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Defense leads Bearcats

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Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 04:56 PM

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Zach Collaros threw four touchdown passes, the Cincinnati defense forced two critical turnovers and the No. 5 Bearcats beat Syracuse 28-7 on Saturday.

Collaros hit Armon Binns on scoring passes of 81 and 13 yards, Kazeem Alli for 16 yards off a botched field goal, and Adrien Robinson for 4 yards as Cincinnati (8-0, 4-0 Big East) won its 14th straight regular-season game to remain in contention for the national championship.

Collaros finished 22 of 28 for 295 yards and no turnovers against Syracuse (3-5, 0-3), playing again in place of injured quarterback Tony Pike.

Defensive tackle Derek Wolfe forced and recovered a fumble on a first-and-goal carry from the Cincinnati 7 by Delone Carter late in the third to help seal the win.



EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Tim Brown scored on an 81-yard touchdown pass with 22 seconds left to give Rutgers (6-2, 1-2) an improbable win over Connecticut, handing the Huskies their second straight emotional defeat following the death of cornerback Jasper Howard.

Brown, one of Howard's best friends growing up in Miami, got behind Robert McClain, just after UConn (4-4, 2-2) had scored to take the lead. He finished the game with 162 yards receiving and two TDs.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville (3-5) had to depend on its third quarterback on the depth chart for victory over Arkansas State (2-5).

Redshirt freshman Will Stein completed 20 of 39 passes for 232 yards and one interception for the Cardinals.

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