Monday, November 28, 2011
Weekend Rewind: Big East
By Andrea Adelson
Let's take a look back at Week 13 in the Big East and quick look ahead to Week 14:
Julian Miller has been a defensive force for WVU this season.
The good: West Virginia put together its best defensive effort of the season in a 21-20 win over Pitt. The Mountaineers had a season-high 10 sacks, and now have 15 sacks in the last two games. They had 11 combined in the first nine -- including five in a win over UConn. Julian Miller tied a school record with four sacks in one game. West Virginia held Pitt to 296 yards, the first time since a win over UConn that it held its opponent to under 300 yards of total offense. Miller wasn't the only one with four sacks this weekend. UConn defensive end Trevardo Williams also had four sacks in a 40-22 win over Rutgers, giving him a Big East leading 12.5 sacks this season. The 40 points the Huskies scored were the second-most all-time in the series with Rutgers. Lyle McCombs had 95 yards rushing, and now has 1,109 rushing yards this year, good for the ninth-best single-season rushing total in school history. ... Louisville finished at 5-2 in the league, which is the most wins in the league since the Cardinals went 6-1 in 2006. Cards held USF to only 64 yards rushing, marking the third time this season they have held an opponent under 70 yards on the ground. It also marks the sixth time they have held an opponent below 100 yards rushing. Louisville also had three sacks, extended its streak to 17 straight games with at least one in a game. ... Cincinnati showed up on offense, with Munchie Legaux throwing the first two touchdown passes of his career, and Jordan Luallen adding 77 yards on six carries in a 30-13 win over Syracuse. Isaiah Pead had 246 all-purpose yards and leads the Big East with 13 touchdowns. After notching a season-low 225 yards of total offense against Rutgers, Cincinnati had 368 against Syracuse. ... Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu ends the season with a Big East-record 109 receptions.
The bad: One of the stories of the season for Pitt has been its play on the offensive line. With injuries and inexperience, the Panthers have been one of the worst in the country in this area. They gave up a whopping 10 sacks against West Virginia -- the most they have given up in a Big East game. Much of the blame against the Mountaineers falls on quarterback Tino Sunseri, who held onto the ball way too long in many of the instances. He was sacked three times on the final seven plays of the game. Pitt blew a 20-7 lead because its offense was simply unable to move the ball. The Panthers scored touchdowns on two of their first three drives, but were held out of the end zone for the rest of the game. . ... USF also blew a lead against Louisville. The Bulls held an early 17-3 lead, but was outscored 24-7 in the second half, marking the fourth time this season they could not hold onto a second-half lead. After starting the season 4-0 with a national ranking, the Bulls have lost six of their last seven games and are in danger of missing a bowl game for the first time in seven seasons. ... Syracuse has had just as tough a time in Big East play, as the Orange have lost four straight games since beating West Virginia. Their offense struggled once again, scoring 13 points in a loss to Cincinnati. Syracuse is 1-5 this season when it is held to 21 points or fewer. ... Rutgers lost a chance to win a share of its first Big East title after turning the ball over a season-high six times in a loss to UConn. Chas Dodd was pulled from the game in the fourth quarter, and Rutgers had minus-9 yards rushing, a week after going over 200 yards in a win over Cincinnati. After leading the league for much of the season in turnover margin, Rutgers finishes up at plus-3. ... About the only thing that went wrong for UConn -- kicker Dave Teggart had his Big East record streak of consecutive made extra points end at 127 when he had an attempt blocked against Rutgers.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia. Austin set the school-record for receptions against Pitt, and now has 82.
Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia. Bailey set the school record for single-season receiving yards against Pitt, and now has 1,117 this season.
Teddy Bridgewater, WR, Louisville. Bridgewater broke the school's freshman passing yards record, and has 1,855 yards on the season. Chris Redman set the record of 1,773 yards in 1996.
Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers. Had career-highs with 223 yards receiving and six receptions in a 40-22 loss to UConn. The yardage total is the fourth-highest in school history.
Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers. Greene has 127 tackles on the season, the most by a Scarlet Knight since Gary Brackett totaled 130 tackles in 2002.
Alec Lemon, WR, Syracuse. Has a school-record 60 receptions this season.
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. Smith set the single-season school records for attempts (448), completions (291) and passing yards (3,741) in a win over Pitt.