Big East Update

Midweek notes from the Big East Conference

  • Louisville senior defensive end Elvis Dumervil was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation after setting a BIG EAST record for sacks in Sunday's 31-24 victory at Kentucky. Dumervil, a senior from Miami, Fla., registered six sacks and a career-high 12 tackles. Seven of those tackles were for lost yardage. He also forced a pair of fumbles and had a fumble recovery.

  • All five games involving BIG EAST teams on Saturday and Sunday were televised. West Virginia's 15-7 win at Syracuse was carried nationally on ABC. The other games on television were: Notre Dame at Pittsburgh (ABC), Louisville at Kentucky (ESPN), Rutgers at Illinois (ESPN2) and USF at Penn State (ESPNU).

  • Two of the four BIG EAST stadiums that hosted season openers were sellouts and a third was nearly at capacity. Connecticut filled its 40,000-seat Rentschler Field for the Huskies' 38-0 win over Buffalo on Sept. 1 and Pittsburgh drew 66,451 fans, including standing room tickets, to Heinz Field for its game against Notre Dame. At the Carrier Dome on Sunday, 45,418 fans watched Syracuse host West Virginia. The Carrier Dome's football capacity is 49,262.

  • This week, Louisville is ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press and USA Today polls.

  • Pittsburgh plays at Ohio U. on Friday in a game that ESPN2 will televise at 8 p.m. EDT. This Saturday, the BIG EAST Game of the Week package begins with Cincinnati traveling to Penn State. The BIG EAST Game of the Week, the nation's largest college football regional network is produced by ESPN Regional Television and reaches more than 28 million homes. Kickoff each week is noon, Eastern time.

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