It was a good week all-around for West Virginia, which trounced Bowling Green, but it wasn’t nearly so good for the Mountaineers’ Big East brethren.
Louisville lost 17-13 to Marshall in a late-afternoon game, despite being big favorites coming in. A touchdown pass from Rakeem Cato to C.J. Crawford with about two minutes remaining gave the Thundering Herd the lead. Cato went 18-for-30 with 236 yards and two scores.
Also, UConn, which was a slight favorite over Western Michigan, lost in a wild one, 38-31. The Huskies had a 24-17 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Alex Carder threw three touchdown passes in the final 10 minutes, and a UConn fumble by Ryan Griffin with less than a minute to go sealed the win for Western Michigan. Carder had 479 yards passing and five touchdowns, and three of his receivers had at least 113 yards receiving.
So, in all, the Big East has gone 4-4 this week, with only Pitt, WVU, Rutgers and Cincinnati escaping defeat. It doesn’t look like it’ll be a powerhouse conference, and WVU and Pitt look to be in the driver’s seat.