Monday, November 1, 2010

Big East Conference Roundup (Week 9)

The Big East kicked things off this week with a shocker Friday night. With West Virginia coming off a very tough loss at home against Syracuse, the Mountaineers traveled to Connecticut this weekend to take on the Huskies. WVU was clearly still stinging from the loss to Syracuse because they put the ball on the turf a total of seven times. UCONN managed to recover four of the fumbles and take the Mountaineers into overtime. In the overtime WVU fumbled the ball yet again, and UCONN recovered to end the scoring drive. A few Jordan Todman carries later and Dave Teggart came out to drill a 27 yard field goal for the win. 16-13 UCONN. West Virginia hasn't lost two straight games since the 2008 season. Todman finished the game with 113 yards on 35 carries and a touchdown. Both teams have a bye this week. The Loss drops West Virginia to 5-3 overall, 1-2 Big East. UCONN is now 4-4 on the year, 1-2 in the conference.

Aside from the Syracuse-Cincinnati game there was one other match up on the Big East slate. Pittsburgh hosted Louisville and the Panthers did not disappoint the home town fans. Louisville was held to just 82 passing yards and their star running back Bilal Powell (4th best runner in the country) was lost in the 3rd quarter for the remainder of the game with a right knee injury. After Louisville jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, it was all Pittsburgh, as they rattled off 20 unanswered points. Louisville will travel to Syracuse next week to take on the Orangemen at 12:00. Pittsburgh gets the bye. Pittsburgh is now 5-3 overall, 3-0 in the Big East and alone in 1st place in the conference. Louisville is 4-4, 1-2 Big East.

There are only two Big East games this week, the aforementioned Syracuse-Louisville showdown and Rutgers versus South Florida in Tampa on Wednesday at 7pm on ESPN2.

Conference Standings through week 9:
1. Pittsburgh 5-3 (3-0)
2. SYRACUSE 6-2 (3-1)
3. Rutgers 4-3 (1-1)
4. West Virginia 5-3 (1-2)
5. South Florida 4-3 (1-2)
6. Connecticut 4-4 (1-2)
7. Louisville 4-4 (1-2)
8. Cincinnati 3-5 (1-2)

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