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Weekend rewind: SEC

October, 17, 2011
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The college football season is heating up with the release of the first BCS standings this week.

Anybody else feeling a bit hot … or not?

GLOWING EMBERS

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Spruce Derden/US PresswireTrent Richardson is making a strong case for the Heisman.
Trent Richardson’s Heisman chances: A big part of winning the Heisman Trophy is all about timing. Mark Ingram made his move at exactly the right time two years ago, and now Richardson is doing the same. He’s already closing in on 1,000 yards rushing and is fourth nationally at 130.3 yards per game. He’s third nationally with 16 touchdowns and has rushed for 100 or more yards now in six straight games. What separates Richardson is his ability to wear on defenders, grind out the tough yards and break tackles that would take down most backs. Obviously, the 224-pound Richardson isn’t most backs, which is further evidenced by how electrifying he is when he gets into the open field. Good luck catching him and good luck getting him on the ground. We’ve all heard of Heisman poses. What about his Heisman shake last week to finish off his 76-yard touchdown run against Ole Miss? Something says we’ll see that run replayed a few more times this season, maybe even at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City the second weekend of December.

HOT

SEC centers: The SEC should have its own Rimington Trophy this season. The lineup of centers in this league is excellent. Alabama’s William Vlachos, LSU’s P.J. Lonergan and Georgia’s Ben Jones are all playing like All-Americans, even though Lonergan was banged up and didn’t play last week.

NOT

LSU quarterback controversy: It seems odd that LSU coach Les Miles would be so determined to get Jordan Jefferson into the game with the way Jarrett Lee and the Tigers are playing right now. Jefferson started the second half against Tennessee and played most of the way. But it’s really not an issue with the players, and that includes Lee. So call it a quarterback rotation and not a quarterback controversy.

HOT

South Carolina’s defense: The Gamecocks can thank Ellis Johnson and that defense for holding their ground these last four weeks. They haven’t given up more than 16 points in their last four games and are really getting after teams right now. South Carolina is second in the SEC with 14 sacks and tied for the lead nationally with 24 forced turnovers.

NOT

Florida’s running game: The Gators have now gone three straight games without rushing for 100 yards. Jeff Demps has been hurt – again. And Chris Rainey also hasn’t been able to get untracked after starting the season on fire. He was held to 33 yards on 16 carries in the 17-6 loss to Auburn, and no Florida running back had a rush that was longer than 9 yards.

HOT

Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw: One of those guys no quarterback likes to see lined up on the edge and ready to take off, Upshaw is making his case as the SEC’s pre-eminent big-play defender. He now leads the league with 10.5 tackles for loss.

NOT

Georgia’s special teams: What didn’t go wrong for the Bulldogs on special teams in their 33-28 escape against Vanderbilt? Drew Butler’s punt at the end of the game was blocked, giving the Commodores a chance to win it. Georgia also gave up a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a fake punt that led to another Vanderbilt touchdown. All the gaffes overshadowed Orson Charles’ blocked punt for the Bulldogs.

HOT

Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks: He’s quickly becoming one of the SEC’s most productive cornerbacks. Banks is tied for the league lead with five interceptions and leads the league with 13 passes defended. Only a junior, he now has 12 career picks, just four off Walt Harris’ school record of 16.

NOT

James Franklin and Todd Grantham playing nice: Something says these two guys won’t be trading Christmas cards. Franklin wasn’t real thrilled about some of the things allegedly being said by some of the Georgia defenders during the game, and Grantham wasn’t real thrilled about some of the things Franklin was allegedly saying to Georgia safety Shawn Williams after the game. One thing’s for sure. Neither coach was backing down.

FREEZER BURN

Eastern Division: A year ago, four of the six teams in the Eastern Division wound up with losing overall records – Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. It’s not farfetched to think that we could have a repeat this season, and at the very least, have four teams finish no better than .500 overall. Kentucky is almost certainly headed for a losing season. Tennessee and Vanderbilt are both on track to be in the .500 range, and Florida is also looking down the barrel of a second straight season with at least five losses. South Carolina suffered a huge blow last week with Marcus Lattimore going down for the season, and Georgia has seemingly righted the ship after starting the season 0-2. Still, it’s hard to imagine anybody in the East having much of a chance against whichever team wins the West. Auburn beat South Carolina by 39 points last season in the SEC championship game. A lot can still happen, but would anybody be surprised if we had a second straight blowout in Atlanta that first weekend of December?

