"Whether it's previous successes or previous failures, you can't come to work every day and not try to get better,'' Holgorsen said. "It looks to me like he's bought in. He's trying to do everything he can to get better because it's shown up on tape.''
Sunseri has completed 64 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns with eight interceptions. Sunseri also has one rushing touchdown in each of Pittsburgh's last three games, proving to be a difficult red-zone matchup for opponents.
"Their quarterback makes plays with his feet that you sometimes don't expect on certain plays, but he has the ability to do that as well,'' said West Virginia defensive lineman Julian Miller. "I think it's their quarterback that's kept the offense together.''
Despite the Panthers' struggles on the scoreboard in last year's Backyard Brawl, Sunseri managed to move the ball, completing 28-of-46 passes for 284 yards against the Mountaineers.
He'll be tested by a defense that's second in the conference against the pass, giving up 203 yards per game.
"They look to depend a little more on Tino Sunseri now,'' said West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin. "Anything passing is my strength, you know. That's what I like to do, rush the passer.''