Pitt senior outside linebacker Brandon Lindsey was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Panthers’ 33-20 victory over Syracuse.
The Aliquippa High School graduate had a direct hand in three Syracuse turnovers that led to 13 points, including the game-clinching score. With under three minutes remaining and Pitt protecting a 26-20 lead, Lindsey sacked Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib, forcing a fumble that was grabbed out of the air by cornerback Antwuan Reed and returned 20 yards for the clinching touchdown.
Lindsey also had a first-quarter interception and forced a fumble in the third quarter that Pitt recovered. Both of those turnovers led to Pitt field goals. On the day, he totaled six tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles, an interception and three quarterback hurries.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Lindsey has played dual roles for the Pitt defense this year, serving as both a down defensive lineman and outside linebacker. On the season, he has 48 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
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