Weekend rewind: Pac-12

October, 17, 2011
10/17/11
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Taking stock of the seventh week of games in the Pac-12.

Team of the week: Oregon. The Ducks overcame injuries to running back LaMichael James -- before the game -- and quarterback Darron Thomas -- in the third quarter -- to beat No. 18 Arizona State 41-27. The Ducks won with backups and the defense stepping up, which is what happens with good teams.

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AP Photo/Don RyanTailback Kenjon Barner and Oregon held on to beat Arizona State.
Best game: Oregon-Arizona State. While the final margin was fairly decisive, Arizona State took a 24-21 lead just after Thomas went down. The game was a back-and-forth affair before the Sun Devils' defense seemed to wear down. And the Ducks didn't.

Biggest play: Late in the second quarter at Oregon, Sun Devils quarterback Brock Osweiler completed a 12-yard pass to Gerell Robinson on the Ducks 22-yard line. It appeared to set up the Sun Devils, leading 17-14 at the time, for more points. But Robinson took issue with safety John Boyett, who tackled him, and kicked him as he stood up. That earned a personal foul flag and pushed ASU back to the 37. Osweiler's next pass -- the receiver ran the wrong route --was intercepted by Cliff Harris in the end zone and returned 50 yards. Three plays later, the Ducks scored a TD and went up 21-17. That 10- or perhaps 14-point swing could have come in handy for the Sun Devils.

Offensive standout: Washington quarterback Keith Price completed 21 of 28 passes for 257 yards with four TDs and no interceptions in the 52-24 blowout win against Colorado. His 21 TD passes this season, already tied for fourth most in program history, rank second in the nation, tied with Boise State's Kellen Moore, just one behind Baylor's Robert Griffin. So his company is, you know, good.

Defensive standout: Utah's senior defensive end Derrick Shelby, the Walter Camp Football Foundation defensive player of the week, had a team-high seven tackles (six solo), including 2.5 for losses and 1.5 quarterback sacks. He also intercepted a pass and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown.

Special teams standout: Utah kicker Coleman Petersen was 4-4 field goals with a long of 45 in the win at Pittsburgh. He also was 2 for 2 on PATs.

Smiley face: You must give credit to Oregon's backup quarterback Bryan Bennett for playing smart and showing poise coming off the bench in the third quarter against the Sun Devils. It seems like it's been taken for granted that Bennett would be fine, but he was a redshirt freshman taking his first meaningful snaps, trailing a ranked team. Said coach Chip Kelly, "You get a look at him and see how he is. But he didn't look like he was panicked at all. I didn't have to give him the speech about you have to do this and this. I was like, 'Alright, here you go, this is what we're calling."

Frowny face: California. While Arizona, Oregon State and Colorado are starting to look like the bottom third of the Pac-12, the Bears, nonetheless, are on the same beleaguered cruise ship to nowhere at 0-3 in conference play. The worst news is quarterback Zach Maynard seeming to regress, instead of progress, each week.

Thought of the week: Washington and Stanford finally get a game in which to make a Pac-12 and national statement. Neither has a win against a team with a winning record. The Huskies fell short in their only game with a ranked foe, falling at Nebraska. The Cardinal wants to win impressively to prove it belongs in the national title discussion. A Huskies victory would transform expectations in the North Division.

Questions for the week: If Huskies quarterback Price outplays Andrew Luck in an upset win at Stanford on Saturday -- say he throws three more TD passes -- does he become a Heisman Trophy candidate? He presently ranks fifth in the nation in passing efficiency, and the Huskies likely would climb into the top-15 of the BCS standings. Perhaps the question is: How could he not?

Weekend rewind: ACC

October, 17, 2011
10/17/11
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Here’s a look back at the highlights and lowlights of Week 7 and a sneak peek at Week 8:

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AP Photo/Steve HelberVirginia running back Perry Jones rushed for 149 yards on 18 carries against Georgia Tech.
The good: Virginia’s running game. Tailback Perry Jones rushed for a career-high 149 yards on 18 carries, and the Cavaliers rushed for a season-high 272 yards in the upset win against Georgia Tech. Kevin Parks had a career-best 17 carries, and tied the freshman school record for touchdowns in a season.

