October 23, 2007

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Big East Week 8 Recap
Cincinnati
The Bearcats lost their second in a row, falling 24-17 at Pittsburgh. Cincinnati committed 12 penalties and three turnovers, and didn't score after taking a 17-10 halftime lead. Cincinnati scored on its first two drives for a 10-0 lead. The Bearcats allowed 260 rushing yards.
Next: Nov. 3, at USF.
Connecticut
The Huskies rallied from 10 points down to beat Louisville 21-17. Andre Dixon scored on a 5-yard run with 1:32 left for the game-winner. The Huskies are the only unbeaten team in league play. Dixon ran for 115 yards and the TD on 22 carries. His touchdown capped off a nine-play, 71-yard drive that began with 5:50 left. UConn came up with three interceptions.
Next: Saturday, vs. USF.
Louisville
The Cardinals let a 10-point lead slip away, losing 21-17 at Connecticut. Brian Brohm threw for 228 yards but also threw two picks. The Cardinals had a chance to ice the game late, but Brohm's fourth-and-3 pass from UConn's 29 was batted away with 5:50 left. The Huskies then went on a game-winning drive.
Next: Saturday, vs. Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh
The Panthers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 24-17 upset of visiting Cincinnati. Pitt had two tailbacks rush for 100 yards: LaRod Stephens-Howling carried 13 times for 100 yards and LeSean McCoy ran for 137 yards on 25 carries. It was the first time Pitt had two 100-yard rushers since 1988. Pitt held Cincinnati scoreless in the second half.
Next: Saturday, at Louisville.
Rutgers
Junior TB Ray Rice ran 39 times for 181 yards as the Scarlet Knights toppled visiting USF 30-27. Rutgers improved to 7-0 all-time when Rice has at least 30 carries and 16-3 when he reaches 100 yards. The Scarlet Knights had seven sacks and did a good job slowing USF's rushing attack. Rutgers also used some big special-teams plays to pull the upset.
Next: Saturday, vs. West Virginia.
Syracuse
The Orange snapped a three-game losing streak with a 20-12 victory over Buffalo. Syracuse scored two touchdowns in the final minute of the first half to break away from a 3-3 tie and take a 17-3 halftime lead. WR Mike Williams had seven catches for 113 yards and a TD for the Orange. Syracuse ran for 179 yards, 121 above its average.
Next: Nov. 3, at Pittsburgh.
South Florida
The Bulls' stay at No. 2 in the BCS was short-lived, thanks to a 30-27 loss at Rutgers. USF couldn't stop Rutgers TB Ray Rice, who ran for 181 yards. USF also had trouble stopping the Scarlet Knights' pass rush; QB Matt Grothe was sacked seven times. USF also committed some untimely penalties and had trouble on special teams
Next: Saturday, at Connecticut.
West Virginia
The Mountaineers scored on their first five possessions for a 31-0 lead and cruised to a 38-13 victory over visiting Mississippi State. Pat White threw two TD passes and ran for another score in the first half for WVU. Steve Slaton finished with 127 yards and a TD. WVU limited Mississippi State to 214 total yards.
Next: Saturday, at Rutgers.

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Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.




 

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