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Monday, October 8, 2012
Big East weekend rewind: Week 6

By Matt Fortuna

The first true week of conference play is in the books. What went down?

The good: The Big East has three teams ranked in both polls for the first time since the end of the 2009 season. Rutgers and Cincinnati took care of business at home to move up in the polls, with the Bearcats making their debut in this year's AP poll. No. 18/16 Louisville was idle.

The bad: USF has now lost four in a row and is 0-2 in Big East play. UConn's offense remains a huge question mark. And Pitt, well, good luck figuring that team out after five games.

The ugly: Pitt and Syracuse gave anything but a clinic in offensive execution, with the Orange winning despite their only offensive points coming on their first drive. UConn and Rutgers was not exactly easy on the eyes, either, though the Scarlet Knights had the more opportunistic defense, especially in the second half.

Temple's Montel Harris
Temple's Montel Harris rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns against South Florida.
Welcome back: Temple made the most of its official return to Big East play, defeating favored USF and putting on an offensive display many didn't know the Owls had in them. The program had been near extinction since its dismissal from the Big East in 2004, but it climbed its way back and delivered a win in its first opportunity Saturday.

Welcome back, Pt. II: One of the more interesting developments from Temple's win was the reemergence of Montel Harris, who rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. It was his 23rd career 100-yard game but first with his new team, showing no sign of wear after being plagued by injuries over much of the past year with Boston College and Temple.

(Not so) special teams: Here are some of the, um, highlights from these units in Rutgers' win over UConn: Huskies fumble a first-quarter kick return. … Huskies punt it just 21 yards after a low snap. … Shamar Stephen blocks a Rutgers field goal attempt. … Rutgers punts it just 12 yards on a bad kick. … Jeremy Deering returns the opening kickoff of the second half 57 yards before fumbling it away to UConn.

Off-field trouble: Lyle McCombs was arrested before UConn's game and charged with second-degree breach of peace. Temple's Kamal Johnson was arraigned Saturday on charges stemming from an alleged Sept. 27 assault. Not the kind of headlines you want to see on game day.