Top 10 of 2009: No. 4

Continuing the countdown of the best Big East games of 2009:

No. 4

West Virginia 28, Connecticut 24, Oct. 24 in Morgantown

Why this one: This game had as much to do with what happened away from the playing field as anything else. This was UConn's first game after the Jasper Howard murder, and it had to go on the road to what is usually a hostile environment. On this day, however, everyone was a Huskie. West Virginia fans embraced UConn with open arms and many heartfelt gestures of support. The Huskies entered the field carrying Howard's No. 6 jersey. It turned out to be a heck of a game, too. Marcus Easley caught an 88-yard pass as UConn took the lead with 3:50 left. But just 1:40 later, Noel Devine burst free for a 56-yard run to help the Mountaineers win.

What it meant: The game meant a lot for the Big East standings, but more than that it showed courage of spirit by UConn and empathy from West Virginia and the entire league.

Player of the game: Devine rushed 23 times for 178 yards and that touchdown.

Play of the game: Devine's touchdown. He had 171 yards in the second half.

Memorable quote: "I just feel empty," UConn coach Randy Edsall said. "The kids played their hearts out and did what we asked them to do. This is a special group of kids. We've got to take this and just learn how to play like this all the time."


No. 5: Cincinnati 47, Connecticut 45

No. 6: Pitt 24, Connecticut 21

No. 7: Cincinnati 24, West Virginia 21

No. 8: West Virginia 19, Pitt 16

No. 9: South Florida 17, Florida State 7

No. 10: Syracuse 37, Northwestern 34