Monday, December 3, 2012
Big East announces players of the week
By Andrea Adelson
Here are the Big East players of the week, as announced by the league office Monday.
OFFENSE: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. Bridgewater came off the bench to lead Louisville to a 20-17 win at Rutgers, helping the Cardinals win a share of their second straight Big East title and the league’s automatic bid to the BCS. Playing with a cast on his left wrist and slowed by an ankle injury, Bridgewater completed 20 of 28 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns against a Scarlet Knight defense that was ranked fourth nationally in scoring and 14th nationally in yards allowed. Bridgewater finished the regular season as the Big East leader in pass efficiency (161.6).
DEFENSE: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh. Donald had five tackles, which included four tackles for loss and a sack, in Pittsburgh’s 27-3 win at USF to clinch bowl eligibility for the Panthers for the fifth consecutive season. He led a Pittsburgh defense that limited the Bulls to just 8 yards rushing and 117 yards of offense. Donald finished the regular season with a Big East-leading 18.5 tackles for loss, good for sixth nationally.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Tony Miliano, K, Cincinnati. Miliano scored 10 points, making field goals of 38 and 42 yards and converting all four of his extra-point attempts, to help Cincinnati to a 34-17 win at Connecticut. The win gave the Bearcats a share of the Big East title for the fourth time in five years. Miliano finished the regular season as the league's second leading scorer at 7.5 points per game.
Weekly Honor Roll
Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati. Had five receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns and threw a 39-yard touchdown pass in a 34-17 win at Connecticut.
Nick Temple, LB, Cincinnati. Had seven tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup in a 34-17 win at Connecticut.
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville. Had seven tackles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery in a 20-17 win at No. 25 Rutgers.
Matt Yoklic, P, Pittsburgh. Averaged 45.4 yards on five punts, dropping three inside the 15-yard line, in a 27-3 win at USF.
Mark Harrison, WR, Rutgers. Had five receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown in a 20-17 loss to No. 23 Louisville.