Louisville 40, Rutgers 13 - HIGHLIGHTS
West Virginia 35, Pittsburgh 10 - HIGHLIGHTS
USF 23, Miami (FL) 20 (OT)- HIGHLIGHTS
Boston College 16, Syracuse 7- HIGHLIGHTS
UConn 38, Cincinnati 17- HIGHLIGHTS
Thirteen weeks of the season are complete. Only three games remain. And there are still a number of possibilities in place with regard to the BIG EAST championship and the conference’s Bowl Championship Series bid.
Three teams are still alive for the BCS spot. Five could still lay claim to a share of the conference championship. There could be an outright winner, three different two-way ties, a three-way tie, or even a five-way tie for the title.
Connecticut has bumped Pittsburgh from the driver’s seat after the Huskies scored a 38-17 win against Cincinnati and the Panthers fell 35-10 to West Virginia. Those results forged a three-way tie for first in the standings and gives Connecticut a tiebreaker advantage against the Panthers and Mountaineers.
The Huskies pulled away from what had been a close game late in the second quarter when defensive end Kendall Reyes intercepted a pass at the Connecticut 16-yard line as Cincinnati threatened to tie the game before halftime. Reyes returned the pick 79 yards to set up a Connecticut touchdown, giving the Huskies a 24-10 lead at the break. Running back Jordan Todman had two of his three touchdown runs in the second half to put it out of reach and help the Huskies finish 6-0 at Rentschler Field this season.
Todman, the nation’s second-leading rusher, went for 175 yards and three touchdowns to pace Connecticut (7-4, 4-2 BIG EAST), which has won four straight and needs to beat USF Saturday to earn the BIG EAST BCS bid for the first time.
Cincinnati was undone by five turnovers as the Bearcats fell to 4-7 overall and 2-4 in the BIG EAST.
West Virginia (8-3, 4-2), meanwhile, picked up its third straight win as the Mountaineers took a 35-10 decision against Pittsburgh at Heinz Field in the 103rd edition of the Backyard Brawl — the BIG EAST’s oldest and most-played rivalry.
Mountaineer quarterback Geno Smith threw three touchdown passes among his nine completions, and fullback Ryan Clarke ran for two scores to pace the offense. West Virginia’s defense, meanwhile, forced three first-half turnovers and held the Panthers (6-5, 4-2) to 78 rushing yards. Cornerback Brandon Hogan had the big play on defense with a 53-yard interception return to set up the Mountaineers’ first touchdown.
Louisville finished its regular season, but the Cardinals will have the opportunity to continue playing after a 40-13 win at Rutgers. The win improved Louisville to 6-6 (3-4), making the Cardinals bowl-eligible for the first time since the 2007 season.
Running back Bilal Powell set the tone for Louisville with two touchdown receptions and a touchdown run before two minutes had been played in the second quarter. Powell finished with 123 rushing yards and the quarterback tandem of Justin Burke and Will Stein combined to complete 18 of 25 passes for 210 yards and three TDs.
Rutgers (4-7, 1-5), which has lost five straight, was led by freshman running back Jordan Thomas, who went for a career-high 120 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
USF gave first-year head coach Skip Holtz his first signature win with the Bulls (7-4, 3-3), who scored a 23-20 overtime win at Miami (Fla.) at Sun Life Stadium. Quarterback Bobby Eveld came off the bench in the second half to engineer two touchdown drives, including one that was capped by his own 1-yard scoring run to tie the game with two minutes left in regulation.
Syracuse (7-5, 4-3) completed its regular season with a 16-7 loss to Boston College at the Carrier Dome. The Orange played the second half without standout running back Delone Carter, who left with an undisclosed injury, and Syracuse’s offense was unable to find a rhythm.