Sunday, September 4, 2011
Big East helmet stickers
By Andrea Adelson
A tip of the helmet to these players for a job well done:
USF defense. When can you get a helmet sticker after giving up 508 yards of offense? When you get five turnovers, including three inside your 5-yard line. The Bulls defense made one gigantic stop after another in a 23-20 win over Notre Dame. It started with Jerrell Young on the first drive of the game, and it ended with Jerrell Young late in the fourth quarter.
Antwon Bailey, Syracuse. The night didn't start off so great for Bailey, but he quickly changed that in the fourth quarter. His 56-yard scoring run tied the game against Wake Forest at 29 and helped Syracuse erase a 15-point deficit. The Orange eventually won 36-29 in overtime, and Bailey finished with 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Zach Collaros, Cincinnati. The Bearcats may have played an overmatched opponent in Austin Peay, but it still is noteworthy when you throw four first-half touchdowns in a 72-10 win. Collaros went 12-of-19 for 134 yards and no interceptions in a quick half of work.
Ray Graham, Pittsburgh. The Panthers may not have been the high-flying offense many wanted to see, but they had good ol' Mr. Reliable Ray Graham. The running back ran for 201 yards -- including a 75-yarder -- and four touchdowns in a 35-16 win over Buffalo.
Duron Harmon, Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights had an easy time in a 48-0 win over NC Central, but there were some big plays. Harmon had two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, as he got off to a good start in taking over for Joe Lefeged.
Lyle McCombs, Connecticut McCombs didn't find out he was starting until an hour before game time. But he made the most of his first career start. The redshirt freshman ran for 141 yards and four touchdowns -- tying the school record for most touchdowns in a game in the Division I-A era of the school. McCombs got the nod because a sprained ankle kept D.J. Shoemate out of the game.