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Wrapping up the day in the Big East

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Pretty interesting day in the Big East, even if there was only one close game. Let's take a quick review of the storylines:

  • West Virginia escapes emotional game: You'd have to have a hard heart not to feel bad for Connecticut, which nearly pulled off the upset at West Virginia while playing inspired football in honor of Jasper Howard. But, hey, the game was important for the Mountaineers, too, and they were in a tough spot in such an emotionally-charged atmosphere. Noel Devine's 56-yard touchdown run with 2:10 left was one of the biggest plays of the day in college football and saved West Virginia's Big East title hopes.

  • Pitt flexes its muscles: You can read all about Pitt's performance in a 41-14 win over South Florida here. Suffice it to say it was an all-around thrashing as Dave Wannstedt's team fulfilled its potential. Meanwhile, what in the world has happened to the Bulls' defense? It's allowed 75 points in the last two games. Unbelievable.

  • Cincinnati keeps on trucking: It's hard not to be in awe of how the Bearcats just continue to win big no matter the circumstances. Saturday, they played without Tony Pike and still hammered Louisville 41-10. This is a team deserving of a Top 5 ranking right now. The Cardinals are in a world of hurt.

  • Syracuse matches '08 win total: It was only Akron, which is now 1-6, but the Orange couldn't beat the Zips last year. A career game by Delone Carter made up for the loss of the suspended Mike Williams.

What else stood out to you today in the Big East?