Here are the Big East players of the week, as selected by the conference:
Offense: Ray Graham, RB, Pittsburgh.Graham rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries and finished with 309 all-purpose yards, leading Pittsburgh to a 44-17 win against No. 16 USF. Graham, the nation’s third-leading rusher this season (146.8 ypg), was also chosen as the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week.
Defense: Steve Beauharnais, LB, Rutgers. Beauharnais had nine tackles, two sacks and an interception, leading Rutgers to a 19-16 double overtime win at Syracuse. Beauharnais’ interception came on Syracuse’s last drive of the fourth quarter, and his 44-yard return allowed the Scarlet Knights a chance at the potential game-winning field goal at the end of regulation.
Special teams: Jamal Merrell, LB, Rutgers. Merrell blocked two kicks -- a field goal attempt and a PAT try -- potentially taking four points off the board in a game that went to double overtime. Merrell also started at linebacker and contributed four tackles and a forced fumble as part of a defense that produced five takeaways.
Weekly honor roll
JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati. Had seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a half-sack in a 27-0 win at Miami (Ohio). Led a defense that held the RedHawks to minus-3 rushing yards.
Johnny McEntee, QB, UConn. Went 22-of-39 for career highs of 300 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-31 loss to Western Michigan.
Jarred Holley, S, Pittsburgh. Had 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble in a 44-17 win against No. 16 USF.
Dustin Garrison, RB, West Virginia. Rushed for 291 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in a 55-10 win against Bowling Green.
Julian Miller, DT, West Virginia. Had seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble in a 55-10 win against Bowling Green.