Big East Week 6 Wrap Up
Syracuse (4-2, 0-1) traveled to New Orleans and escaped with a win, besting Tulane, 37-34. Ross Krautman hit a 21-yard FG as time expired to lift the Orangemen over the Green Wave. The O’s took a commanding 17-point lead in the first half but Tulane clawed back to tie it 34-34 in the 4th. Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib completed 19 of 34 including two TD’s and rushed for another. RB Antwon Bailey pitched in with 111 yards.
#16 West Virginia (5-1, 1-0) doesn’t start playing offense until the second half; it seems, as what began as a tight contest became a blow out. The Mountaineers ran away from UConn (2-4, 0-1), 43-16, on the arm of QB Geno Smith (450 yards, 4 TD passes) and the brilliant receiving of Stedman Bailey, who snatched seven balls for 178 yards and two TD’s. The slow start seems to be a pattern as the Mountaineers have struggled out of the gate five out of six games. The Huskies kept the game interesting for the first 30 minutes down only 10-9. UConn’s offense couldn’t really make WVa’s defense sweat or keep the chains moving. QB Johnny McEntee threw for 193 but there was little from the ground game.
With four takeaways and six sacks, host Rutgers (4-1, 2-0) beat a mistake-prone Pitt (3-3, 1-1), 34-10. With the offense putting the Panthers in a bad position time and again, Rutgers capitalized to go 2-0 in league play for only the second time in 21 years. Scarlet Knights’ freshman QB, Gary Nova, got the nod over Chas Dodd and he took advantage of the opportunity. Nova, who decommitted to Pitt, incidentally, finished 11 of 24 for 174 yards and no INT’s. But the difference-maker was the Rutgers’ ball-hawking D, which came into the contest tied with Cincinnati at #1 in the nation with 18 turnovers. Sensational Pitt RB Ray Graham was great, as usual, with 165 yards but QB Tino Sunseri threw three picks.
Louisville (2-3, 0-0) visited UNC and gave the Tar Heels everything they had but fell short losing 14-7. The Cardinals can play defense, sacking the Carolina QB four times and holding the Heels to just 62 yards of offense and two first downs in the first half. If the Cards’ kicker had hit two FG’s in the first half, the outcome might have been different. On offense, QB Teddy Bridgewater did more with his legs than his arm but the lack of big plays sealed their fate. Offensive Coordinator Mike Sanford didn’t travel with the team – whether that affected the team is up to you.