Big East Football: Connecticut Upset Highlights Saturday's Games

By Alex Callos

A full slate of Big East games is set for next weekend and yesterday a few teams finished up non-conference play. There were however, two conference games and one of them may perhaps be the biggest upset of the season in the conference. The Connecticut Huskies took down the South Florida Bulls to get their first conference win. Here is a rundown of yesterday’s Big East games.

Cincinnati 25 Louisville 16

The Bearcats (5-1, 1-0) struggled on offense in the first half. They were unable to get anything going against a Louisville (2-4, 0-1) defense that is ranked in the Top 10 in the country. A pick six at the end of the first half put Louisville up 16-7 halfway through the game. Cincinnati battled back and got a 50-yard go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter on a nice scamper by Isaiah Pead to give themselves a 22-16 lead. A late field-goal sealed the deal and the Bearcats got a much needed win at home against the Cardinals.

Utah 26 Pittsburgh 14

Pittsburgh (3-4) came out strong and jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter. Once again, they blew another big lead in a game they could have won. Panthers running back Ray Graham was held in check with 46 yards on only 12 carries. The Utah defense was just too much for Pittsburgh who could only muster 120 yards of total offense the entire game as quarterback Tino Sunseri was replaced by freshman Trey Anderson

Rutgers 21 Navy 20

In possibly one of the most exciting games of the day, Rutgers pulled out another close, hard-fought victory. The Scarlet Knights (5-1, 2-0) blocked a Navy 34-yard go-ahead field goal attempt with less than five minutes remaining and held on for the one-point victory. Star receiver Mohamed Sanu had 10 more catches for Rutgers for 100 yards. Running back Jawan Jamison went over 100 yards with 101 and scored his first touchdown of the season.

Connecticut 16 South Florida 10

Even though the Huskies (3-4, 1-1) did not score a touchdown on offense, they were still able to defeat the Bulls (5-2, 0-2) by converting on three field goals and scoring a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery. Connecticut got their first win of the month and their first Big East win of the season. South Florida lost their second consecutive game after starting 5-0. The key to victory was holding South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels under 250 yards and forcing him into two interceptions.


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