The bad: Clemson and Georgia Tech’s defense. If the Tigers are going to remain undefeated, they can’t be giving up almost 500 yards and 45 points. It seemed like Clemson’s defense made strides in wins against Florida State and Virginia Tech, but it looked like it regressed against the Terps. Maryland, of course, deserves some credit for that. And Georgia Tech? It rolled out the red carpet for Virginia’s running game. The Hoos hung onto the ball for six minutes on their final possession. That’s getting beat at your own game.

The ugly: Duke’s performance against Florida State. Two turnovers, 63 rushing yards, and three points through three quarters. Not the formula to get to a bowl game.

Top three games of Week 8:

North Carolina at Clemson: The Tigers are coming off a road win at Maryland, but it was a game in which their defense allowed 468 total yards and 291 rushing yards. UNC tailback Giovani Bernard should have another 100-yard rushing performance if Clemson gives a similar effort against the ground game, but will it be enough to overcome Clemson’s fast-paced offense?

Georgia Tech at Miami: The Yellow Jackets are trying to rebound from their upset loss to Virginia, and Miami suddenly has new life in the Coastal Division race thanks to the Cavaliers. Miami has played some of its best football of the season in the past six quarters, while Georgia Tech’s passing game seems to have taken a step back. Can Georgia Tech improve defensively and execute better on offense against a Miami team on the rise?

NC State at Virginia: This one could be interesting. NC State is still looking for its first conference win, and the Wolfpack is coming off a much-needed bye week and has had a chance to heal. Injuries have hit the defense hard, particularly up front, but key players are beginning to make their comebacks right when NC State needs it most. Virginia is looking to build off of its upset win against Georgia Tech, and with only one conference loss, the Hoos are just as much in the race as the Hokies are right now. That would change, though, with a loss this weekend.

Weekend rewind: Big 12

October, 17, 2011
10/17/11
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Let's take a look back at the memorable plays, players and moments from Week 7 in the Big 12.

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AP Photo/Jon EiltsTexas A&M's Ryan Tannehill passed for six TDs and 415 yards against Baylor. He also ran for 55 yards.
Best offensive player: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M. Tannehill threw for a career high six touchdowns and 415 yards on 25-of-37 passing in a 55-28 win against Baylor. Tannehill was precise, accurate and poised, and made plays with his feet, too. He added 55 rushing yards on five carries, highlighted by a 34-yard run. Four of his touchdown passes went to our honorable mention selection. Honorable mention: Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M.

Best defensive player: A.J. Klein, LB, Iowa State. Klein made 12 tackles, including seven in the first quarter, and returned an interception 78 yards for a touchdown in a loss to Missouri. Honorable mention: Jamie Blatnick, DE, Oklahoma State; Nigel Malone, CB, Kansas State; Steven Johnson, LB, Kansas.

Best quarter: Texas A&M’s fourth-quarter defense. With the win against Baylor still in doubt, the Aggies posted a welcome "0" on the scoreboard. The quarter began with a goal-line stand against the Bears. The first play of the next possession resulted in an interception, which was Texas A&M's first turnover in 22 quarters and Robert Griffin's second pick of the season. A&M gave up just one first down in the quarter and earned a sack on Baylor's final possession while the offense put the game out of reach.

Biggest heart: Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State. The Cyclones linebacker hasn't practiced in two weeks and dislocated his shoulder twice in last week's game, popping it back in himself both times and returning to the game. His shoulder was in a sling all week, but he played on Saturday against Missouri and made four tackles with an interception and a forced fumble.

Testiest exchange: Baylor coach Art Briles and the Bryan-College Station Eagle. A reporter, who later identified himself as an Eagle reporter, asked about what Mike Sherman had said to Robert Griffin III after the game. "Is that an A&M question? He doesn't need to answer that," Briles said, asking if the reporter was from A&M. After he identified himself, Briles said, "OK, he doesn't need to answer that," and ignored questions about what was wrong with the inquiry. Not a fan of the oversensitive, unnecessary reaction to a harmless question. No love lost in this now-defunct rivalry. Here's the full video of the exchange.

