Defensive end Elvis Dumervil set a BIG EAST record and school record for sacks in a game with six, leading Louisville to a 31-24 win at Kentucky in the Cardinals' first game as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. Dumervil had a career-best 12 tackles versus the Wildcats, including seven for a loss. Five of his career-best six sacks came in the first half. Dumervil also forced a pair of fumbles and had a fumble recovery.
In his first career start, quarterback Dustin Grutza rallied the Bearcats from a 20-14 halftime deficit to defeat Eastern Michigan, 28-26. Grutza accounted for three of the team's four touchdowns. His 21-yard touchdown run in the third quarter put Cincinnati ahead for good, as the Bearcats went on to victory in their first game as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. Grutza finished the game 17-of-26 for 176 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for 49 yards and a touchdown.
Larry Taylor registered 161 total return yards for the Huskies in Connecticut's 38-0 win over Buffalo. Taylor had five punt returns for 118 yards and one kickoff return for 43 yards. His 118 punt return yards marked the eighth-best performance in BIG EAST history.
The BIG EAST will also name a weekly five-player honor roll in 2005. The honor roll for week one includes Louisville running back Michael Bush (128 yards rushing and two touchdowns), Rutgers' fullback Brian Leonard (193 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns), West Virginia cornerback Eric Wicks (four tackles, including two tackles for loss, one sack and a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown), USF punter Brandon Baker (45.3 yard average, including a career-long 68-yard punt), and Connecticut defensive tackle Deon McPhee (five tackles and one sack in a shutout win over Buffalo).