A brief look at Big East Conference games for Nov. 20:
Cincinnati 69, Rutgers 38: Zach Collaros threw four touchdown passes and Isaiah Pead ran for four as host Cincinnati (4-6, 2-3 Big East) totaled 661 yards in total offense at Rippert Stadium. Collaros threw 23-of-39 for 366 yards; Armon Binns caught six passes for 139 yards and D.J. Woods had six catches for 97 yards. Pead had 31 carries for 213 yards.
Chas Dodd also threw four touchdown passes for Rutgers (4-6, 1-4), all to Mark Harrison, who caught 10 passes for 240 yards. Dodd finished 19-of-29 for 335 yards, but the Cincinnati defense made the Scarlet Knights’ rushing game non-existent: 27 carries for minus-9 yards.
The 107 combined points set a league record in a game in which long plays resulted in five touchdown drives lasting less than one minute. Cincinnati’s longest scoring drive took 3:55 off the clock in the second quarter.
Connecticut 23, Syracuse 6: Jordan Todman ran for 130 yards and two touchdown as Connecticut downed Syracuse in the CarrierDome. Todman ran in a 1-yard run in the first quarter and 2-yard score in the second. Dave Teggart hit three field goals for Connecticut (6-4, 3-2); he is 18-of-24 on field goals this season.
Ryan Nassib was 20-of-36 for 171 yards for Syracuse (7-4, 4-3). Six of the completions went to Marcus Sales for 57 yards.
West Virginia 17, Louisville 10: Geno Smith’s 48-yard pass to Noel Devine set up the go-ahead touchdown for West Virginia (7-3, 3-2) when Ryan Clarke ran in from 2 yards out in Louisville. Keith Tandy’s interception with 2:22 remaining preserved the victory. Louisville (5-6, 2-4) entered the game leading the Big East Conference by averaging 192 rushing yards a game, but the Mountaineer defense limited the Cardinals to just 171 yards in total offense. Devineran for 66 yards on 23 carries; Smith ran 11 times for 57 yards.
Louisville was hindered by the loss of running back Bilal Powell, who had no yards in four carries before he left the game due to illness. Daniel Brown scored the Cardinals’ only touchdown when Rodney Grant hit Smith, causing a fumble, and Brown recovered it in the end zone. Louisville must defeat Rutgers on Friday to become bowl-eligible.
Pittsburgh 17, South Florida 10: Dion Lewis ran 22 times for 105 yards and a touchdown to help Pittsburgh (6-4, 4-1) maintain its run toward a Big East championship. The Panthers limited USF quarterback B.J. Daniels to just 132 yards on 15-of-29 passing. Terre Mitchell scored the lone touchdown for South Florida (6-4, 3-3) on a 45-yard run.