I had a little bit of trouble trying to pick a Panther of the Game. For me, there was no clear choice again but I trimmed it down to two guys - linebacker Oluwaseun Idowu and running back Qadree Ollison.
Ollison was again very solid and I think he even looked significantly better than he did last week against Youngstown State when I gave him the award after he led the team in rushing and receiving. On Saturday against Penn State, Ollison broke some longer runs and had 96 yards on only 15 carries for a healthy 6.4 ypc average. He also added two catches for 30 yards but he couldn't get into the end zone.
I ended up giving the award to Idowu, who, despite a blown coverage on one play, was pretty good. He led Pitt in tackles with seven (and solo tackles with five) and three of them were for losses. Idowu also recorded a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry. Pitt didn't recover the fumble but Idowu did his job. One of his tackles was a great one special teams that really prevented a big gain.
I think you could go either way here but racking up three tackles for losses was too much to ignore. And while Ollison had a strong game, not getting into the end zone in a game where Pitt had to settle for field goals was kind of an omission on his resume.
What say you? Who gets your vote?
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