Monday, October 15, 2012
Big East weekend rewind: Week 7
By Matt Fortuna
The three undefeated teams took care of business, while Temple made some history (again).
The good: As stated above, the Big East's three undefeated teams kept their perfect records intact. Louisville won a shootout at Pitt, Rutgers outlasted Syracuse and Cincinnati made easy work of Fordham. All three will be favored again this week, and the more perfect teams the better for a conference that needs all the help it can get. The Cardinals and the Scarlet Knights both became bowl-eligible.
Montel Harris now has 275 yards and three touchdowns over the past two games.
The bad: Syracuse managed to score more points at Rutgers than it did against Pitt, but it couldn't seem to get out of its own way, coughing it up four times. Pitt's defense came apart in a game-changing third quarter in a loss to Louisville. The Orange and the Panthers are the biggest wild cards in this conference, and their inconsistencies show in each's 2-4 overall record.
The ugly: UConn blew a 14-point home lead to Temple before falling to the Owls in overtime. Chad Christen missed four field goals and the defense surrendered a pair of fourth-down conversions on Temple's final drive of regulation, which sent the game to the extra session.
Good as new: Montel Harris continued his hot start in Big East play, rushing for 142 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries. Harris now has consecutive 100-yard games in leading Temple to a 2-0 start in Big East play, its first Big East winning streak. Bothered by hamstring injuries earlier this season -- and knee injuries earlier in his career -- Harris has done more than just pick up the load for Matt Brown, who has missed much of the past two games with an ankle injury.
Heating up: Louisville running back Senorise Perry rushed for 101 yards and four touchdowns on just 12 carries Saturday in a win at Pitt. Perry carried the Cardinals in their previous game, a win at Southern Miss, and now has consecutive 100-yard games and three total on the season.
What the ? Rutgers, arguably the Big East's best team, was outgained by Syracuse 418-237. Yes, the Scarlet Knights still won by eight, mainly because they won the turnover battle 4-0 and, as always, had a big special-teams play. But this one was a bit of a head-scratcher.
Leaving little doubt: We probably won't know a whole lot about Cincinnati until its Friday night trip to Louisville in two weeks, but the Bearcats have not let up yet in going 5-0. They scored touchdowns on all five second-half possessions in a win over FCS Fordham, and they have notched at least 425 yards of offense in every game so far.