Monday, October 10, 2011
Weekend rewind: Big East
By Andrea Adelson
Let's take one final look back at Week 6 before moving on to Week 7.
West Virginia's Geno Smith has the Mountaineers' offense humming.
The good: Geno Smith and the West Virginia offense keep rolling along, topping 40 points for the third time this season in a 43-16 win against UConn. West Virginia has now scored 20 or more points in a quarter three times this season. Stedman Bailey has quietly gotten himself four straight 100-yard games and has been the most consistent receiver for the Mountaineers. He now leads the league in receiving yards per game at 105.7. The defense has held its opponents to under 300 total yards in back-to-back weeks. ... Louisville might not have much to brag about on offense, but the defense should be commended for its game in a 14-7 loss to North Carolina. The Cardinals have not allowed more than 24 points in a game all season, and the team had eight tackles for loss and four sacks against the Tar Heels. They rank No. 1 in the Big East in total defense, and No. 2 in scoring defense. ... Rutgers is 2-0 in league play for the first time since 2006 and already has 22 takeaways, more than any other team in the nation. The Scarlet Knights held Pitt to a season-low 10 points in a win last week, and already have tied their win total from all of last season. ... Syracuse running back Antwon Bailey has rushed for 100 yards in three straight games after getting 111 yards in a win against Tulane. Quarterback Ryan Nassib threw two touchdown passes in the game, moving him past Troy Nunes into fourth on the school's career chart with 33.
The bad: Now we go to the Louisville offense, which has been one of the worst in the country. The Cardinals have not scored more than 24 points all season; they have scored 24 combined points in five games this year; and they rank No. 112 in the nation in scoring offense (16.4 ppg), No. 94 in total offense (342.4 ypg) and No. 95 in the nation in rushing offense (116.60 ypg). In fact, rushing offense has not been pretty for the Big East as a whole this season. Five of the eight teams in the league rank No. 86 or worse in the country in that category. ... Pitt came into the season with high expectations for a high-octane offense. But right now, the Panthers rank No. 85 in the nation in pass offense (205.5 ypg), No. 70 in scoring offense (27.2 ppg) and No. 76 in total offense (379.2 ypg). Where else have the Panthers struggled -- turnover margin, pass efficiency and sacks allowed. Pitt is last in the nation in the latter, having given up 27. ... UConn failed to score an offensive touchdown in its loss to West Virginia, and the Huskies have now lost their Big East opener for the third straight season.
UConn kicker David Teggart needs three points to reach 300 in his career.
Pitt running back Ray Graham needs just 101 yards rushing against Utah to hit the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Syracuse tight end Nick Provo has caught at least one pass in 19 consecutive games.