Best game: Kansas State 41, Texas Tech 34. A second-half comeback, uncharacteristic interceptions, and a late rally complete with a successful onside kick. It also featured two blocked kicks and an interception for a touchdown. The Wildcats got the dramatic come-from-behind win and moved to 6-0, perhaps setting up one of the biggest games of the year next Saturday when it hosts Oklahoma.

Best play: Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma. Broyles sprinted into the record books the way every player hopes to. His NCAA record-breaking 317th career reception went for a 57-yard touchdown against Kansas to make an historic night even more memorable.

Best team performance: Texas A&M. Facing a top 25 opponent, Texas A&M finally put two big-time halves together, outscoring the Bears 31-14 in the second half to earn an impressive 55-28 win.

Best losing effort: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor. Griffin didn't make enough plays in the fourth quarter, but he was still outstanding with a career-high 430 yards and three touchdowns on 28-of-40 passing.

Best brick wall impression: Raphael Guidry, DT, Kansas State. No man kicks a field goal with Raphael roaming the line of scrimmage. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound senior blocked two kicks in the win against Texas Tech.

Most efficient effort: Jeremy Smith, RB, Oklahoma State. Who needs volume touches? Smith had just seven carries, but turned them into a game-high 140 yards with touchdown runs of 74 and 30 yards.

Best redemption: Texas Tech's onside kick team. You might have seen this group on YouTube racking up millions of hits for giving up a touchdown to Baylor... a week after giving one up to Iowa State to ice a loss in Ames. Last week, though, this group gave the offense one last chance by recovering an onside kick in the final minutes against Kansas State.

Weekend rewind: Non-AQs

October, 17, 2011
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Taking a look some of the top stories among the non-AQs in Week 7.

The turnaround kids: Bravo to Louisiana-Lafayette (6-1) for becoming bowl eligible after a 30-10 win against North Texas, continuing a remarkable turnaround under first-year coach Mark Hudspeth. Not only have the Ragin’ Cajuns doubled their win total from a season ago, they are the first Sun Belt team to ever win six of its first seven games. They already have beaten preseason favorites FIU and Troy en route to a 4-0 league mark, and are hoping for their first bowl appearance since 1970.

But Louisiana-Lafayette is not the only team that has doubled its win total from a season ago.

Eastern Michigan: In 2009, the Golden Eagles finished the season 0-12. Today they are 4-3 after Alex Gillett scored on a 30-yard run with 37 seconds left in a 35-28 win against Central Michigan 35-28. Eastern Michigan racked up 350 yards rushing and all five of its touchdowns came on the ground. This is the first time it is above .500 in October since starting 3-2 in 2005. It finished that season 4-7.

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AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezSan Jose State QB Matt Faulkner is mobbed by fans after the Spartans' win against Hawaii.
San Jose State: The Spartans were one of the worst teams in the country last season, finishing 1-12 after injuries decimated the team. But now they have equaled their win total from the past two seasons combined and sit at 3-4, very much in the thick of the too-hard-to-predict WAC race after a wild 28-27 win against Hawaii on Friday night. Fans stormed the field, and coaches and players danced in celebration, too. After so many dark years, San Jose State is 2-1 in WAC play.

Conference shenanigans: If you want great examples of parity, take a look at the MAC West and the WAC. Five teams are at 4-3 in the MAC West, including Eastern Michigan and Ball State, two of the worst teams in the nation last season. Toledo leads the division with a 3-0 mark in league play. Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ball State and Northern Illinois are all at 2-1 in league play.

The WAC is having a tough time without Boise State this season. No team is above .500. Fresno State (3-4), which went winless in league play and got smoked 57-7 by Boise State, sits atop the conference at 2-0. Hawaii, the preseason favorite, has had two ugly losses to San Jose State and UNLV. Nevada, which lost one game a year ago, is 3-3. New Mexico State, one of the worst teams in the country the past several seasons, is 3-3 with one league win. Just about every team has a shot at the league, maybe save Idaho (1-6, 0-3).

