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PITTSBURGH—Pitt senior outside linebacker Brandon Lindsey has been named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Panthers’ 33-20 victory over Syracuse this past Saturday.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK—Pitt’s Brandon Lindsey (Aliquippa) puts the heat on Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib. Lindsey, a senior playing in his final game at Heinz Field for the Panthers, had an interception in the Panthers 33-20 win.

Lindsey (Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa) 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 fumbles led to Pitt field goals. On the day he totaled six tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles, an interception and three QB 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.

With his one sack against Syracuse, Lindsey now has 22.5 for his career, moving him past Rickey Jackson (1977-80) and Ricardo McDonald (1988-91) for ninth all-time on Pitt’s quarterback sack list.

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