Pitt received great efforts from several players in their 45-34 win over Louisville. Tyler Boyd had another "whatever" 100 yard receiving game. Qadree Ollison desperately tried in the fourth quarter to take home the award and finished with 152 yards rushing. Neither of them could match the Herculean game that defensive end Ejuan Price put on the field yesterday, however.
The redshirt senior (who could be back for a sixth year due to injuries) put on a great display of pressure on both Louisville quarterbacks that played yesterday. Price finished yesterday with ten tackles, six tackles for loss, and finally five sacks! Yes....five. That's the most sacks by a player for Pitt since 2000, when Bryan Knight recorded 4.5 against Bowling Green (thanks to Chris Peak and Jerry DiPaola for that stat).
Price used his combination of speed and strength, mixed in with leverage and a variety of moves to record his sacks and also put a ton of pressure on both Lamar Jackson and starter Kyle Bolin. One of Price's sacks was thanks to two half sacks that were awarded to him. The Woodland Hills graduate recorded those two half sacks later in the game as Louisville was mounting a comeback attempt. That gave Pitt the ball in good field position where Ollison took over.
Price's effort was one of the best in recent years and despite the offensive performances, he is our Panther of the Game.