Monday, October 18, 2010

Big East Conference Roundup (Week 7)

One cannot talk about Big East Football this week without starting with Rutgers junior defensive tackle Eric LeGrand. During Saturday's game against Army at the New Meadowlands Stadium, LeGrand ran down the field on kickoff coverage with 5 minutes and change left in the game and delivered a tackle to the Army return man Malcolm Brown. He laid on the ground motionless and was carted off the field.

Yesterday, everyone's worst fears became reality when they announced that LeGrand underwent emergency spinal cord surgery and it was determined that he is now paralyzed from the neck down.

In a sport as violent as football its a wonder more serious injuries don't occur every day. However, when it does its always a shock. Eric LeGrand, a 6'3" 263 pound junior from Avenal, New Jersey is currently in the Intensive Care Unit at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Fans who wish to send Eric LeGrand a message can do so by clicking here thanks to a website set up by Rutgers University. I'm not sure what one says to a young man who loved the game of football as much as he did, and who now has now has to make sense of this tragedy, but for those of you who are able to find the words you can click here and send them directly to him.

Scores from around the Big East:
West Virginia defeated South Florida 20-6 in a Thursday night match up. BJ Daniels followed up his awful performance against the cuse with an even worse one. Daniels threw 3 interceptions on 20 of 30 passing for just 119 yards. He ran for 4 yards as well. West Virginia is now 5-1 overall (1-0 Big East) and ranked 20th in both polls. Next week West Virginia will host Syracuse at 12 noon on ESPN2. South Florida (3-3 overall, 0-2 Big East) will travel to Cincinnati for a Friday night game.

Speaking of Cincinnati, they won a shootout against Louisville 35-27 on the road. Zach Collaros threw for 5 touchdowns (and 2 interceptions) on 18 of 28 pasing attempts for 275 yards for Cinci. Isaiah Pead ran for 145 yards on 21 carries for the Bearcats, and Bilal Powell ran for 209 yards and 2TDs for Louisville. Armon Binns caught 8 balls for 175 yards and 3 TDs for Cinci as well. Louisville will host UCONN at home Saturday at 3:30PM on ESPNU.

Finally Rutgers defeated Army in overtime 23-20 in East Rutherford, NJ. Rutgers will travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday for a noon kickoff.

Current Big East Standings:
1. West virginia 5-1 (1-0)
2. Rutgers 4-2 (1-0)
3. Cincinnati 3-3 (1-0)
4. Pittsburgh 3-3 (1-0)
5. SYRACUSE 4-2 (1-1)
6. Connecticut 3-3 (0-1)
7. Louisville 3-3 (0-1)
8. South Florida 3-3 (0-2)

Syracuse's loss drops them from 1st place down to 5th place in the Big East standings.

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