Top 10 of 2009: No. 6

Continuing the countdown of the best Big East games of 2009:

No. 6

Pittsburgh 24, Connecticut 21, Oct. 10 at Heinz Field

Why this one: Pitt looked doomed in this game. Late in the third quarter, Andre Dixon rumbled into the end zone for a 21-6 UConn lead. But then the Panthers turned things on, igniting their best comeback of the season. Bill Stull and Jonathan Baldwin hooked up for a touchdown pass just before the fourth quarter began, and Pitt limited the Huskies to just 6 total yards in the fourth quarter. It all came down to a field goal as time expired, and Dan Hutchins drilled the 18-yard chip shot.

What it meant: Pitt stayed alive in the Big East race, while UConn suffered one of its many heartbreaking losses in conference play.

Player of the game: Baldwin had eight catches for 104 yards and a touchdown and was the most dominating player on the field.

Play of the game: Stull hit tight end Nate Byham for a 7-yard gain on fourth-and-4 from the UConn 35 early in the fourth quarter, continuing a drive that ended with the tying touchdown.

Memorable quote: "I think all of our coaches are on the verge of having a heart attack," Stull said. "But it's encouraging when you see that we didn't play exactly how we wanted but we still won. It's going to be a little exciting and a little scary when we do put everything together."


No. 7: Cincinnati 24, West Virginia 21

No. 8: West Virginia 19, Pitt 16

No. 9: South Florida 17, Florida State 7

No. 10: Syracuse 37, Northwestern 34