Big East: Did you know
September, 16, 2011
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com
Time for a little Big East did you know. Thanks to the league and school sports information offices, and ESPN Stats & Information for the great notes.
- UConn and Iowa State are playing for the first time since 2002. The Huskies won the game 37-20 and at the time, the win was considered the greatest in school history — it was the first against a team that would eventually play in a bowl game.
- UConn linebacker Sio Moore leads the Big East with 3.5 sacks, while defensive end Teddy Jennings has a league-leading five tackles for loss. Jennings has replaced starting defensive end Jesse Joseph, out with a knee injury.
- Pitt is 3-1 against Iowa, with the lone Hawkeyes win coming in 1951. The last time the two teams played was 2008 in a game that featured three current NFL running backs -- LeSean McCoy, LaRod Stephens-Howling and Shonn Greene.
- Pitt defensive tackle Chas Alecxih has the Panthers’ only interception so far this season.
- One of the most effective formations West Virginia has run this season has come with Geno Smith in the shotgun and multiple backs in the backfield. In two games this season, Smith is 17-of-28 for 224 yards and three touchdowns in the formation.
- West Virginia is the only Big East team that has not allowed a touchdown pass this season.
- Cincinnati is 10-for-10 in red zone scoring with nine touchdowns.
- Bearcats running back Isaiah Pead has taken his first carry for a touchdown in each of the first two games this year. On those two carries, Pead has tallied 105 yards and two touchdowns.
- USF has not allowed a point in the first half and has allowed just seven points in the first three quarters this season.
- The Bulls have opened the season 2-0 seven times in their 15-year history, including five of the last six seasons.
- Syracuse has only visited the state of California eight times, going 5-3 in this games. The last time the Orange played a game in California was in 1968, losing to Cal, 43-0. Syracuse last won in California in 1967 when it beat UCLA 32-14. There nearly was one more game in the state. After going 9-1-2 in 1915, the Orange were invited to play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 1916, but declined because of its trip west to face Occidental in early December.
- Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett worked with USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin in Tampa Bay. Hackett's father, Paul, also was the head coach at USC from 1998-2000.
- Louisville outgained Kentucky in the last two meetings in Lexington, but lost both games. The Cardinals outgained UK 467-460 in 2007 and 378-346 in 2009. Victor Anderson ran for 110 yards in the last meeting in Lexington in 2009.