Big East roundup - Week 3

Written by Sam Werner on .

We all know what Pitt did on Saturday, but let's take a look at how the rest of the Big East fared...

Rutgers 23, South Florida 13: The Bulls actually moved the ball alright against Rutgers' highly-touted defense, racking up 337 total yards, including 242 from quarterback B.J. Daniels. Unfortunately for South Florida, Daniels also threw three crucial picks, and Rutgers took advantage. Jawan Jamsion ran for 151 yards and a touchdown with 1:19 left to seal the win. The Bulls had the game tied 13-13 with 9:23 to play, but Rugers scored 10 points in the final three minutes to pull away.

No. 19 Louisville (beat North Carolina 39-34): The Cardinals jumped up 36-7 at halftime and looked poised to run away with things, but then promptly tried to give the game away. The Tar Heels outscored Louisville 27-3 in the second half and the Cardinals had to knock away a fourth-down pass in their own end zone to hang on and stay undefeated. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater continued his stellar season, completing 23 of 28 passes for 279 yards, three touchdowns and no picks.

Connecticut (beat Maryland 24-21): The Huskies also held off a late rally to hold on and beat their former coach Randy Edsall. The Huskies led 17-7 in the third quarter, but Maryland fought back and pulled within three on a Perry Hills touchdown run with just over four minutes to play. They got the ball back late with a chance to win, but only advanced to the Connecticut 39-yard line before the drive stalled with 17 seconds left. Lyle McCombs had 27 carries for 94 yards (3.5 ypc) and what ended up being the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Syracuse (beat Stony Brook 28-17): Pitt's next Big East opponent, actually trailed the Division I-AA Seawolves 17-14 at halftime. The defense shut down Stony Brook in the second half, though, and quarterback Ryan Nassib threw two second-half touchdown passes to snap a seven-game losing streak for Syracuse. On the game, the Orange held Stony Brook to just 94 yards passing, but gave up 217 yards on the ground.

Cincinnati (beat Delaware St. 23-7): Despite six turnovers, including two interceptions from quarterback Munchie Legaux, the Bearcats had no problems defeating the Division I-AA Hornets. Cincinnati racked up 259 yards on the ground, 147 from running back George Winn. They let Delware State running back Malcolm Williams rush for 110 yards, but 60 of those game on a touchdown run in the fourth quarter, the Hornets' only score.

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