Monday, November 15, 2010

Big East Conference Roundup (Week 11)

There was a full slate of games on the schedule this week in the Big East. Our very own Syracuse Orangemen knocked off the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in New Jersey 13-10, and improved to 4-2 in Big East play, 7-3 overall. Elsewhere in the conference, Pittsburgh and Connecticut got things started Thursday night in East Hartford, Conn.

Behind 222 rushing yards by Jordan Todman, the Huskies managed to upset the Pittsburgh Panthers 30-28 at Rentschler Field. Down by 9 points with under 5 minutes to go Jon Baldwin caught a 20 yard touchdown pass to cut the Huskie lead to 2, however Connecticut managed to convert a huge 4th and 1 from their own 19 yard line and run out the clock to ensure the upset victory. The loss drops Pittsburgh to 5-4 on the year, and it was their first Big East loss of the season (3-1). Connecticut now improves to 5-4 on the year and evens their conference record at 2-2.

South Florida and Louisville met up with each school just 1 win away from bowl eligibility. Louisville's Justin Burke threw a 10 yard touchdown pass to Josh Bellamy with just 1:21 left in the fourth quarter to force overtime. However, USF kicker Maikon Bonani drilled a 37 yard field goal in overtime to give the Bulls the victory and bowl eligibility. Burke finished with 146 yards and 3 TD passes (one interception) for the Cardinals filling in for the still injured Adam Froman. Bilal Powell returned for the Cards and ran for 140 yards on 31 carries. B.J. Daniels threw for a very unimpressive 87 yards for USF, and 1 TD. The Bulls are now 6-3 on the year, 3-2 in the Big East. Louisville's record is even at 5-5, still just one win away from becoming bowl eligible, and 2-3 in conference play.

Lastly, West Virginia smoked Cincinnati at home, dropping the Bearcats 37-10. Geno Smith threw for 174 yards and 4 touchdowns (1 INT) and lead the Mountaineers into the locker room at half time up 30-3. Zach Collaros threw for 221 yards and zero touchdowns with two interceptions. Cincinnati, who won the Big East Championship the last two seasons, is now 3-6 on the year, and just 1-3 in the Big East. West Virginia improves to 6-3, 2-2 in the conference.

Next week there's another full slate of games. Pittsburgh travels to South Florida and Louisville hosts West Virginia, both games kick-off at noon. At 7PM Syracuse will host Connecticut in the Carrier Dome and Rutgers will travel to Cincinnati.

Conference Standings Through Week 11:
1. Pittsburgh 5-4 (3-1)
2. SYRACUSE 7-3 (4-2)
3. South Florida 6-3 (3-2)
4. Connecticut 5-4 (2-2)
5. West Virginia 6-3 (2-2)
6. Louisville 5-5 (2-3)
7. Rutgers 4-5 (1-3)
8. Cincinnati 3-6 (1-3)

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