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2009 CFN Big East Week 6 Roundup
Posted Oct 11, 2009

Big East 2009 Week Six Game of the Week, Player of the Week, Roundup & Standings

2009 Big East ... Week 6

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Big East Standings
  Conf. Overall
Pitt 2 0 5 1
Cincinnati 1 0 5 0
USF 1 0 5 0
W. Virginia 1 0 4 1
Rutgers 0 1 4 1
Conn. 0 1 3 2
Louisville 0 1 2 3
Syracuse 0 2 2 4
Players of the Week
10/10 Bill Stull, QB Pitt
10/3 Noel Devine, RB WV
9/26 B.J. Daniels, QB USF
9/19 Tony Pike, QB Cin
9/13 Jarrett Brown, QB WV
9/5 Tony Pike, QB Cin.

Games of the Week
10/10 Pitt 24, Conn 21
10/3 WVU 35, Col 24
9/26 NC St 38, Pitt 31
9/19 SU 37, NWest 34
9/13 UNC 12, Conn 10
9/5 Minn. 23, SU 20 OT


at Pitt 24
Connecticut 21
- Connecticut loses to Pitt on late field goal 
- Pitt & Stull come back to beat UConn

CFN Pick: Pitt 24-17
Line: Pitt -8.5 

West Virginia 34
at Syracuse 13
- Syracuse & Paulus are awful in loss to WVU 
- West Virginia has no problem with the Orange 

CFN Pick: West Virginia 34-17
Line: WVU -10

at Rutgers 42
Texas Southern 0
Rutgers gets Savage back in win over TSU 

CFN Pick: Rutgers 55-0
Line: No Line

at Louisville 25
Southern Miss 23
Louisville gets late FG to beat Eagles 

CFN Pick: Louisville 28-24
Line: Louisville -10.5

at Pitt 24 … Connecticut 21

Dan Hutchins nailed an 18-yard field goal to complete an impressive comeback for the Pitt win. Panther QB Bill Stull was awful early, throwing an interception to Robert Vaughn that was returned for a score, but he got hot late as he hit Jonathan Baldwin for a 26-yard score and Dorin Dickerson for a 27-yard touchdown as part of the 18 unanswered points for the win. UConn got in the end zone first on a 79-yard Marcus Easley touchdown catch in the second quarter, but the offense sputtered and stalled in the fourth quarter.

Pitt QB Bill Stull completed 21-of-31 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in the win over Connecticut.


… Didn’t Play This Week

Connecticut … at Pitt 24 ... Connecticut 21 ... Greg Lloyd made 15 tackles and Robert Vaughn made ten tackles with two picks, but the defense went bye-bye in crunch time. UConn can’t win too many games, if any, when it gets outgained on the ground, and it lost to Pitt 221 yards to 106. The Huskies all but gave this one away, and now it can’t make any mistakes against Louisville and Rutgers in two home games in the next three weeks, while the team will have to be perfect to challenge West Virginia, Cincinnati, and Notre Dame on the road.

Louisville … at Louisville 25 ... Southern Miss 23 ... It might not have been easy, and the Cardinal offense needed a huge play from Scott Long to stay alive, but after a three-game losing streak, and with the only win coming against Indiana State, this was big. There isn’t enough scoring punch and the passing game has been hit-or-miss, but with road games against Connecticut and Cincinnati up next, the start of the season might have been truly ugly if the Cardinals didn’t pull this off. However, the pass defense has to be a lot tighter after allowing USM’s Martevious Young complete 22-of-30 passes.

… at Pitt 24 ... Connecticut 21 ... As poor as Bill Stull was at times, when he was able to pull the Panthers out of the fire to get the win he cemented himself as the leader of the team the rest of the way. The secondary is going to be a problem all season long, evidenced again by allowing Cody Endres to complete 17-of-23 passes. Surviving at home against UConn was one thing, but the big games are coming up with South Florida the nasty date coming after next week’s game at Rutgers. The team will have to be far tighter and far more efficient.

… at Rutgers 42 ... Texas Southern 0 ... Tom Savage makes all the difference for the offense. While he wasn’t necessarily needed against Texas Southern, he got to get back on the field after suffering a bad concussion and he got to see some live reps before the Scarlet Knights play Pitt. While it was an easy win and the team obviously didn’t need its A game, 12 penalties were too many and the relatively ineffectiveness on third downs, converting just 6-of-13 chances against a bad defense, were problems that need to be worked on. Rutgers might be 4-1, but it hasn’t beaten anyone yet. Now, against Pitt, we see if the team is for real.

South Florida
… Didn’t Play This Week

… West Virginia 34 ... at Syracuse 13 ... It’s time for the Ryan Nassib era to start, and now. Greg Paulus was mediocre completing 5-of-9 passes for 30 yards with a pick, and while Nassib got in when the game was all but out of reach, he was more effective. Nassib, a sophomore, needs developing and he could use the time over the second half of the season to hit the ground running in 2010. With Akron coming up next, it might be tempting to stick with Paulus to try to keep bowl hopes alive, but the team can produce with Nassib, too.

West Virginia
… West Virginia 34 ... at Syracuse 13 ... West Virginia came up with its most complete game of the season with Jarrett Brown playing his most efficient game yet, while the defense stuffed the Syracuse offense and made QB Greg Paulus look awful. The running game might not have been perfect, but the Orange can stuff the run well and Brown made up for it with an effective day. Now comes the Marshall game that’s always emotional, but the big battles are coming with Connecticut, at South Florida, and at Cincinnati in the next month.

Thursday, October 15
Cincinnati at USF

Friday, October 16
Pitt at Rutgers

Saturday, October 17
Louisville at Connecticut
Marshall at West Virginia

Friday, October 23
Rutgers at Army

Saturday, October 24
Louisville at Cincinnati
Connecticut at West Virginia
USF at Pitt
Akron at Syracuse

Friday, October 30
West Virginia at USF

Saturday, October 31
Cincinnati at Syracuse
Rutgers at Connecticut
Arkansas State at Louisville

Saturday, November 7
Connecticut at Cincinnati
Louisville at West Virginia
Syracuse at Pitt

Thursday, November 12
USF at Rutgers

Friday, November 13
West Virginia at Cincinnati (ESPN2)

Saturday, November 14
Syracuse at Louisville
Notre Dame at Pitt

Saturday, November 21
Louisville at USF
Rutgers at Syracuse
Connecticut at Notre Dame (NBC)

Friday, November 27
Pitt at West Virginia

Saturday, November 28
Syracuse at Connecticut
Rutgers at Louisville
Illinois at Cincinnati
Miami at USF

Saturday, December 5
Cincinnati at Pitt
USF at Connecticut
West Virginia at Rutgers