PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The BIG EAST Conference has named Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Cincinnati kicker Tony Miliano the winners of the conference's final weekly football honors of the 2012 season.
Bridgewater, who was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, came off the bench to lead Louisville to a 20-17 win at No. 25 Rutgers, helping the Cardinals win a share of their second straight BIG EAST title and the league’s automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series. Playing with a cast on his left wrist and slowed by an ankle injury from his previous game, Bridgewater completed 20 of 28 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns against a Scarlet Knight defense that was ranked fourth nationally in scoring and 14th nationally in yards allowed. Bridgewater finished the regular season as the BIG EAST leader in pass efficiency (161.6).
Donald was tabbed as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after he had five tackles, which included four tackles for loss and a sack, in Pittsburgh’s 27-3 win at USF to clinch bowl eligibility for the Panthers for the fifth consecutive season. He led a Pittsburgh defense that limited the Bulls to just eight rushing yards and 117 yards of offense. Donald finished the regular season with a BIG EAST-leading 18.5 tackles for loss, good for sixth nationally.
Miliano was named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week after he scored 10 points, making field goals of 38 and 42 yards and converting all four of his PAT attempts, to help Cincinnati to a 34-17 win at Connecticut. The win gave the Bearcats a share of the BIG EAST title for the fourth time in five years. Miliano finished the regular season as the BIG EAST’s second leading scorer at 7.5 points per game.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Teddy Bridgewater • So. • QB • Louisville • Miami, Fla.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Aaron Donald • Jr. • DT • Pittsburgh • Pittsburgh, Pa.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tony Miliano • So. • K • Cincinnati • North Bend, Ohio
Travis Kelce • Sr. • TE • Cincinnati • Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Had five receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns and threw a 39-yard touchdown pass in a 34-17 win at Connecticut.
Nick Temple • So. • LB • Cincinnati • Indianapolis, Ind.
Had seven tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup in a 34-17 win at Connecticut.
Calvin Pryor • So. • S • Louisville • Port St. Joe, Fla.
Had seven tackles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery in a 20-17 win at No. 25 Rutgers.
Matt Yoklic • Jr. • P • Pittsburgh • Gibsonia, Pa.
Averaged 45.4 yards on five punts, dropping three inside the 15-yard line, in a 27-3 win at USF.
Mark Harrison • Sr. • WR • Rutgers • Stratford, Conn.
Had five receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown in a 20-17 loss to No. 23 Louisville.