Big East Week 11 Wrap Up
Finally getting a conference win, visiting USF (5-4,1-4) beat Syracuse (5-5, 1-4), 37-17, Friday night in the Carrier Dome. Bulls’ QB B.J. Daniels did it all, finishing 23 of 34 for 254 yards and rushed 21 times for 117 yards and a score. The balance of run and pass was too much for the Orange, who couldn’t find a rhythm and fell behind 20-10 at the half. Both teams were penalized heavily – USF 10 for 84 yards and Syracuse 7 for 86. Orange QB Ryan Nassib had to keep throwing- he finished with 297 yards- because of the lack of a running game.
Breaking a three-game Louisville (5-5, 3-2) winning streak, visiting Pitt (5-5, 3-2) eked out the win, 21-14, Saturday afternoon at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The Panthers had been slumping, losing three of their last four, but ran over the Cards’ stout defense in the win. The Cats got a good day from QB Tino Sunseri and the run game, racking up 200 yards on the ground. Sunseri finished 16 of 22 for 197 yards and a TD and added another rushing touchdown. The Cards were coming off a huge win over West Virginia last week but seemed to have a letdown. Louisville made just 3 of 11 3rd down conversions and had only seven points until scoring a TD with 12 seconds left.
Rallying from a 4th quarter deficit, West Virginia (7-3, 3-2) squeezed out a win over host then #23 Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1), 24-21, Saturday afternoon. Neers QB Geno Smith once again had to bring the team back late in the contest without a running game to help him. He finished 29 of 43 for 372 yards directing a 10-play drive that culminated with a go-ahead score with 8:52 left. The Bearcats lost their starting QB, Zach Collaros, in the second quarter with an ankle injury, but back-up Munchie Legaux gave a valiant effort going 10 of 21 for 144 yards and scampering for 77 yards on 8 carries. The hero was WVU safety, Eain Smith who blocked a game-tying 31-yard FG with two seconds left.
Getting a blocked punt for a score, Rutgers (7-3, 3-2) bested Army, 27-12, Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium in New York. After Army closed to 13-12 early in the fourth, Wayne Warren came up with the huge play as Jordan Thomas scooped up the ball and ran it from 32 yards with 6:36 left to essentially put the game out of reach. Special teams and defensive play, as usual, carried the day with the D getting two nice stands inside its own 3 early limiting Army to FG’s. On offense, WR Mohamed Sanu was first –rate as he broke the Big East single-season record for receptions. The ground game needs work accounting for only 118 yards but a win is a win.