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Big East Football, Week 2: Saturday Round Up

After putting together an unblemished 8-0 record in Week 1 of the college football season, the Big East Conference football programs struggled in Week 2 going 4-4. Three of those losses came against BCS-conference opponents -- two losses to the Southeastern Conference , while the other was to the Atlantic Coast Conference. 

Here's your Sunday morning Big East football round up for Week 2:

Pittsburgh 35, Maine 29: Junior running back Ray Graham rushed for 121 yards and three scores to help the Panthers (2-0) edge the visiting Black Bears (1-1). Pittsburgh led 35-15 with 8:39 to go, but Maine rallied with two late fourth-quarter TDs, the last coming with just two seconds to play, to make it a contest.

West Virginia 55, Norfolk State 12: Senior quarterback Geno Smith tossed for 371 yards and four TDs to lead the Mountaineers (2-0) past the Spartans (1-1). Norfolk State, a Football Championship Subdivision program, actually led 12-10 at halftime, but WVU scored on its first seven possessions of the second half to pull away.

Tennessee 45, Cincinnati 23: Sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray tossed for a collegiate-best 405 yards with four TDs, he also ran for another, to help the Volunteers (2-0) beat the visiting Bearcats (1-1). The game was tied 14-14 after the first quarter, but Cincinnati's defense couldn't stop Tennessee's offense, which totaled 566 yards on the day.

South Florida 37, Ball State 7: The Bulls (2-0) scored just eight seconds into the game -- Ball State's Phil Dudley was stripped on the opening kick off and USF's Mark Joyce picked up the ball and ran it into the end zone -- en route to a 30-point romping of the Cardinals (1-1). USF's junior quarterback B.J. Daniels  tossed for 359 yards and a TD.

Vanderbilt 24, Connecticut 21: The Huskies (1-1) held a 21-14 fourth-quarter lead, but the Commodores intercepted a Johnny McEntee pass and returned it for a TD with 6:45 remaining. Then, used a Casey Spear 31-yard field goal with 2:56 to go to claim its second victory of the season.

Florida International 24, Louisville 17: On Friday, Golden Panthers' senior wide receiver T.Y. Hamilton totaled 201 receiving yards on seven catches, including a 74- and 83-yard TD receptions, to help beat the host Cardinals (1-1). FIU is 2-0 overall.

Syracuse 21, Rhode Island 14

North Carolina 24, Rutgers 22

Big East Overall Record: 12-4.