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Weekend rewind: Big East

Let's take a quick look back at Week 7:

The good: If you are UConn, the offense was not so good but at least the defense was better in a 16-10 win over USF. After giving up back-to-back 400-yard passing games, the Huskies held USF to 164 yards through the air. For the second straight week, they failed to score an offensive touchdown. But the defense created four turnovers and returned one fumble for a score to even the Huskies' Big East record at 1-1. ... The Bearcats continued to play well on defense, shutting out Louisville in the second half of a 25-16 comeback win. Cincinnati has held its last three opponents to a combined 41 yards rushing, and has surpassed last season's win total with six games remaining. Rutgers is winning the same way -- its defense now ranks No. 1 in the Big East -- and also has surpassed its win total from a year ago. Gary Nova rebounded from a shaky first half to lead a 21-20 comeback win over Navy. Kudos to the Scarlet Knights for getting their first 100-yard rusher of the season. Jawan Jamison had 101 yards and a touchdown. ... Louisville has been bad on offense this year, and that has overshadowed a defense that has been one of the most solid in the league. The Cardinals have held their last 18 opponents to fewer than 300 passing yards, and the most points they have given up all year is 25 (to Cincinnati). They rank No. 17 in the nation in total defense.

The bad: Take your pick of the best way to describe the Pitt offense on Saturday: dismal, embarrassing or terrible. Coach Todd Graham used all three in the wake of his team's 26-14 loss to Utah. Pittsburgh rolled up more than 500 yards against USF three weeks ago. But against the Utes, it had 120 total yards, a season low. The offensive line allowed six sacks, raising its season total to 34. That is 11 more than the next worst team (UNLV, Akron each have 23). At this rate, Pitt is on pace to allow 58 sacks this season. Not quite as bad as Rutgers last season (64) but completely unacceptable. Meanwhile, Ray Graham had season lows for carries (12) and yards (46). If you take away a 21-yard run, he averaged 2.3 yards a carry. Pitt has now lost four of its last five games after a 2-0 start. ... USF also is on a two-game slide after a 4-0 start. QB B.J. Daniels had one turnover in five games. In the loss to UConn, he had three, and saw a streak of 129 consecutive passes without an interception snapped. Perhaps the most painful for Bulls fans was his failed option pitch inside the UConn 10-yard line. USF has never won at UConn.

Milestones

Ryne Giddins, DE, USF. Giddins had career highs with 11 tackles, two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss against Connecticut. Giddins also had a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

Eli Rogers, WR, Louisville. Rogers had career highs with seven receptions for 106 receiving yards against Cincinnati.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers. Sanu moved into sixth place in school history in career receptions (150) after catching 10 passes for 100 yards against Navy.

Dave Teggart, K, UConn. Teggart had three field goals against USF, moving him into third place on the Big East career chart with 63.