Big East Football: Week 2

By Paul Sykes

Seven conference members took to the gridiron Saturday and the Big East went 5-2 in matchups. Louisville was the only idle team in week two.

  • South Florida traveled to Bowling Green to square off against Western Kentucky. WKU trailed just 21-13 after three quarters to the Bulls but couldn’t produce any final quarter points and USF pulled away for a harder than figured 35-13 win. Bulls QB Matt Grothe had 281 yards of total offense to become the Big East’s all time yardage leader and threw for two TD’s.
  • UConn pulled the shocker for three quarters leading #19 North Carolina 10-0 but a late rally by the Tar Heels and a costly offensive holding penalty in the end zone for a safety spelled the difference as UNC roared back to win 12-10 in East Hartford. UConn managed only 196 yards of offense.
  • Cincinnati continued rolling up the points in week two, smashing South East Missouri 70-3 in Nippert Stadium. OB Tony Pike accounted for 4 scores and wide receiver Mardy Gilyard had three touchdown catches and one punt return to paydirt.
  • Pittsburgh also resumed their point barrage in week two, throttling Buffalo 54-27. QB Bill Stull tossed three TD’s to Dorin Dickerson and the Panthers rolled up 500 yards of offense against the defending Mid-America Conference champions at Heinz Field.
  • Rutgers recovered from a week one loss to Cincinnati by out pointing Howard 45-7. Rutgers scored on seven straight possessions and shut out the Bison in the second half. Freshman QB Tom Savage drew his first start and delivered two TD’s and 223 passing yards.
  • West Virginia shut down East Carolina in Morgantown in the second half and pulled away to win 35-20. QB Jarrett Brown tossed four touchdowns and went 24-31 for 334 yards and added 73 yards rushing for the Eers.
  • Syracuse fell behind to host Penn State 28-0 and lost to the #7 Nittany Lions 28-7. The Orangemen managed just 200 yards against the stout Penn State defense with just 65 on the ground.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.