Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
CINCINNATI: In dramatic fashion the Cincinnati Bearcats upset the Virginia
Tech Hokies 27-24, as Munchie Legaux connected with Damon Julian on a 39-yard
touchdown pass with 13 seconds remaining this past weekend. The Bearcats have
now won six straight games dating back to last season and are 3-0 for the
first time since 2009. Despite only completing 19-of-42 passes in the game,
Legaux finished with a career-high in passing yards (376) while tying a career
high with three touchdown passes. On the receiving end of many of those passes
was Kenbrell Thompkins, who had a career-high 134 yards and a touchdown on
seven catches. Julian also had a strong day, with 89 yards on four receptions.
George Winn was the team's leading rusher with 76 yards on 17 carries. The
Bearcats allowed Virginia Tech to convert on only 4-of-13 third down attempts
in the game and did not allow a first down until 5:17 remained in the second
quarter. The Bearcats also forced three turnovers, including two
interceptions, to make up for the 402 yards of total offense they surrendered.
Maalik Bomar (16) and Greg Blair (13) each finished with career-highs in
tackles. Cincinnati will play another non-conference game next weekend when
the Miami-Ohio RedHawks come to Nippert Stadium.
CONNECTICUT: For the third time in five games the Connecticut Huskies faced
off with an opponent from the Mid-American Conference, as the Huskies defeated
the Buffalo Bulls 24-17 at Rentschler Field. Connecticut is now 19-4 all-time
against MAC schools including a 2-1 mark this season with the other decisions
being a 37-0 win over Massachusetts and a 30-24 loss at Western Michigan.
Chandler Whitmer threw for 227 yards on 15-of-22 passing while capping off a
season-long 92-yard drive in the second quarter with a 36-yard touchdown pass
to Ryan Griffin. Whitmer completed a pass to eight different receivers in the
game. Lyle McCombs rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown in the win but averaged
only 3.3 yards per carry. McCombs is now ranked third in the conference in
rushing (452 yards) this season. Trevardo Williams, who entered the game
ranked seventh in the nation in sacks added another quarterback takedown.
Yawin Smallwood, the nation's fourth leading tackler registered 11 stops in
the game, while Jory Johnson's 14 tackles was a game and career best.
Connecticut won despite being out-gained by a slim 361-360 yard margin. The
Huskies will get a real test next week in their first Big East conference game
when they face off with Rutgers.
LOUISVILLE: Despite pounding rain Louisville kept its perfect record intact by
pulling out a 21-17 win over Southern Miss. With the win the Cardinal are now
5-0 this season and have held on to their No. 19 ranking in the AP Top 25. The
backfield tandem of Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright carried the team in the
contest combining for 202 yards on the ground on 42 attempts. Perry had the
better game with 118 yards and two scores including the game winner with 5:35
left in regulation. With so much success running the ball Louisville managed
to dominate time of possession holding the ball for 35:22. Louisville is now
the lead rushing team in the Big East with 846 rushing yards as a team. While
Perry (458) and Wright (389) rank second and fourth respectively in the
conference in individual rushing yards. Teddy Bridgewater's normal accuracy
took a hit in the game due in large part to the inclement weather. The
sophomore did complete 69.2 percent of his passes but had only nine
completions for 85 yards and was also picked off once. Bridgewater still leads
the conference in completion percentage (73.0). Defensively the Cardinals
allowed Southern Miss to convert on only 2-of-12 third down attempts while
picking up 249 total yards and 13 first downs. League play begins for
Louisville next as the Cardinals make the trip to Western Pennsylvania to do
battle with Pittsburgh in two weeks.
PITTSBURGH: Pittsburgh were rewarded with a bye week after winning back-to-
back games on the heels of losing consecutive games in embarrassing fashion.
The Panthers will look to keep their meager winning streak going in a Friday
night contest against Syracuse this week.
RUTGERS: Rutgers was idle after moving into the top-25 with a 35-26 win on the
road over Arkansas. The now No. 22 Scarlet Knights will defend their national
ranking in their conference opener in what will be a clash of two of the
conference's top defenses when they take on Connecticut this Saturday.
SOUTH FLORIDA: A 17-point third quarter by Florida State doomed South Florida
as the Bulls fell to the Seminoles 30-17 on Saturday. USF's defense held the
Seminoles to their lowest point total of the season in the win as Florida
State entered play as the second-highest scoring team in the nation. However
the Bulls were still out-gained in total yards by a 425-268 margin. B.J.
Daniels accounted for a great deal of that offensive effort, throwing for 143
yards and rushing for a team-high 72 including two scores. The two scoring
runs were the 22nd and 23rd of his career, moving him into a tie for second in
career rushing touchdowns at USF. Derrick Hopkins finished the game with 122
all purpose yards, all on returns, while Demetrius Murray's 37 was the third
most on the team. The Bulls averaged more than two yards less per play than
FSU with the Seminoles averaging 6.3 and USF at 4.1. Kayvon Webster had 12
tackles in the game, the most by a Bull in a single game this season. USF gets
the position of welcoming Temple back into the Big East next weekend when the
Bulls invade Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
SYRACUSE: The Orange will be looking for their first win against FBS
competition this season when they host Pittsburgh at the Carrier Dome on
Friday. Syracuse's only win came against Stony Brook of the FCS level. The
Orange had a bye this past weekend.
TEMPLE: After back-to-back disappointing losses, Temple was off this past
weekend giving the Owls two weeks to prepare for their first conference game
as a member of the Big East against South Florida. Temple was just 2-17 in
league play in its last three seasons in the conference.
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