Monday, November 5, 2012
Big East weekend rewind: Week 10
By Matt Fortuna
One last look back at the weekend that was in the Big East:
The good: Louisville continued to carry the conference flag, improving to 9-0. Cincinnati snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Syracuse. South Florida snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Connecticut.
There are 34 players from Florida on Louisville's roster, and Charlie Strong recruited 27 of them, including QB Teddy Bridgewater.
The bad: Some of the losing teams from Saturday surely will be scratching their heads, particularly Syracuse, which turned the ball over twice (leading to two Cincinnati touchdowns), committed 12 penalties and had one field goal blocked and missed another. And Pitt blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead in the house of the now-No. 4 team in the country, missing a potential game-winning field goal in double overtime and going with some questionable play calling late in regulation against Notre Dame.
The ugly: UConn fell at USF for its fourth straight loss. The Huskies did not reach the end zone, and though they kicked a third-quarter field goal, they still have not scored a second-half touchdown since the third quarter of their Sept. 29 home win over Buffalo.
Uh, refs: Losing the way Pitt did hurts enough. But it turns out after the fact that the Panthers should have gotten another chance. Tied at the end of double overtime with a chance to win the game with a 33-yard kick, Kevin Harper booted it wide right after a bad snap. But Notre Dame had two players wearing No. 2 on the field at the same time -- corner Bennett Jackson and receiver Chris Brown -- which the refs didn't see. Pitt should have been awarded a first down and would have had another chance to score and seal the win. "It was a coaching mistake," Irish coach Brian Kelly said afterward.
About time: USF had not one but two picks in its 13-6 win over UConn, becoming the last FBS team to record an interception this season. Better late than never.
Take a bow: USF quarterback B.J. Daniels' college career is over after he suffered a broken left ankle. Sad to see the senior go under those circumstances, especially less than 400 yards from breaking Matt Grothe's Big East record for total yards (10,875).
No more Munchie magic?Munchie Legaux was pulled from the Bearcats' win over Syracuse and backup Brendon Kay did not disappoint, leading consecutive scoring drives to put his team back in front. Kay's numbers don't say much -- 3-of-3 passing for 32 yards and a touchdown, three rushes for 18 yards -- but he played well, and the competition will reopen this week between him and Legaux.