Top 10 of 2009: No. 3

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

No. 3

Rutgers 28, Connecticut 24, Oct. 31 at Rentschler Field.

Why this one: This was the wildest finish of the year in the Big East. UConn capped a comeback from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit when Jordan Todman scored on a 2-yard run with 38 seconds to go. But on the very next play from scrimmage, Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage found Tim Brown for an 81-yard touchdown pass and the win.

What it meant: Rutgers got its first significant win of the season and probably its best win of 2009. UConn suffered yet another heartbreaker, this time in its first home game after Jasper Howard was killed.

Player of the game: Brown, a childhood friend of Howard's, had five catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

Play of the game: What else but the game winner? UConn's defensive backs suffered a communication breakdown, and Brown ran all the way to paydirt untouched.

Memorable quote: "I just went out there and played that game for my friend," Brown said of Howard. "He was a special guy to me and I just went out there and dedicated that game to him."


No. 4: West Virginia 28, Connecticut 24

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