Big East: Did you know?

Time for a little Big East did you know. Thanks to the school and league sports information departments, and ESPN Stats & Information for some of the nuggets below.

  • West Virginia has had 16 all-time games in which a player totaled at least 350 yards of total offense. Three have been by Geno Smith this season.

  • The Mountaineers truly run a spread offense. Twelve different receivers have at least one catch, and seven of those receivers have scored a touchdown.

  • UConn is 0-3 at Morgantown and has been outscored 139-58.

  • Louisville leads the nation in tackles for loss, averaging nine tackles for loss per game. The defense has not allowed a 300-yard passer for 18 straight games.

  • The Cardinals have played 23 players who have made their first collegiate appearances through the first four games.

  • All four of Louisville’s opponents this season have averaged fewer than 3.0 yards a carry.

  • Rutgers has allowed just nine points after the start of the fourth quarter.

  • The undefeated 1961 Rutgers team will be honored at halftime, and the majority of the team is scheduled to attend. The team finished the season ranked No. 15 in the AP top 20. Sam Mudie led the team, rushing for 403 yards and throwing for 300, including a team-best 10 touchdowns. He was 10th nationally in scoring and fourth in the country with six interceptions on defense.

  • Rutgers has gone undefeated in the month of October under Greg Schiano just once -- in 2006 (3-0).

  • USF true freshman defensive tackle Elkino Watson ranks No. 4 in the Big East in tackles for loss (6.5) -- that ties him for No. 44 nationally.

  • Ray Graham’s 734 rushing yards are the most by a Pitt player after five games in school history, surpassing the legendary Tony Dorsett’s 717 yards in 1973. Dorsett had 665 rushing yards after five games in 1976, the year he won the Heisman Trophy and led Pitt to the national title with a 12-0 record.

  • Syracuse has had some memorable games in the Superdome, where it plays Tulane on Saturday. In football, the Orange are 3-0-1 all-time in the Superdome. It’s that one tie, though, Syracuse fans will never forget. In the 1988 Sugar Bowl, unbeaten and untied Syracuse played Auburn with a shot at a possible national championship. The Orange led 16-13 with 2:04 to play before the Tigers drove to the Syracuse 13-yard line. Instead of going for the win, Auburn coach Pat Dye decided to kick a 30-yard field goal with 1 second left, and the game ended in a 16-16 tie. The Orange ended the 1987 season with an 11-0-1 record and ended up No. 4 in the final AP poll. The basketball team has played in two Final Fours in the Superdome, and won the national championship there in 2003.

  • Syracuse coach Doug Marrone also has ties to New Orleans. He was offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2006-08 and coached running back Deuce McAllister -- the TV analyst for the game.

  • Cincinnati ranks No. 1 in the Big East in scoring offense (45 ppg) and No. 2 in scoring defense (16.6 ppg).