- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here's one last look back at another fun Saturday in the Big East.
The good: Rutgers remains in control of the Big East race after winning at Cincinnati. Temple snapped a four-game losing streak behind a historic effort from Montel Harris. And Syracuse is going bowling for the second time in three years after a last-second win at Missouri.
The bad: Cincinnati was facing a great defense, but putting up three points at home is underwhelming. And what else can we really say about South Florida that hasn't been said already?
The ugly: OK, only two Big East teams lost Saturday, so the worst of the bunch goes here. USF lost 40-9 to Miami, meaning the Bulls will stay home for the second-straight bowl season. What's more, they burned Bobby Eveld's redshirt in the 10th game of the season and he got knocked out of the game in the first quarter with a sprained shoulder. Bad times in Tampa right now.
The carousel continues: One of the better wins in Rutgers' recent history got overshadowed after another wave of conference realignment chatter made the rounds, this time pegging the Scarlet Knights as potentially Big Ten-bound. Just another Saturday in college athletics.
The workhorse: Kyle Flood has said he doesn't look at clocks; the job is over when it's complete. His players have taken on that mentality this season, perhaps none more than Savon Huggins two days ago. Stepping in for a limited Jawan Jamison, the sophomore carried the ball 41 times for 179 yards. The 41 carries matched Jamison's school record from Week 3 this season. Not bad for a "backup."
We talkin' bout practice: Harris did not practice last week because of a knee injury. He has accomplished quite a bit in his five years of college ball, but never had he rushed for 351 yards and seven touchdowns in a game -- and never had anyone in the Big East, either. Coach Steve Addazio said last week that he challenged his seniors to make the most of their final two weeks of college ball. Not a bad answer from Harris.
Four in postseason, more to come? The Orange's dramatic win at Missouri made them the fourth Big East team to clinch bowl-eligibility, saving the conference from the possible embarrassment of having just three bowl-eligible teams. UConn and Pitt have chances too, if they win out, but the odds are stacked against them with Louisville and Rutgers awaiting each this week, respectively.
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