Big East Week 9 Wrap Up
In an big win, host Louisville (4-4, 2-1) handled Syracuse (5-3, 1-2), 27-10, Saturday afternoon. The Cardinal defense held the O to a season-low 246 total yards and snapped the Orange 4-game conference road-winning streak. The offense did just enough to provide the cushion with freshman QB Teddy Bridgewater passing for 2 TD’s in his fifth start. The Orange offense sputtered and had no consistency. Penalties were a problem with eight for 74 yards in the first half alone. Louisville and their faithful got a visit from injured player Anthony Conner who broke his neck against Rutgers last week. He went to the Card locker room pregame then received a standing ovation in the stadium.
Host Pitt (4-4, 2-1) won the battle but lost the war, beating UConn (3-5, 1-2), 35-20, but lost star RB Ray Graham for the year to a knee injury. Panther QB Tino Sunseri was brilliant throwing for a career-high 419 yards and two TD’s and ran for another leading his team back from two straight losses. He finished 29 of 42. For the Huskies, fresh RB Kyle McCombs did his job getting 124 yards but UConn could not get the passing game going. QB Johnny McEntee completed 17 of 33 for 193 yards and two scores but the Big East’s worst offense again struggled to move the ball for extended drives.
#25 West Virginia (6-2, 2-1) rallied in the fourth quarter and beat host Rutgers (5-3, 2-2), 41-31, Saturday evening in a snowstorm. Mountaineers’ QB Geno Smith threw two second half TD’s to help his team post its 17th straight win over the Scarlet Knights. The Knights went ahead early in the first half behind freshman QB Gary Nova who threw 2 TD passes and finished 18 of 46 for 235 yards with 2 INT’s. Rutgers gambled in the 4th opting to fake a 28-yard FG and leading 31-28. The pass fell incomplete. On the ensuing series, the Mountaineers marched 89 yards then finished with a Smith TD dive on 4th and goal. The Mountaineers are bowl-eligible for the 10th consecutive season.