The list of unbeaten teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision is down to 16 — a list that includes three BIG EAST teams through six weeks of the 2012 season. Rutgers and Louisville are both 5-0, while Cincinnati checks in at 4-0.
Rutgers is the first BIG EAST team with two conference wins after the Scarlet Knights improved to 2-0 in league play with a 19-3 win against Connecticut at High Point Solutions Stadium
. The formula was a familiar one for Rutgers, which got a sixth straight 100-yard game from RB Jawan Jamison, steady play from QB Gary Nova and a strong defensive performance that produced five turnovers.
Jamison rushed for 110 yards on 28 carries, while Nova threw for 157 yards and a touchdown. The defense was paced by LB Khaseem Greene, who had eight tackles and one of four interceptions by the Scarlet Knights. The Huskies, who were bottled up to the tune of 53 rushing yards and 244 total yards, were led by WR Geremy Davis, who had four receptions for 78 yards.
Temple made its return to BIG EAST play a resounding success as the Owls scored a 37-28 win against USF at Lincoln Financial Field
. Temple (2-2, 1-0) held a two-point lead late in the fourth quarter and clinched the win with a block of the Bulls’ attempt at the go-ahead field goal with 1:11 left. RB Montel Harris iced it with a 35-yard touchdown run on the next play on his way to a season-high 133 yards and two TDs on 24 carries. Harris — the Boston College transfer — turned in his 23rd career 100-yard game.
USF got a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown from WR Lindsey Lamar as the Bulls fell to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in BIG EAST play.
Syracuse stands a 1-0 in BIG EAST play (2-3 overall) after the Orange snapped a seven-game series losing streak to Pittsburgh with a 14-13 win against the Panthers Friday at the Carrier Dome
. Syracuse scored on its opening drive and added another first-quarter touchdown on a 52-yard fumble return by LB Dyshawn Davis before the Orange defense made the lead hold up. Syracuse registered five sacks and had made 10 tackles in the Panther backfield, including a four-sack effort from DE Brandon Sharpe.
Pittsburgh saw QB Tino Sunseri throw for 319 yards, while WR Devin Street had 10 catches for 130 yards as the Panthers fell to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the BIG EAST.
Cincinnati was the only BIG EAST team to play a nonconference game as the Bearcats scored a 52-14 win against Miami (Ohio) in the annual Battle for the Victory Bell
. Cincinnati broke open a 24-14 halftime score by scoring 28 unanswered points in the second half as RB George Winn rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. QB Munchie Legaux threw for two TDs and rushed for another as the Bearcats remained perfect at 4-0.