Rest of the Big East

Earlier, the Scout.com network reported on the UConn Huskies and the Temple Owls following last week's football games. Today, the network covers the remainder of the Big East Conference.

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BOSTON COLLEGE
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Senior Paul Peterson threw for a career-best 367 yards, but his performance was lost in the Eagles' 20-17 overtime defeat at Pittsburgh.

Peterson capped a 10-play, 89-yard scoring drive late in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard pass to receiver Larry Lester, tying the score 17-17. Boston College then won the overtime coin toss and elected to play defense first.

After his teammates held Pittsburgh to a field goal, Peterson completed a third-and-10 pass to Lester. But when Lester stretched for the first down, the ball was jarred loose and recovered by Pittsburgh's Thomas Smith.

Boston College, which dropped its first Big East game of the season, will face Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday. The Eagles edged the Irish 27-25 in last season's meeting.

Then, following a bye week, Boston College will try to regain a foothold in the Big East standings when it hosts Rutgers on Nov. 6. The Eagles are one of four conference teams that share a 4-2 record.

NOTES, QUOTES

GAME BALL GOES TO
QB Paul Peterson -- The senior completed 32 of 53 passes for a career-high 367 yards in the 20-17 loss to Pittsburgh. Peterson delivered touchdown passes to receivers Larry Lester and Joel Hazard. Despite throwing the ball 53 times, he wasn't intercepted.

KEEP AN EYE ON
WR Grant Adams -- Boston College's leading returning receiver is at it again. Adams reeled in 12 passes for a game-high 164 yards against Pittsburgh. Adams also blocked a punt in the loss.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"It was too close to call. It was close either way you look at it. I just have to live with the call that was called. It's unfortunate, but it's just the way things fall into place." -- Boston College WR Larry Lester to the Boston Globe, on whether or not his game-deciding fumble should've been ruled an incompletion.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LOOKING GOOD
When the Eagles' run game fell apart, QB Paul Peterson had the passing attack firing. The senior threw for a career-high 367 yards and two touchdowns in defeat.

STILL NEEDS SOME WORK
Boston College's previously impressive running attack produced just 56 yards in the loss at Pittsburgh. RB L.V. Whitworth led Boston College with 39 yards on 18 carries. The Eagles owned the Big East's second-ranked rushing offense entering the weekend.

ROSTER REPORT
RB Andre Callender is still recovering from a groin injury suffered against Wake Forest (Sept. 25). He practiced last week, but has missed two games.

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PITTSBURGH
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INSIDE SLANT

Junior quarterback Tyler Palko threw for 131 yards and ran for a touchdown as the Panthers recorded their most significant victory of the season, a 20-17 overtime decision against Boston College.

Pittsburgh improved to 4-2 and will host Rutgers (4-2) on Saturday in the Big East Game of the Week (noon).

Boston College put together an 89-yard drive late in the fourth quarter, which quarterback Paul Peterson capped with a game-tying, 10-yard pass to receiver Larry Lester.

Place-kicker Josh Cumming drilled a 27-yard field goal in the extra session for what proved to be the winning points in Pittsburgh's second consecutive victory. On the Eagles' overtime possession, Lester fumbled while stretching for a first down. Thomas Smith recovered for the Panthers to end the game.

Pittsburgh's formerly anemic rushing attack finally established some credibility. The Panthers rushed for 177 yards, led by tailback Raymond Kirkley (21 carries for 88 yards, 1 TD).

NOTES, QUOTES

GAME BALL GOES TO
QB Tyler Palko -- For the second straight game, the junior didn't throw an interception. Palko completed 12 of 27 passes for 131 yards. He also rushed for 55 yards and a 3-yard touchdown.

KEEP AN EYE ON
RB Raymond Kirkley -- One week after rushing for 86 yards and a game-winning touchdown against Temple, the senior managed 88 yards and a 2-yard touchdown on 21 carries in the win over Boston College. Also LB H.B. Blades is the Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Week.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"He has a bit of hard-headness. He really should avoid the guy, give him a little dip and head back inside. But I guarantee there was some excitement on that sideline and in the stands after that play." -- Pittsburgh coach Walt Harris, to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, regarding a hit QB Tyler Palko delivered to Boston College CB Pete Shean on a third-quarter scramble.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LOOKING GOOD
At long last the Panthers' running game delivered; and it was no coincidence they secured the biggest win of the season. RB Raymond Kirkley's 88-yard performance sparked a 177-yard rushing total.

