By Colin Dunlap | 1 a.m. Sunday
There was good and bad for the conference yesterday.
The good? That South Florida win was outstanding, a feather in the Big East's cap without a doubt. Also, Cincinnati fought off a tough Fresno team.
The bad? Pitt should have pulled that one out at NC State. The Panthers were ahead and should have held on.
Here's what all went down:
NC State 38, Pitt 31
> A beat writer I work with tells us Pitt's defense didn't play very well
> A columnist I work with tells us Pitt's defense didn't play very well
South Florida 17, Florida State 7
> USF coach Jim Leavitt calls this a "very historical win." Don't think many would argue with him, especially because he always wears that menacing-looking visor
Connecticut 52, Rhode Island 10
> Blowout, as expected. One thing came from this, though --- UConn might have a bit of a choice to make at quarterback
Cincinnati 28, Fresno State 20
> Fresno controlled the clock. They couldn't win the game
Syracuse 41, Maine 24
> Not pretty. But games aren't measured by style points
Rutgers 34, Maryland 13
> Full Rutgers coverage from the Newark Star-Ledger here.....great stuff
Utah 30, Louisville 14
> Louisville just isn't very good