Big East Week 10 Wrap Up
Winning for the fifth straight time in the series, host UConn (4-5, 2-2) rallied in the 4th quarter to beat Syracuse (5-4, 1-3), 28-21, Saturday afternoon at Rentschler Field. Husky QB Scott McCummings relieved starter Johnny McEntee and orchestrated the two final period scoring drives, running for both scores. RB Kyle McCombs added 152 yards and a score. Orange QB Ryan Nassib had a nice day throwing for 275 yards and two scores but his fourth-down pass on their final drive was batted down by Husky DT Kendall Reyes and UConn then ran out the clock. Remarkably, UConn had five first-half turnovers and were out gained 365 to 311 but still managed to pull this one out.
The surprising Louisville Cardinals (5-4, 3-1) continued to amaze, upsetting then #24 West Virginia (6-3, 2-2), 38-35, Saturday afternoon at Mountaineer Field. True freshman QB Teddy Bridgewater went 21 of 27 for 246 yards (season-high) and a score but it was the blocked FG returned for a TD that made the difference. The win placed the Cardinals in sole possession of second place in the Big East standings, one game behind Cincinnati. Mountaineers’ QB Geno Smith posted impressive numbers getting 410 yards on 31 of 44 with three scores, but wasn’t enough to overcome a 10-point deficit in the 4th quarter. And the Cardinal defense, ranked #1 in the conference, held WVA scoreless in the 3rd quarter for the first time all season.
In OT, host Rutgers (6-3, 3-2) snapped a two-game losing streak beating USF (4-4, 0-4), 20-17, Saturday night in Piscataway, NJ becoming bowl-eligible. QB Chas Dodd was the hero for the Scarlet knights replacing starter Gary Nova at the start of the 4th quarter. He threw a game-tying 34-yard TD pass with 1:08 remaining. The Golden Bulls had a chance to win but missed a 27-yard FG on the final play of regulation. Statistically, USF was better than Rutgers amassing 381 total yards to 228 and holding the Knights to –7 rushing yards but all for naught as the loss marked their fourth in a row.
#23 Cincinnati (7-1, 3-0) remained in the driver’s seat in conference, besting host Pitt (4-5, 2-2), 26-23, Saturday night at Heinz Field. Erasing a 10-point 3rd quarter deficit, the Bearcats made it six in a row behind the arm of QB Zach Collaros who finished 19 of 32 for 214 yards. Back to back turnovers by the Panthers enabled Cincy to set-up a fourth field goal to take the lead for good. Pitt QB Tino Sunseri led two drives in the final moments but a 50-yard FG with 14 seconds left sailed wide right. A positive for the Panthers – 397 total yards including 179 rushing against a very good Bearcat defense ranked #2 nationally in rushing yards allowed.