- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here's the best of the Big East (so far) in Week 1:
Ryan Nassib, Syracuse: The senior set school records with 44 completions (on 65 attempts) and 470 passing yards Saturday. Down by 22 in the second half, Nassib threw four touchdowns passes, leading the Orange to 28 unanswered points before the defense ultimately let them down in a 42-41 home loss to Northwestern. Still, you can't ask for much more than what Nassib left out there, and his resilience facing an early deficit has to rub off on the rest of the team down the road.
Ryne Giddins, USF: Can Giddins be the next in the line of great Bulls defensive ends? He certainly looked the part Saturday, recording 1.5 sacks on the first three plays of the game, leading a defense that sacked Chattanooga six times in what turned into a 34-13 rout.
Matt Brown, Temple: Nineteen carries, 145 yards, a touchdown. All behind an offensive line replacing four starters. Montel Harris' hamstring injury forced a heavier workload upon Brown, and he delivered in a 41-10 rout of crosstown rival Villanova.
Khaseem Greene, Rutgers: What else did you expect from the reigning Big East defensive player of the year? In a rugged 24-12 win over Tulane, Greene led the way with 14 tackles, a sack and a pass breakup, keying a defense that held Tulane to just 8 rushing yards.
Chad Christen, UConn: No Dave Teggart, no problem. Don't laugh. Christen, who held for Teggart when he broke every career kicking record in school history, stepped right up to the plate in his debut Thursday, going 3-for-3 on field goals, including a 47-yarder in a 37-0 win over UMass.