Monday, October 25, 2010

Big East Conference Roundup (Week 8)

Aside from Syracuse's big upset win at West Virginia on Saturday, there were three other Big East Conference games this weekend. Kicking things off on Friday night in Cincinnati were the Bearcats and the South Florida Bulls.

In an absolute shootout, USF managed to hold off Cinci and won 38-30 behind a four touchdown performance from B.J. Daniels. Daniels threw for 2 touchdowns completing 13 of 16 passing attempts for 286 yards and ran for 2 more scores. Cincinnati QB Zach Collaros threw for an amazing 463 yards 3 touchdowns and 1 interception in the loss. Both teams were held in check on the ground, USF ran for 92 yards and Cinci ran for 78 in the loss. Collaros was forced to leave the game late in the 4th quarter after a hard hit and did not return. With the win USF is now 4-3 on the season and 1-2 in the Big East. The loss drops Cinci to just 3-4 on the year, 1-1 in conference play. Next week the Bearcats will host the Syracuse Orangemen at noon on ESPNU while USF will enjoy the week off on a bye.

In another Big East tilt, Pittsburgh held off Rutgers in the 2nd half to give the Panthers the victory. After going into the half tied 14-14, Tino Sunseri threw two second half touchdown passes and Dion Lewis ran for another to pull away from the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers scored a late 4th quarter touchdown to finish with a more respectable 41-21 final score. Sunseri threw for 307 yards 3TDs and 1INT and Dion Lewis added 130 yards and a score for the Panthers. Jon Baldwin also contributed 139 yards on 5 catches and a TD in the lopsided victory. Next week Pittsburgh will play host to Louisville and Rutgers will take the much needed bye week. The loss brings Rutgers to 4-3 on the season and 1-1 in the Big East while Pitt improves to 4-3, 2-0 in the Conference and 1st overall in the Big East.

Lastly, Louisville shut out Connecticut 26-0 at home to go to 4-3 on the season, 1-1 in the Big East. UCONN was held to just 11 first downs and 195 yards of total offense. Louisville kicker Chris Philpott kicked 4 field goals and Doug Beaumont returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown in the win. The lone bright spot for UCONN came from Jordan Todman who ran for 80 yards on 19 carries. UCONN hosts West Virginia next week on Friday night at 8PM on ESPN2. Connecticut is now 3-4 on the year and 0-2 in the Big East.

Conference Standings through week 8:
1. Pittsburgh 4-3 (2-0)
2. SYRACUSE 5-2 (2-1)
3. West Virginia 5-2 (1-1)
4. Louisville 4-3 (1-1)
5. Rutgers 4-3 (1-1)
6. Cincinnati 3-4 (1-1)
7. South Florida 4-3 (1-2)
8. Connecticut 3-4 (0-2)

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