The Bearcats improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1954 with a 40-14 drubbing of Marshall. The defense continued to stand out this week. The Bearcats' first two touchdowns came off turnovers. Cincy has already forced 19 turnovers. The capacity crowd of 35,097 was the largest at Nippert Stadium, which was expanded in 1992. Next: Saturday, at San Diego State.
The Huskies improved to 4-0 with an easy 34-14 victory at Pitt. UConn led 27-7 at halftime after scoring 17 points in less than six minutes at the end of the half. The Huskies forced five turnovers.
Next: Saturday, vs. Akron.
The Cardinals' 20-game home winning streak came to an end in shocking fashion in a 38-35 loss to Syracuse. The Orange had scored a combined 32 points in their first three games. Cardinals QB Brian Brohm was 45 of 65 for a career-high 555 yards and four TDs, but the Cardinals' defense allowed Syracuse to roll up 465 yards of offense. Louisville also committed 12 penalties for 105 yards. All in all, the performance led to a lot of boos from the home crowd.
Next: Saturday, at N.C. State.
The Panthers lost their second in a row, falling 34-14 at home to Connecticut. Pitt committed five turnovers, including three interceptions by QB Pat Bostick. The true freshman came on after starter Kevan Smith was benched for ineffectiveness. Pitt missed on its first seven third-down conversions, running a three-game streak to 0-for-22 in that category, before converting in the third quarter.
Next: Saturday, at Virginia.
The Scarlet Knights were off last week.
Next: Saturday, vs. Maryland.
A game against Louisville's sieve-like defense was the tonic for the previously punchless Orange. Sophomore QB Andrew Robinson threw for a career-high 423 yards and four TDs in a 38-35 shocker at Louisville. Taj Smith caught four passes for 173 yards and two scores. Syracuse scored on its first play. The Orange's 38 points were more than they had scored in the first three games of the season combined (32).
Next: Saturday, at Miami (OH).
The Bulls dominated North Carolina 37-10, setting up a big game Friday night in Tampa against West Virginia. USF scored on its first two drives against the Tar Heels and cruised from there. The Bulls had four interceptions. USF QB Matt Grothe threw for 230 yards and a TD before sitting down in the fourth quarter. Next: Friday, vs. West Virginia.
The Mountaineers (4-0) rolled up 599 total yards in clubbing East Carolina 48-7. WVU QB Pat White threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, and TB Steve Slaton rushed for 110 yards and a TD. Slaton has 42 career rushing TDs, tying a school record. WVU finished with 397 rushing yards.
Next: Friday, at USF.