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CINCINNATI: The Bearcats put an end to a two-game losing streak by posting a 35-24 victory at Nippert Stadium on Saturday. It was the ninth straight win at Nippert Stadium for the Bearcats who are now 6-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Cincinnati had 470 yards of total offense in the game and has now gone over 425 total yards in seven of eight games this season. George Winn had a career-best 165 yards rushing on 30 carries and also scored three touchdowns. Winn also threw for a touchdown on a 37-yard hookup with Travis Kelce in the second quarter. Even in the win Cincinnati gave up more yards than it gained with the Bearcats surrendering 479 yards of total offense. Greg Blair had 10 tackles in the game, a team-high, which marked the fifth time this season he has had a double-digit tackle total in a game. Cincinnati did not create much pressure in the game with just a single sack but did block a field when Brandon Mills swatted a 24-yard attempt in the second quarter. Cincinnati travels to Philadelphia next week to play Temple.
CONNECTICUT: The Huskies dropped a 13-6 decision on the road to South Florida over the weekend to fall to 3-6 overall this season. The defeat was the fourth straight for the Huskies who are still winless (0-4) in conference play. Lyle McCombs led the team with 47 yards rushing while four sacks of quarterback Chandler Whitmer accounted for a bulk of negative yardage. McCombs also had 28 yards receiving and finished second on the team with 74 yards of total offense. Whitmer threw for 284 yards in the game while completing 24-of-38 pass attempts but threw two costly interceptions. Geremy Davis was Whitmer's best pass catcher in the game with team-highs in receptions (seven) and yards (98). UConn was forced to punt on its first five possessions and turned the ball over on its last three. The defense was still strong, allowing 283 yards of total offense. Byron Jones had a team-high with nine tackles while Dwayne Gratz had an interception and five total tackles including one of six tackles for loss by the Huskies. UConn will be back in Rentschler Field next weekend when the Huskies battle Pittsburgh.
LOUISVILLE: Led by Teddy Bridgewater the Louisville Cardinals continued their perfect season with a 45-17 romp over Temple. Bridgewater threw a career-high five touchdown passes in the game with 324 passing yards on 19-of-28 passing. It was the third time this season Bridgewater has thrown for 300 or more yards in a game. With the win the Cardinals are 9-0 for the first time in school history and have reached No. 11 in the top-25. The win was also the sixth straight at home for the Cardinals, the longest such streak under current head coach Charlie Strong. Jeremy Wright was the lead rusher on the day with 100 yards even and a touchdown on 10 carries. Wright now has 14 rushing touchdowns after a three-yard score in the second quarter. As a team Louisville has rushed for 22 touchdowns this season which is the most by a Louisville team since 2007. Louisville held Temple to 309 yards of offense including just 54 through the air while holding the Owls scoreless in the second half. Louisville also kept Temple to just a 2-for-10 conversion rate on third down. Preston Brown led the team with 10 tackles, while Keith Brown had eight and one of four fumble recoveries for Louisville. Up next for Louisville is a road contest with Syracuse next Saturday.
PITTSBURGH: Pittsburgh let a 20-6 lead in the fourth quarter disappear en route to suffering a 29-26 loss in triple overtime to Notre Dame in South Bend. Pittsburgh let a number of opportunities slip away with Kevin Harper missing a potential game-winning field goal in overtime after Pittsburgh recovered a Notre Dame fumble. Despite how close the game was Pittsburgh was out-gained on offense by more than 200 yards (522-308). Pittsburgh also converted only 1-of-14 attempts on third down. Ray Graham did not seem concerned by Notre Dame's defensive prowess, rushing for 172 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Graham also hauled in a team-high six passes for 25 yards. Tino Sunseri was efficient completing 19-of-29 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. That scoring strike went to J.P. Holtz who had a team-high 54 yards through the air. The Panthers had 21 fewer first downs (34-13) than Notre Dame and struggled to put up much resistance on third down (10-for-20). Pittsburgh stays on the road next week to face Connecticut in a Friday night matchup.
RUTGERS: After suffering its first defeat of the season, a 35-23 loss to Kent State, Rutgers was idle this past week. The Scarlet Knights moved back into the top-25 and now sit at No. 24 after three different teams dropped out of the rankings. Rutgers will get a chance to bounce back next week against Army.
SOUTH FLORIDA: South Florida got into the win column for the first time since the beginning of September by pulling out a 13-6 victory over Connecticut. The Bulls had lost six straight games before the win with the last victory a 32-31 win over Nevada on Sept. 8. The win was also the first in conference play for the Bulls this season (1-4) and puts USF at 3-6 overall. B.J. Daniels was responsible for the bulk of the Bulls' offensive output with 199 yards passing and 23 yards rushing, while scoring the only touchdown of the game on a five- yard run in the first quarter. Daniels was forced to leave the game in the fourth quarter when he was injured on a 15-yard run. Overall the Bulls had only 283 yards of total offense, while surrendering 327 to the Huskies. The Bulls made up for that by forcing three turnovers and allowing the Huskies to have just one possession in the red zone, which UConn turned into a field goal. South Florida steps out of conference play next week to take on in-state foe Miami.
SYRACUSE: After a two-game winning streak, Syracuse ended up on the losing end of a 35-24 decision on the road against Cincinnati. The loss puts Syracuse below .500 (4-5) overall and 3-2 in conference play. Ryan Nassib led the offense to 479 total yards, including 316 in the first half. Nassib became just the third quarterback in school history to total 8,000 career yards passing by throwing for 286 yards and a touchdown on 23-of-47 passing. In the process Nassib also broke the record for passing yards in a season that he set last season with his 2,773 yards this season. Alec Lemon also reached a career milestone with his 101 yards receiving giving him 2,095 yards for his career. He is the sixth player in school history to reach the 2,000-yard plateau. Up next for Syracuse is a showdown with conference-leading Louisville in the Carrier Dome.
TEMPLE: It looked like Temple might be able to keep up with the undefeated Louisville Cardinals on Saturday, but things fell apart after the first quarter and the Owls lost 45-17. Temple was tied 14-14 with the Cardinals at the end of the first quarter but managed only three more points the rest of the game including a scoreless second half. The Owls got off to fast start when Matt Brown returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. It was the second kickoff return for a touchdown in his career. The Owls had nearly 200 yards fewer than the Cardinals (508-309) but only 54 yards passing. Chris Coyer completed only 2-of-8 pass attempts for 30 of those yards while Clinton Granger had three completions for 21 yards when he took over in the fourth quarter. The OWls were able to run the ball effectively with 255 yards. Montel Harris was the lead rusher with 115 yards and a touchdown. Harris has rushed for 100 yards three times this season and 25 times for his career. On defense Temple surrendered 508 yards of total offense including 338 yards and five touchdowns through the air. The Owls will try to put an end to their current three-game losing streak next week in a home bout with Cincinnati.