PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The BIG EAST Conference has named Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati linebacker Brandon Mills and West Virginia punter Gregg Pugnetti the winners of the conference's weekly football honors for the week-ending Nov. 20.
Pead, the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, was the catalyst in the highest-scoring game in BIG EAST history as he finished with five touchdowns in Cincinnati’s 69-38 win against Rutgers. He rushed for a career-high 213 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries and had two receptions for 36 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown reception. He led an offense that gained 661 yards and held a 31-16 advantage in first downs.
Though Cincinnati allowed 38 points in its record-setting win against Rutgers, Mills led a defensive line that limited the Scarlet Knights to -9 rushing yards and one rushing first down. Mills had a game-high 10 tackles, including three sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Mills was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.
Singled out by coach Bill Stewart as West Virginia’s player of the game, Pugnetti withstood a strong Louisville rush to average 44.9 yards on seven punts with a long kick of 47 yards in the Mountaineers’ 17-10 win against the Cardinals. Pugnetti downed two punts inside the Cardinal 20-yard line and saw just one punt return attempt among his seven kicks. Pugnetti was chosen as BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Isaiah Pead • Jr. • RB • Cincinnati • Columbus, Ohio
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brandon Mills • So. • DL • Cincinnati • Cincinnati, Ohio
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Gregg Pugnetti • Sr. • P • West Virginia • Fairfax, W.Va.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
D.J. Woods, WR, Cincinnati — Had 291 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns in a 69-38 win against Rutgers.
Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut — Rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-6 win at Syracuse
Kendall Reyes, DE, Connecticut — Had two turnovers that led to scores (one forced fumble, one interception) in a 23-6 win at Syracuse.
Mark Harrison, WR, Rutgers — Had 10 receptions for 240 yards and a BIG EAST record-tying four touchdowns in a 69-38 loss at Cincinnati.
Dom DeCicco, SS, Pittsburgh — Had a game-high 13 tackles, with nine solo stops, in a 17-10 win at USF.