Shocking Saturday indeed.
Who in the world would have thought that the one constant in the complete messthat is the Big East would be Pittsburgh? The Panthers won its third consecutive BigEast game today, defeating Louisville 20-3 at home.
The teams that were expected to be atop the Big East are anything but. West Virginiadropped its second straight conference game, losing 16-13 inovertime against Connecticut. The loss brings about a ton of questions regarding the quick hire of Bill Stewart, and whether or not the Mountaineersare a good team.
Cincinnati was crushed by the steamroller that is Syracuse. The Orange took advantage of theZach Collaros-absent Bearcats by winning 31-7 on the road. Doug Marronehas his teams’ defense playing outstanding football, with each of the teams’ six wins showcasingdefensive performances equal to or under 14 opposing points.
In the ACC, we have seen three major upsets in the three games that have beenplayed so far this week. Thursday night we saw No. 16 Florida State loseto North Carolina State as Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson used his feet –three rushing touchdowns — rather than his arm.
Virginia defeated another ranked ACC team in Miami (FL) just moments ago. The Cavaliersnearly gave up a 24-0 lead, but was able to overcome 19 unanswered points to pull off the 24-19 win. Virginia made use of five Miami turnovers, and Virginia running back KeithPayne ran for 81 yards on 17 carries, with two scores.
Another ACC game today between Boston College and Clemson did not disappoint the currenttrend of… disappointment. The Eagles ended its current losing streak and maintained bowleligibility. Currently, Boston College holds the seventh longest bowl appearance streak in thenation, reaching the postseason 11 consecutive years. The Tigersjumped to a 10-3 lead after the first riding a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown byRashard Hall. Boston College showed that its defense was in fact enough to win a ballgame. Clemson was held to 265 total yards of offense, and the Eagles forced two turnovers, bothKyle Parker interceptions.