Monday, October 22, 2012
Big East weekend rewind: Week 8
By Matt Fortuna
One undefeated team took a fall in Week 8. Here's the best and worst of the weekend.
The good: Rutgers and Louisville survived scares against Temple and USF, respectively, pulling away at the end to remain unbeaten as they appear poised on a collision course for the Nov. 29 finale.
The bad: Cincinnati fell to Toledo, a very good MAC team that is, well, a MAC team. The conference has dealt the Big East three losses this year, and taking down an unbeaten team from a big-six conference is simply bad news for a Big East that is always fighting for respect.
With a win against USF, Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals remain unbeaten at 7-0 on the season.
The ugly: The weather at Buffalo? Temple's second half, in which the Owls were outscored 35-0 at home by a team allegedly short on offense? UConn surrendering 40 points at Syracuse, including 27 straight to close the game? Take your pick.
Special: We tried warning you. Rutgers' special teams were at it again Saturday, as the Scarlet Knights blocked their fifth kick of the season. Leonte Carroo blocked Brandon McManus' punt attempt early in the fourth quarter, setting up a 10-yard touchdown pass from Gary Nova to D.C. Jefferson to make it 28-10.
Another one: Teddy Bridgewater carried much of the load for Louisville's running game Saturday, but Senorise Perry still managed to sneak in a touchdown, his seventh of the last three games and 10th of the season. He has rushed for at least one score in all but one game this season.
Pick, anyone? Bridgewater completing all 11 of his first-half passes and 21 of 25 overall doesn't make matters easy, but South Florida is still looking for its first interception of the season. For those keeping track, the Bulls are the only FBS team without one.
Unhappy homecoming: Paul Pasqualoni probably won't be in a rush to return to his old stomping grounds anytime soon. The UConn coach watched his team get thrashed in the second half of a 40-10 defeat at Syracuse, its third straight loss. Questions are mounting about a Huskies squad that still has no offensive identity as it enters its bye week.
Feel-good story: Pitt's Dan Mason recorded a tackle on fourth down on Buffalo's final offensive play to keep the Bulls out of the end zone. Mason made his first start since Sept. 11, 2010, and has torn two knee ligaments. He recorded a sack Saturday and tied a career high with 11 tackles.