Big East Week 7 Wrap Up
It was all about converting scoring opportunities and tough defense as visiting Cincinnati (5-1, 1-0) bested Louisville (2-4, 0-1), 25-16, in the conference opener for both squads. The Bearcat defense buttoned-up in the second half and the offense did just enough to put the game away. QB Zach Collaros was accurate but minimized, managing 152 yards. RB Isaiah Pead took control with 151 yards and a spectacular 50-yard scamper to all but put the game out of reach. For the Cardinal offense, it just seems to get FG’s instead of TD’s with the lone score coming on a pick six. QB Teddy Bridgewater continues to improve but the offense has got to find ways to keep the chains moving.
In a winnable game, USF (4-2, 0-2) fell to host UConn (3-4, 1-1), 16-10. Coming off a bye, this was not what the Golden Bulls envisioned, committing four turnovers and getting flagged nine times. QB B. J. Daniels threw two INT’s and had a key fumble while his defense was hanging tough. The Bulls’ pass rush was intimidating sacking the Huskies’ QB, Johnny McEntee, seven times but UConn still managed to milk the clock and hang on for the win. McEntee finished with only 103 yards but runner, Lyle McCombs, picked up 130. The main difference - mistakes - and UConn made the least.
It was all about poor offensive line play, as host Pitt (3-4, 1-1) lost to the Utes of Utah, 26-14. Utah was constantly in the Panthers backfield screwing-up the passing game as QB’s Tino Sunseri and Trey Anderson combined to complete 5 of 19 for 50 yards. The running game wasn’t much better as star speedster Ray Graham was held to 46 yards on 12 carries. In all, the Panther offense totaled 120 yards ending with 3 of 15 3rddown conversions and allowing six QB sacks. Eight penalties were bad and three turnovers were worse. Pitt has now lost four of their last five.
Winning for the fourth straight time, host Rutgers (5-1, 2-0) got by Navy, 21-20. The offense wasn’t consistent but the aggressive defensive unit blocked a go-ahead FG with 4:43 to play to save the day. Freshman QB Gary Nova finished 23 of 31 for a career-best 271 but showed he’s a rookie throwing a pick six and another INT to give Navy a chance to win. Mohamed Sanu did his part snatching 10 for 100 yards but the D really needs the credit holding an active Middie offense to just 162 yards rushing.