- Andrea Adelson, College Football
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Here are the Big East players of the week, as announced by the league office Monday morning.
Offense: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. Bridgewater threw for a career-high 416 yards with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help Louisville remain unbeaten in a 34-31 overtime win against Cincinnati. With Louisville trailing 24-14 in the fourth quarter, Bridgewater threw touchdown passes of 30 and 64 yards to engineer the comeback. He completed passes to seven different receivers to help Louisville to its first 8-0 overall start since 2006. Bridgewater has completed 70.7 percent of his passes this season (162-of-229) and has thrown 13 touchdown passes with just four interceptions.
Defense: Preston Brown, LB, Louisville. Brown registered a game-high 13 tackles and had an interception in Louisville's win. He led a defense that limited Cincinnati to a season-low 353 yards with three turnovers. Brown ranks 10th in the Big East in tackles this season, with an average of 7.2 stops per game.
Special teams: Maikon Bonani, K, USF. Bonani scored a school-record 18 points -- the most by a Big East kicker in a game this season -- in USF’s 37-36 loss to Syracuse. He was 5-for-5 on field goal attempts, connecting from 35, 32, 46, 41 and 47 yards, and was 3-for-3 on PATs. His 41-yard field goal allowed USF to take a 26-24 lead into the fourth quarter and his 47-yard kick gave the Bulls a 36-31 lead with 1:23 remaining. Bonani has scored 296 career points, the most of any active Big East player.
Weekly Honor Roll
Ralph David Abernathy IV, RB, Cincinnati. Had 204 all-purpose yards and scored two rushing touchdowns in a 34-31 overtime loss to Louisville.
Greg Blair, LB, Cincinnati. Had 19 tackles and 1.5 sacks in a 34-31 overtime loss to Louisville.
Tino Sunseri, QB, Pittsburgh. Completed 20 of 28 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-17 win against Temple.
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse. Completed 27 of 40 passes for 328 yards and four second-half touchdowns to rally Syracuse to a 37-36 win at USF.
Marcus Sales, WR, Syracuse. Had nine receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-36 win at USF. Had 107 receiving yards in the second half.