Last week's opponent New Hampshire lost to William and Mary 9-7
In New England this is called "pulling a Rutgers."
Rutgers' next opponent Syracuse defeated Cincinnati 19-7
As predicted Perry Patterson took over the passing duties from Joe Fields. There is still the problem of finding receivers. Syracuse squeezed out this one over hapless Cincinnati. They won't be so lucky next week against the Virginia Cavaliers.
Syracuse plays Virginia next week before taking on Rutgers at the Carrier Dome two weeks from now.
Connecticut lost to Boston College 27-7
This could have been a game except that UConn went into serious self destruct mode. The Huskies fumbled the initial kickoff (resulting in a quick BC score) and repeatedly destroyed their field position with stupid, needless penalties. The camera repeatedly cut to the sidelines, showing Edsall justifiably ripping into players who ruined one Husky opportunity after another.
BC showed an excellent pass rush, a good run game and a mobile quarterback in Paul Peterson who will give opponents trouble throughout the season.
UConn's has a good but not great running back in Cornell Brockington and a very solid passer in Dan Orlovsky. UConn's play calling was excellent and this could have turned into a real contest ...
but it didn't.
Next week Connecticut plays Army at home
Next week Boston College travels to Wake Forest
West Virginia defeated Maryland 19-16
Rasheed Marshall and Kay Jay Harris put together some nice rushing numbers but Marshall could not complement it with a solid passing performance in the first half. Only WVU's swarming defense allowed the Mountaineers to take a 7-3 lead in to the locker room at half time.
In the second half Maryland capitalized on WVU's weak pass rush to take a 4th quarter 16-13 lead. It was then that Marshall came to life. Utilizing both run and pass plays he got the Mountaineers in position to tie the game and sent it into over time. In OT Marshall won the contest on a seven yard touchdown pass to Chris Henry.
The game was a big win for the Big East but it leaves some questions about the Mountaineers' BCS aspirations. WVU has weaknesses in its pass rush and lacks a consistent passing attack. Additionally, you rarely saw passes to the WVU tight ends allowing Maryland to concentrate on Chris Henry. Future opponents are going to see these weaknesses and key on them. They may prove to be the undoing of WVU's BCS hopes before the season is over.
Next week West Virginia hosts James Madison
Temple defeated Florida A&M 29-7
Walter Washington accounted for 341 yards of total offense (119 rushing, 222 passing) and three touchdowns as Temple routed Div 1AA Florida A&M.
Next week Temple plays at Toledo
Pittsburgh lost to Nebraska 24-17
This game was a huge opportunity to promote the Big East on national television.
The reality was vintage Pittsburgh.
The Panthers turned over the ball three times deep in the their own territory to spot Nebraska 17 first half points. The Cornhuskers were then forced to earn a TD on their own. They did, which gave them a 24-10 first half lead. Pitt showed virtually nothing on offense racking up less then 30 yards in total offense in the first half until Tyler Palko led the Panthers on a half ending drive for a field goal.
In classic Pitt fashion, the Panthers came storming back in the second half. In classic Pitt fashion they came up short.
The silver lining for the Panthers was the performance to young QB Tyler Palko. Palko led the second half comeback attempt with a 22 for 45 performance good for 225 yards. Under constant pressure all day, Palko got over his early game interceptions and riddled the Nebraska secondary with pin point passing throughout the second half. In the end the Pitt was threatening to tie the game with only seconds left on the clock. Pitt came up short but they may have found a heady, talented QB.
Next week Pittsburgh hosts Furman
Out of conference opponents
Navy beat Tulsa 29-0
Kyle Eckel ran for three touchdowns and Aaron Palanco went 6 for 8 and 117 yards to lead the Middies over winless Tulsa.
Next week Navy hosts Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt lost to Mississippi 26-23
Mississippi picked up its first victory at the expense of winless Vanderbilt. Vandy finally got the ground game going with 100 yard rushing games by both quarterback Jay Cutler and Norval McKenzie. The Commodores seemed to be on route to their first win over the Rebels in five years. VU led by as much as 13 points in the third quarter, however, penalties and poor execution shut down the Vandy offense allowing Mississippi to get back into and eventually win the game.
Next week Vanderbilt travels to Navy
In other games Louisville's game with Tulane was postponed due to hurricane.
Notre Dame edged Michigan State 31-24. My advice to Ty Willingham: "avoid New Hampshire at all costs."
The Maine Bears shocked Mississippi State 9-7. You can bet that they'll be kicking out the jams in Orono tonight.
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