Monday, October 11, 2010

Big East Roundup (Week 6)

Now that the dust has settled on an outstanding Syracuse weekend and we all begin to dry out from what was surely two nights of celebration, we can sit back and look at how the rest of the Big East did this weekend.

The first game on the slate this weekend was the Friday night game UCONN at Rutgers. Rutgers freshman QB Chas Dodd starting in place of Tom Savage threw for 18/29 322 yards and 2 TDs. Rutgers scored 10 straight 4th quarter points to edge the Huskies in Piscataway, final score 27-24. Rutgers kicked a 34 yard field goal with just 13 seconds left to give them the edge on this night. Rutgers will host Army at the New Meadowlands stadium this Saturday at 2PM while UCONN will be enjoying a bye week.

Louisville absolutely destroyed Memphis at home, 56-0. Louisville quarterback Adam Froman threw for 235 yards on 12 of 16 attempts with 4 TD passes. Bilal Powell, Cardinal running back, tallied 204 rushing yards of his own to go along with 2 rushing scores. The Cards defense held Memphis to just 39 rushing yards on the day and it was the program's first shut out since beating Temple 62-0 in 2006. Louisville will face off against Cincinnati at home this weekend to open up their conference schedule.

Pittsburgh traveled to South Bend this past Saturday and lost to the Fightin' Irish 23-17 in a contest that was hardly ever in doubt. Pittsburgh would jump out to an early 3-0 lead, however Notre Dame responded with 20 unanswered points. The loss drops Pittsburgh to 2-3 on the year. It was Notre Dame's first win over Pitt since 2005. Additionally, they haven't beaten Pitt in South Bend since 2002. Pittsburgh will travel to Syracuse next week.

Elsewhere in the conference West Virginia topped UNLV at home 49-10 and Cincinnati dominated Miami of Ohio 45-3. Geno Smith of WVU threw three touchdown passes, all to Brad Starks, and Noel Devine rushed for two scores of his own in this lopsided victory. Cinci would jump out to a quick 28-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Zach Collaros threw for 3 TD passes and 216 total yards and Isaiah Pead rushed for 197 yards on 10 carries with 1 TD. Next week Cinci will travel to Louisville in a Big East match up, and West Virginia will host South Florida on ESPN Thursday night at 7:30.

Through six weeks of Big East play, the conference standings are as follows:
1. SYRACUSE 4-1 (1-0)
2. Rutgers 3-2 (1-0)
3. West Virginia 4-1
4. Louisville 3-2
5. Cincinnati 2-3
6. Pittsburgh 2-3
7. South Florida 3-2 (0-1)
8. Connecticut 3-3 (0-1)

[UPDATE: Senior Max Suter named Big East Defensive Player of the week. Suter recorded 8 tackles, six of them solo three for a loss, and a sack. Suter was a 2007 Big East Special Teams Player of the week in 2007 after a 93 yard kickoff return for a touch down in Louisville.]

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