Pitt pulling away from Louisville

I've got Jabaal Sheard winning my Big East defensive player of the year race this week, and the Pitt defensive end proved his value moments ago.

Sheard slammed into Louisville quarterback Adam Froman and jarred the ball loose. Defensive tackle Myles Caragein scooped it up and rumbled 55 yards to the Cardinals 5, where Dion Lewis punched it in for a touchdown and a 20-3 Panthers lead.

It was a huge turn of events, as Louisville was putting together a nice drive despite losing star running back Bilal Powell to an apparent knee injury early in the march. Powell was trying to get loose on an exercise bike and might return. The Cardinals will need him after Pitt has tacked on two touchdowns in the second half after going up 6-3 at halftime.

It's an uphill climb for Louisville, and Pittsburgh is in good shape to improve to 3-0 in league play and have a virtual two-game lead in the Big East thanks to its wins against the remaining one-loss teams, Rutgers and Syracuse (assuming the Orange hold on to beat Cincinnati).