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Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati Bearcats wear down Louisville Cardinals to open Big East play

Cincinnati’s Isaiah Pead runs for a 50-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Bearcats a 22-16 lead.

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Cincinnati’s Isaiah Pead runs for a 50-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Bearcats a 22-16 lead.

CINCINNATI — Isaiah Pead made two quick cuts, and it was over.

Pead made two moves to his left, then found himself in the clear for a 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter Saturday to rally Cincinnati past Louisville 25-16 in the Big East opener for both.

"Isaiah's a great player," Bearcats coach Butch Jones said. "They did a great job containing him, but you can only contain him for so long. He has the ability to make guys miss. And then he has great burst when they miss."

The Bearcats overcame four fumbles, all of which they recovered, and a costly interception by Zach Collaros.

Mike Evans returned the interception 63 yards for a touchdown to give Louisville a 16-7 lead with 6 seconds left in the half. That was the last Cardinals score. Louisville has been outscored 52-7 in the second half of its past three games, blowing leads in two.

"I think we come in at halftime and we lose our juice," defensive end Greg Scruggs said.

Collaros ran for a 1-yard touchdown on fourth and goal, Then Pead scored for the sixth straight game to give Cincinnati the lead.

Chris Philpott, just 2-of-5 on field goals this season coming in, hit from 42, 51 and 18 yards on a blustery afternoon, putting the Cardinals up 9-7.

UTAH 26, PITTSBURGH 14: Utah's defense turned Pittsburgh's "high octane" offense into a clunker.

The visiting Utes bottled up Panther star running back Ray Graham, forced three turnovers and rolled up six sacks. Defensive end Derrick Shelby returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown with 1:12 to go to seal it.

Pitt managed 120 yards of offense as Graham was held to a season-low 46. Quarterbacks Tino Sunseri and Trey Anderson combined for 50 passing yards.

"It was embarrassing," Pitt coach Todd Graham said. "We didn't execute anything in the passing game at all."

The "high octane" attack the coach promised when he took over in January has produced one offensive TD in two weeks.

RUTGERS 21, NAVY 20: Brandon Jones blocked a 34-yard field goal by Jon Teague with 4:43 left as the host Scarlet Knights won their fourth straight.

Freshman Gary Nova threw two touchdowns and Jawan Jamison rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown as Rutgers continued its best start since 2006. Nova threw a 10-yard touchdown to Quron Pratt late in the third quarter and a go-ahead 20-yarder to Tim Wright early in the fourth as the Scarlet Knights erased a 17-7 halftime deficit.

Navy got the ball back at its 23-yard line with 24 seconds to play after Rutgers botched a field goal try, but the Midshipmen never threatened.

Cincinnati 25

Louisville 16

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