Big East Week 3 Wrap Up
UConn (1-2, 0-0) lost a heartbreaker, allowing visiting Iowa State to rally in the second half, 24-20. The Cyclones overcame a 10-0 Huskies’ lead with a trick play in the 3rd quarter then never looked back. UConn drove the ball into ISU territory twice in the final two minutes but couldn’t get in the end zone. The Huskies used three different QB’s who combined for 15 of 36 and 231 yards. Missed scoring opportunities doomed hurt.
In a huge in-state rivalry game, Louisville (2-1, 0-0) got by Kentucky, 24-17, in Lexington ending a four-game losing streak in that match-up. True freshman back-up QB Teddy Bridgewater stepped in for Will Stein early in the 2nd quarter after he went out with a bad shoulder and led the Cards to a halftime lead of 14-3. The D played well enough to close things out as Dexter Heyman, Sr. LB, made 12 tackles and forced a fumble.
Playing three quarters won’t get it done as Pitt (2-1, 0-0) struggled in the final period falling to Iowa, 31-27. The Hawkeyes rallied from a 17-point deficit to stun the Panthers who definitely need a pass rush. Panther RB Ray Graham, the nation’s leading rusher, was bottled-up but still managed 97 yards. The offense turned over the ball three times.
#20 USF (3-0, 0-0) routed Florida A & M, 70-17. Everyone got to play as the bench was used extensively in the blow out. QB B.J. Daniels continues to impress as he took target practice against the overmatched Rattlers completing 21 of 31 for 382 yards (career high) and 4 TD’s before leaving in the third quarter. RB Darrell Scott had a big night too rushing for a career best 146 yards.
Without a running game, visiting Syracuse (2-1, 0-0) couldn’t get past USC falling 38-17. The Orange pass defense gave up way too many plays to Trojan receivers, allowing 324 yards through the air. Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib played well finishing 25 of 37 including his first 11 in a row, amassing 230 yards but he couldn’t do it alone.
A game of two halfs describes the action for #16 West Virginia (3-0, 0-0) as disaster was lurking in the name of a re-energized Maryland squad. The Mountaineers held-off the Terps 37-31. The offense worked well with QB Geno Smith bombing for 388 yards and one score while receiver Tavon Austin grabbed 11 catches for 122. Smith led West Virginia on a 14-play, 65-yard drive that produced a FG with 4:42 left. The D intercepted on the ensuing Maryland drive to ice it.
Host Cincinnati (2-1, 0-0) beat Akron 59-14. Four QB’s saw action for the Bearcats with senior starter Zach Collaros finishing 10 of 16 for 157 yards. The Cats’ offense scored on their opening drive for the third consecutive game and the Cincy D scored three TD’s clawing the ball away from Akron via fumbles and INT’s.