BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Teddy Bridgewater • So. • QB • Louisville • Miami, Fla.
Bridgewater threw for a career-high 416 yards with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help Louisville remain unbeaten in a 34-31 overtime win against Cincinnati. With Louisville trailing 24-14 in the fourth quarter, Bridgewater threw touchdown passes of 30 and 64 yards to engineer the comeback. He completed passes to seven different receivers to help Louisville to its first 8-0 overall start since 2006. Bridgewater has completed 70.7 percent of his passes this season (162 of 229) and has thrown 13 touchdown passes with just four interceptions.
BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Preston Brown • Jr. • LB • Louisville • Cincinnati, Ohio
Brown registered a game-high 13 tackles and had an interception to help Louisville to a 34-31 overtime win against Cincinnati. He led a defense that limited Cincinnati — which had gained at least 425 yards in each of its first six games — to a season-low 353 yards with three turnovers. Brown ranks 10th in the BIG EAST in tackles this season, with an average of 7.2 stops per game.
BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Maikon Bonani • Sr. • K • USF • Lake Wales, Fla.
Bonani scored a school-record 18 points — the most by a BIG EAST kicker in a game this season — in USF’s 37-36 loss to Syracuse. He was 5-for-5 on field goal attempts, connecting from 35, 32, 46, 41 and 47 yards, and was 3-for-3 on PATs. His 41-yard field goal allowed USF to take a 26-24 lead into the fourth quarter and his 47-yard kick gave the Bulls a 36-31 lead with 1:23 remaining. Bonani has scored 296 career points, the most of any active BIG EAST player.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Ralph David Abernathy IV • So. • RB • Cincinnati • Atlanta, Ga.
Had 204 all-purpose yards and scored two rushing touchdowns in a 34-31 overtime loss to Louisville.