STILL NEEDS SOME WORK
Boston College rolled up 367 passing yards. Where exactly was Pittsburgh's secondary? Eagles quarterback Paul Peterson delivered touchdown passes to receivers Larry Lester and Joel Hazard.

ROSTER REPORT
LT Rob Petitti (concussion), Pittsburgh's lone returning starter on offense, returned to the field after a one-game absence.. Defensive end Kyle Smith, offensive lineman Neal Tracey and fullbacks Tim Murphy and Justin Acierno did not dress due to injury.

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RUTGERS
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INSIDE SLANT

Hard to believe, but the Scarlet Knights are just two wins away from bowl eligibility. Rutgers hasn't made a postseason appearance since the 1978 Garden State Bowl, its first and only.

Rutgers improved to 4-2 on Saturday, despite struggling on offense. The Scarlet Knights amassed a season-low 283 yards and scored just one touchdown in beating Temple 16-6 at Rutgers Stadium.

The Scarlet Knights took advantage of two Temple turnovers in the fourth quarter and produced 10 points. Quarterback Ryan Hart, who was trying to become the first player in school history to throw for 300 yards in three consecutive games, completed 18 of 30 passes for 193 yards and was intercepted three times.

"To be honest, I was a little bit surprised myself," Owls coach Bobby Wallace said. "We didn't do anything differently besides try to take away the fullback in the flat."

Redshirt sophomore fullback Brian Leonard rushed for 80 yards on 19 carries and caught two passes for an additional 55 yards. Senior wide receiver Tres Moses reeled in nine receptions for 98 yards.

The Scarlet Knights will travel to Pittsburgh (4-2) next Saturday.

NOTES, QUOTES

GAME BALL GOES TO
WR Tres Moses -- The senior tri-captain reeled in nine receptions for 98 yards in Rutgers' 16-6 victory over Temple on Saturday. Moses managed 147 and 109 receiving yards in the Scarlet Knights' two previous games against Syracuse and Vanderbilt. He has caught at least one pass in 17 consecutive games.

KEEP AN EYE ON
FS Ron Girault -- In his first career start, the true freshman recorded a team-high 13 tackles and intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter. The interception eventually resulted in three points and a 9-6 Rutgers lead. Girault is the Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Week and K Jeremy Ito is the Special Teams Player of the Week.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I thought we would've gone out there and kicked their butts, but it came down to special teams. We ended up winning the battle, I guess." -- Rutgers PK Jeremy Ito, who kicked three field goals in the win over Temple.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LOOKING GOOD
Rutgers' beleaguered defense, which was ranked 80th nationally entering the game, actually made strides against Temple. The Owls managed 360 yards of total offense, but were held to just six points. The Scarlet Knights forced four turnovers.

STILL NEEDS SOME WORK
As FB Brian Leonard (thigh) continues to play at less than 100 percent, Rutgers' run game has struggled. Leonard led the team with 80 yards on 19 carries on Saturday, but the Scarlet Knights delivered just 90 rushing yards overall.

ROSTER REPORT
OT Sameeh McDonald (knee), WR Shawn Tucker (groin), LB Berkeley Hutchinson (shoulder) and OT Jeremy Zuttah (knee) didn't play against Temple. OT Cameron Stephenson also sustained a high ankle sprain. All have started games this season. ... Stephenson and defensive backs Ron Girault and Manny Collins made their first career starts on Saturday.

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SYRACUSE
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INSIDE SLANT

The Orange will continue a brutal schedule when they play at No. 15 West Virginia on Saturday. Syracuse is coming off a 17-13 loss to Florida State on Oct. 2, which preceded a bye week.

The Mountaineers (5-1) should be the fourth and final ranked opponent Syracuse will face this season. West Virginia is the only Big East team included in the Associated Press Top 25 and the Orange have only conference games remaining on their schedule.

After losing 51-0 to Purdue on Sept. 5, Syracuse consistently improved against ranked opponents. The Orange dropped a 31-10 decision at Virginia, then fell just short against Florida State.

