Sunday, September 18, 2011
Big East helmet stickers
By Andrea Adelson
How about helmet stickers for a job well done:
Cincinnati defense. Cincinnati keeps creating the turnovers in a big way. In their 59-14 win over Akron, the Bearcats became the first Big East team to score three defensive touchdowns since Miami scored on two interceptions and one fumble against West Virginia in a 41-10 victory on Sept. 23, 2000. The Bearcats' six forced turnovers are the most since forcing seven against Oregon State on Sept. 6, 2007.
Darrell Scott, RB, USF. Scott notched the first 100-yard rushing game of his USF career before halftime ended. He totaled 146 yards on 12 carries in a 70-17 win over Florida A&M. Scott scored four total touchdowns -- three rushing and one receiving -- and became the first player in school history to record both a rushing and receiving touchdown of more than 50 yards in a season.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. The true freshman came off the bench and led a spirited 24-17 win over rival Kentucky, the Cardinals' first victory over the Wildcats in five years. After starter Will Stein went down, Bridgewater came in and held the offense steady. He threw two touchdown passes and went 10-of-18 for 106 yards. Dominique Brown deserves mention, too, for running for 91 yards and averaging 6.5 yards a carry.
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. This may sound like a broken record, but Smith had yet another career day in a 37-31 win over Maryland. Smith finished with a career-best 388 passing yards on a career-best, and school record, 36 completions. His 49 passing attempts were also a career high and the fifth-best total in school history. The passing yardage is the second-best total in the past 10 years, and the seventh-best total in program history. Special note: Tavon Austin (122), Stedman Bailey (113) and Ivan McCartney (101) each had 100 yards receiving. It is the first time West Virginia had multiple 100-yard receivers since Shawn Foreman (115) and Khori Ivy (113) recorded the feat at Pitt on Nov. 27, 1998.