Big East Week 8 Wrap Up
In a mistake-filled defensive war of wills, visiting Rutgers (5-2, 2-1) fell to host Louisville (3-4, 1-1), 16-14. True freshman QB Gary Nova threw three picks for the Scarlet Knights including one with less than two minutes left to seal the deal for the Cards. Meanwhile, usually dependable kicker, San San Te, missed two FG’s (31, 25) and WR Mark Harrison dropped a sure touchdown late in the fourth quarter that would have put Rutgers ahead. The Scarlet Knights’ defense, which was leading the league with 24 sacks going in, had none. The Cardinals running game finally got moving with a season-high 186 yards including 107 from Jeremy Wright.
#15 West Virginia (5-2, 1-1) got taken down handily by host Syracuse (5-2, 1-1) Friday night, 49-23, in front of a raucous Carrier Dome home faithful. Execution by the Orange was first-rate as the game plan to dominate the line of scrimmage and harass the QB worked as planned. The O utilized the TE on offense, which worked like a charm against the Mountaineer D. The win marked the second year in a row Syracuse upset WVU. QB Ryan Nassib was clearly the best quarterback on the field going 24 of 32 for 230 yards with 4 TD passes. Game ball belongs to TE Nick Provo who had three of 6 completions for TD’s.
Cincinnati (6-1, 2-0) visited Tampa and snatched victory from host USF (4-3, 0-3) in the final moments, 37-34. Bearcat QB Zach Collaros was “Mr. Everything” with three passing scores and rushed for two more in the fourth quarter. His 2-yard TD run came with 12 seconds remaining crushing the Golden Bulls faithful. USF QB B.J. Daniels had a great day finishing with 409 yards and three TD’s but it wasn’t enough as the Bulls dropped their third in a row. Both squads were sloppy with 10 penalties each and multiple turnovers but Cincy remains the only unbeaten in the conference.