"We're pleased from where we started, on Sept. 5," coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "The kids have hung in there. I think we've gotten better and that's satisfying. But we're not satisfied with 3-3."

Syracuse actually had a chance to beat Florida State in the game's final minute, but quarterback Perry Patterson's pass was intercepted in the end zone with five seconds remaining. Patterson completed 19 of 28 passes for a career-high 207 yards and a touchdown.

If tailbacks Walter Reyes (92.7 ypg.) and Damien Rhodes (50.2 ypg.) continue to bowl over opponents, Syracuse could make a surprise run at the Big East title. The Orange are 1-0 in league play.

NOTES, QUOTES

KEEP AN EYE ON
SS Diamond Ferri -- The 5-10, 218-pound junior was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week after he recorded six solo tackles, forced a fumble and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown in a 17-13 loss to Florida State on Oct. 9.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"We just weren't able to connect. We needed one more big play, one more thing to happen. But we came up short." -- Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni, on his team's bid to upset then-No. 8 Florida State.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LOOKING GOOD
Syracuse owns the Big East's third-ranked rushing offense at 160.7 yards per game. Tailbacks Walter Reyes (92.7 ypg., 4 TDs) and Damien Rhodes (50.2 ypg., 4 TDs) are two of the best in the league, if not the country.

STILL NEEDS SOME WORK
Syracuse must improve its third-down consistency. The Orange converted just 2 of 13 opportunities in a 17-13 loss to Florida State on Oct. 9. Syracuse is ranked last in the league in third-down conversion percentage (21 of 80).

ROSTER REPORT
WR Steve Gregory has missed four games with a thigh injury and is questionable for the West Virginia game. CB DeAndre LaCaille (hamstring) is also questionable. LB Kellen Pruitt, who missed two games after undergoing knee surgery, should be available this weekend.

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WEST VIRGINIA
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INSIDE SLANT

Even without tailback Kay-Jay Harris, the Big East's leading rusher, the Mountaineers had no trouble disposing of Connecticut, 31-19, on the road.

Harris is still nursing a sprained knee and ankle suffered at Virginia Tech on Oct. 2, but replacement back Jason Colson rushed for 111 yards on 13 carries in the victory. Senior quarterback Rasheed Marshall also bolstered the Mountaineers' ground attack, rushing for 110 yards on 18 carries.

Marshall, the Big East's top-rated passer, also completed 12 of 20 attempts through the air for 138 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown to receiver Chris Henry.

West Virginia took a slim 10-6 halftime lead, but scored 14 points in the third quarter to sway the game's momentum.

"It was huge, we got a lucky break there," Mountaineers' coach Rich Rodriguez said, referring to defensive back Mike Lorello's 21-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third. "We were kind of in a rut. That kind of sparked us a little bit."

West Virginia (5-1, 1-0) will host fellow conference unbeaten Syracuse (3-3) on Saturday.

NOTES, QUOTES

GAME BALL GOES TO
QB Rasheed Marshall -- The senior completed 12 of 20 passes for 138 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown strike to receiver Chris Henry. He also rushed for 110 yards on 18 carries. Marshall is the Big East Offensive Player of the Week.

KEEP AN EYE ON
DB Mike Lorello -- The junior intercepted two passes and ran one back 21 yards for a touchdown. Lorello added two solo tackles.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"He had a few really nice throws that were dropped. He made one or two bad decisions, but I thought from the start of the game that he was really sharp mentally." -- West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez, on Marshall's performance.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LOOKING GOOD
The Mountaineers' offense continues to roll up big numbers against the opposition. West Virginia, which owns the league's top-ranked offense, amassed 447 yards in its 31-19 win over Connecticut on Wednesday. The Mountaineers were 3-for-3 in red zone opportunities.

STILL NEEDS SOME WORK
West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez was displeased with his team's lack of discipline. The Mountaineers were whistled for 11 penalties that totaled 89 yards.

ROSTER REPORT
TB Kay-Jay Harris (knee, ankle), the Big East's leading rusher, wasn't available. FB Justin Dziak (hamstring) also missed the game. SS Lawrence Audena, the Mountaineers' leading tackler through four games, returned to the lineup.


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