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Cincinnati rallies past Pitt


Zach Collaros threw for 214 yards and ran for two touchdowns as No. 23 Cincinnati took firm control of the Big East race with a 26-23 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

Isaiah Pead rushed for 118 yards and Tony Miliano kicked four field goals for the Bearcats (7-1, 3-0), who won their sixth straight and took a significant step toward winning the program's third conference title in four years.

Pitt (4-5, 2-2) led by 10 early in the third quarter but a pair of turnovers deep in its territory allowed Cincinnati to get back in the game.

Tino Sunseri ran for a touchdown and passed for another but Kevin Harper's 50-yard field goal attempt with 14 seconds left was wide right.

The Bearcats appeared to be in serious trouble after the Panthers took a 23-13 lead early in the third quarter on Sunseri's 4-yard toss to tight end Hubie Graham.

Yet Cincinnati rallied by doing what it has done all season: Forcing opponents into careless turnovers and turning them into points.



Teddy Bridgestone threw for one touchdown, Andrew Johnson returned a blocked field goal for another score and Louisville beat No. 24 West Virginia.

Not expected to be a factor in the Big East this season, the Cardinals (5-4, 3-1) won their third straight in a tight race and dealt a big blow to West Virginia's title chances.

Louisville also got a payback of sorts after being overlooked in the recent Big 12 expansion sweepstakes, a bid that went to the Mountaineers.

Three different backs scored rushing touchdowns for Louisville, which broke a four-game losing streak in the series.

Geno Smith threw for 410 yards and three scores but couldn't bring the Mountaineers (6-3, 2-2) back from 10 points down in the fourth quarter.



Quarterback Scott McCummings ran for two touchdowns and Lyle McCombs ran for 152 yards and a score to lead Connecticut past Syracuse, keeping alive the Huskies' hopes for a winning season.

After being used as a change-of-pace option for much of the game, McCummings took over the offense for UConn (4-5, 2-2) in the fourth quarter, and led them on an eight-play, 62-yard drive, running the ball in from 7 yards for the winning score with just under 5 minutes to play.

Ryan Nassib threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns for Syracuse (5-4, 1-3), which failed for the second straight week to become bowl eligible.

It was the fifth straight win for UConn against Syracuse.

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