Pitt opened up an early 10-0 lead on Syracuse in the first quarter, and despite a marginal comeback by the Orange in the second half, a 20-yard fumble recovery by Antwuan Reed sealed the deal for Pitt. The Panthers defeated the Orange 33-20 on Senior Day at Heinz Field.
The Pitt defense--putting a focus and a priority on forcing turnovers all season--had come close to forcing big plays all season. Saturday, they put it all together, forcing six. In addition to that, they scored 27 points off those six turnovers.
Individually speaking, senior Brandon Lindsey couldn't have had a finer performance in his final game at Heinz Field. Lindsey wrapped up six tackles on defense, a sack, two forced fumbles and an interception. Todd Thomas also had a forced fumble and a sack. Senior Chas Alecxih had the other sack for the Pitt defense.
Fittingly--on senior day--Tristan Roberts had two fumble recoveries. Buddy Jackson added another. Andrew Taglianetti had the other Pitt interception--Pitt's sixth forced turnover of the day--which followed on the heels of Reed's fumble recovery for a touchdown.
On offense, Tino Sunseri completed 25-of-34 passes for 259 yards, a touchdown pass and an interception. Isaac Bennett--making his first career start--rushed 13 times for 51 yards. He also finished with 7 catches for 61 yards.
Stay tuned for more from Heinz Field following this Pitt win.