Let's hear it for the Chandlers: Chandler Jones, WR, San Jose State. Jones scored three different ways in a 28-27 upset win against Hawaii on Friday night. His 20-yard run on a reverse got the Spartans on the scoreboard. Next, a 23-yard fumble return off a fumbled kickoff return gave San Jose State a 20-7 second-quarter lead. Finally, he caught the game-winning 37-yard touchdown pass with 36 seconds to go. Incredibly, his longest play going into the game was a 16-yard reception against Nevada in September.

Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois: Harnish became the 10th player in FBS history to rush for 200 yards and pass for 200 in a single game, after he accomplished the feat in a 51-22 win against Western Michigan. Harnish ran for a career-high 229 yards, including runs of 51, 29, 45, 40. He also passed for 203 yards. And oh by the way, he only played three quarters. Denard Robinson was the last to pull the 200-200 double -- doing it twice last season.

Helmet stickers

Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State. Hillman ran 27 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-27 win at Air Force. It was the Aztecs' first victory in Colorado Springs since 2004, and Hillman's fifth 100-yard rushing game this season.

Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU. Hoffman had nine catches for 162 yards and a touchdown in a 38-28 win against Oregon State.

J.J. McDermott, QB, SMU. McDermott went 20-of-31 for 358 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in a 38-17 win against UCF.

Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State. Moore went 26-of-30 for 388 yards and four touchdowns in a 63-13 win against Colorado State. He started the game with 18 straight completions. It is the second time this season he completed more than 80 percent of his passes. Teammates Tyler Shoemaker (180 yards receiving) and Doug Martin (200 yards rushing) deserve mention as well.

Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple. Pierce ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-0 win against Buffalo, breaking four school records in the process. He now has 44 touchdowns (43 rush, one receiving) in his career, passing Paul Palmer (1983-86). Pierce re-wrote his own single-season record for touchdowns and now has 18 (previous record was 16 from 2009). He also re-wrote his own season record for points scored (96, which he shared with Brandon McManus in 2009) and now has 102 points this season.

Weekend rewind: Big Ten

October, 17, 2011
10/17/11
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Bring it back, come rewind. I bring it back all the time:

Team of the week: Michigan State. The Spartans notched their fourth consecutive victory against chief rival Michigan, sending their seniors out without ever having lost to the Wolverines. They also became the new Legends Division favorites with another intimidating defensive performance. Can they keep it up this week against Wisconsin?

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AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar Silas Redd and Penn State found a way to hold off Purdue.
Best game: Penn State 23, Purdue 18. Week 7 didn't feature many fantastic finishes, but this game remained interesting until the final couple of minutes. The Nittany Lions could never quite put away the Boilermakers and benefited from a missed field goal, botched PAT and failed two-point conversion try. Purdue's final chance to win the game was snuffed out by a Nate Stupar interception. Maybe not the prettiest game -- Penn State's never are -- but it had the most tense moments.

Biggest play: Isaiah Lewis' 39-yard interception return for a touchdown against Michigan with 4:31 left in the game. That gave Michigan State a 28-14 lead that would hold up as the final score and extinguished Denard Robinson's Heisman Trophy campaign. And Lewis wasn't shy after the game. "We knew already he wasn't a good passer," Lewis said of Robinson. "Our DBs were looking for interceptions." They only got one, but it was a big one.

Best call: Ohio State fans might criticize offensive coordinator Jim Bollman for his conservative philosophy, but getting back to Woody Hayes football got the Buckeyes back on the winning track. Ohio State ran 55 offensive plays on Saturday at Illinois and only threw the ball four times. Braxton Miller attempted just one pass in the second half -- and it went for a touchdown. With windy conditions all over the Big Ten, Bollman banked on his offensive line and the return of running back Dan Herron to get the job done while the defense held down the fort. That was good enough for a 17-7 win that ensured Ohio State won't go 0-for-October.

Big Man on Campus (Offense): Wisconsin running back Montee Ball. The junior ran for 142 yards on 14 carries against Indiana, including touchdown runs of 45, 35, and 54 yards. He also had some fun by throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Russell Wilson on a trick play. Ball now has 32 total touchdowns in his past 12 games. And let's not forget Ball's prescient NLCS prediction last week.

Big Man on Campus (Defense): Ohio State defensive tackle John Simon. The junior made a career-high eight tackles in the win against Illinois, including two sacks and four total tackles for loss as the Buckeyes allowed just seven points. Are there any defensive tackles in America playing better than Simon, Michigan State's Jerel Worthy and Penn State's Devon Still right now?

