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Panthers take Big East by surprise

Updated: December 7, 2004, 4:04 PM ET
By Joe Bendel | Special to ESPN.com

All season long, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that either West Virginia or Boston College would seize the Big East title and the lucrative BCS berth that goes along with it.

So, what happened?

West Virginia wasn't as good as advertised. Boston College choked in its biggest game in decades. And as a result, the Eagles (8-3) and Mountaineers (8-3) will grudgingly watch Pittsburgh (8-3) in the Fiesta Bowl.

Go figure.

"Everybody counted us out," said Panthers star ...

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