This could be the start of a really fun trend for Pitt fans. True freshman Tyler Boyd continued to impress the Panther faithful by putting together another impressive performance yesterday and because of that, he is again our Pitt Player of the Game. Boyd brought the crowd to their feet on several occasions and has Pitt fans waiting to see what he'll do to top it next week. Yes...we are witnessing the arrival of a star at Heinz Field and buckle up, because it is going to be a great ride.
On display first was Boyd's concentration and body position that allowed him to make a 51-yard catch despite a pass interference penalty on a Lobos defender. The play set up fellow true freshman Scott Orndoff's first career touchdown a few plays later.
Later in the first quarter, it was what is quickly becoming a familiar site for Panther fans: a 33-yard jet sweep for a touchdown by Mr. Boyd. Tyler's run was set up by a devastating block from tight end Manasseh Garner that sprung the freshman around the right side for the score.
Boyd wasn't finished there. He saved his best play for the last play of the first half. With time expiring and Tom Savage scrambling to his right, the fifth-year senior QB launched a pass into double coverage for #23. Boyd timed his leap, got his hands on the ball, and somehow managed to get one foot down before going out of the back of the end zone. The play had to be upheld for review and Panther fans ate it up.
On the day, Boyd finished with 22 return yards, 39 rushing yards, and 134 receiving yards with two touchdowns. What will the phenom come up with next week at Duke? Who knows, but I know we'll all be watching. Don't forget that he was a quarterback in high school, so you can feel a pass coming on real soon to add to his budding resume.