Big Man on Campus (Special teams): Penn State's Anthony Fera. The Nittany Lions' punter/kicker converted on his three field-goal attempts despite heavy wind gusts, and placed three punts inside the Purdue 20. The last one was a 69-yarder that Penn State downed at the Boilermakers 2-yard line with 2:36 left in the game.

Worst hangover: Northwestern. The Wildcats are now 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten. They couldn't beat Iowa, a team which they had held the upper hand against in recent years. They sure couldn't stop Iowa as the Hawkeyes rolled up 24 points once Northwestern tied the score at 17 in the third quarter. Pat Fitzgerald's team still gets to play Indiana, Minnesota and Rice this season, so some more wins should come. But gaining bowl eligibility for a fifth straight year is no guarantee.

Best scene: Props to Iowa fans, who not only pulled off a neat-looking "stripe the stadium" black-and-gold color scheme at Kinnick Stadium but also used card stunts to honor both America and America's farmers. You can see it in this excellent time-lapse video by the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Brian Ray and also in this YouTube video. I can't even fathom the coordination that goes into that type of thing (what if too many people in one section had to go to the bathroom, for instance?). It was all very cool.

Weekend rewind: Big East

October, 17, 2011
10/17/11
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Let's take a quick look back at Week 7:

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AP Photo/Mel EvansGary Nova helped rally Rutgers to a win over Navy.
The good: If you are UConn, the offense was not so good but at least the defense was better in a 16-10 win over USF. After giving up back-to-back 400-yard passing games, the Huskies held USF to 164 yards through the air. For the second straight week, they failed to score an offensive touchdown. But the defense created four turnovers and returned one fumble for a score to even the Huskies' Big East record at 1-1. ... The Bearcats continued to play well on defense, shutting out Louisville in the second half of a 25-16 comeback win. Cincinnati has held its last three opponents to a combined 41 yards rushing, and has surpassed last season's win total with six games remaining. Rutgers is winning the same way -- its defense now ranks No. 1 in the Big East -- and also has surpassed its win total from a year ago. Gary Nova rebounded from a shaky first half to lead a 21-20 comeback win over Navy. Kudos to the Scarlet Knights for getting their first 100-yard rusher of the season. Jawan Jamison had 101 yards and a touchdown. ... Louisville has been bad on offense this year, and that has overshadowed a defense that has been one of the most solid in the league. The Cardinals have held their last 18 opponents to fewer than 300 passing yards, and the most points they have given up all year is 25 (to Cincinnati). They rank No. 17 in the nation in total defense.

The bad: Take your pick of the best way to describe the Pitt offense on Saturday: dismal, embarrassing or terrible. Coach Todd Graham used all three in the wake of his team's 26-14 loss to Utah. Pittsburgh rolled up more than 500 yards against USF three weeks ago. But against the Utes, it had 120 total yards, a season low. The offensive line allowed six sacks, raising its season total to 34. That is 11 more than the next worst team (UNLV, Akron each have 23). At this rate, Pitt is on pace to allow 58 sacks this season. Not quite as bad as Rutgers last season (64) but completely unacceptable. Meanwhile, Ray Graham had season lows for carries (12) and yards (46). If you take away a 21-yard run, he averaged 2.3 yards a carry. Pitt has now lost four of its last five games after a 2-0 start. ... USF also is on a two-game slide after a 4-0 start. QB B.J. Daniels had one turnover in five games. In the loss to UConn, he had three, and saw a streak of 129 consecutive passes without an interception snapped. Perhaps the most painful for Bulls fans was his failed option pitch inside the UConn 10-yard line. USF has never won at UConn.

Milestones

Ryne Giddins, DE, USF. Giddins had career highs with 11 tackles, two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss against Connecticut. Giddins also had a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

Eli Rogers, WR, Louisville. Rogers had career highs with seven receptions for 106 receiving yards against Cincinnati.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers. Sanu moved into sixth place in school history in career receptions (150) after catching 10 passes for 100 yards against Navy.

Dave Teggart, K, UConn. Teggart had three field goals against USF, moving him into third place on the Big East career chart with 63.

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