Big East Week 4 Wrap Up
Thursday night in front of a national television audience host Cincinnati (3-1, 0-0) was brilliant offensively, defeating NC State, 44-14. The Bearcats QB, Zach Collaros, finished with impressive numbers – 263 yards, 2 TD passes, and nine runs for 52 yards and 2 scores. The Cincy D did its job, as well, containing the Wolfpack and holding them to –26 yards rushing. It was a complete performance on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
Winning in OT, host Syracuse (3-1, 0-0) escaped a dangerous Toledo squad, 33-30. The Orange took the lead 30-27 after an apparent missed extra point was allowed to stand then a 20-yard FG as time expired in regulation sent the game into the extra period. QB Ryan Nassib was 16 of 24 for 213 yards and TE Nick Provo grabbed three passes for 54 yards and one TD as the Orange clawed back from a 20-13 deficit.
Playing gritty, host Pitt (2-2, 0-0) got it close but couldn’t overtake Notre Dame, falling 15-12. QB Tino Sunseri had a respectable outing throwing for 165 yards and a score but he also got sacked twice on the Panthers’ final drive snuffing out a late rally. For the second week in a row, Pitt let a second half lead slip away. A bright spot, as usual, was RB Ray Graham who scrambled for 82 yards and 43 receiving.
Capitalizing on four turnovers, host Rutgers (2-1, 0-0) knocked off the Bobcats of Ohio, 38-26. Scarlet Knights’ receiver Mohamed Sanu had a record-setting performance, snatching 16 passes for 176 yards and two TD’s, which broke the single-game mark of 13 for a Big East conference receiver. Rutgers converted 11 of 18 3rd down attempts.
Visiting UConn (2-2, 0-0) pulled away from Buffalo, 17-3, and may have settled on a starting quarterback in the process. Johnny McEntee, a third-year walk-on, finished 12 of 21 for 213 yards with 2 TD’s. The defense was stout, allowing only three points out of three trips to the red zone helping the Huskies to snap a two-game losing skid.
#18 USF (4-0, 0-0) easily managed visiting UTEP, 52-24. Bulls’ QB B.J. Daniels was great as usual, tossing for 202 yards and galloping for another 130. He scored on a 71-yard run on the Bulls’ second offensive play. In all, USF amassed 575 total yards – 373 on the ground. In fact, USF had three scoring plays of 50 yards or more. Last season, they had three 50-yard scoring plays total.
In the marquee game of the weekend for the Big East, host #16 West Virginia (3-1, 0-0) fell to #2 LSU, 47-21. The Mountaineers racked-up 463 passing yards but never were able to sustain momentum. While outgaining the Tigers 533 to 366, ten penalties, four turnovers and breakdowns on special teams doomed the home team. QB Geno Smith made the record books setting school marks for completions (38), attempts (65) and passing yards (463) but he had two INTs after throwing one in the previous three games.