- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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DeVante Parker earned a helmet sticker from us for his big plays in a Friday night win, and he is also our Big East player of the week.
The Louisville receiver caught four passes for 120 yards, including a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown grabs.
His 30-yard bobbling catch falling out of the back of the end zone was initially ruled incomplete but was overturned to tie Cincinnati at 24, and he did all of the work on the second one, taking a pass from Teddy Bridgewater 64 yards with 1:56 remaining to give the Cardinals a 31-24 lead.
"We always talk about yards after the catch and making the big run after the catch and he was able to do that," coach Charlie Strong said of the second touchdown. "One thing you really saw then was how fast he is, because even though he cut across the field the guys still had angles and he was able to outrun them."
Somehow, Parker was left off the Big East honor roll this week. His teammate Bridgewater was named the conference's offensive player of the week, and we won't argue the decision after Bridgewater's late-game magic, but he couldn't have done it without the help from Parker.
"DeVante is a special kid," Bridgewater said. "He always steps up when his number gets called. We have to get him his touches each and every game because he has that big-play ability."