South Florida's loss opens up Big East title race

Updated: October 31, 2007, 3:27 PM ET
By Joe Starkey | Special to
They're running on the Bulls.

Rutgers and Connecticut sure did, anyway, combining for 329 yards rushing in victories that have sent South Florida (6-2 overall, 1-2 Big East) plummeting from No. 2 in the BCS standings all the way to No. 18 going into Saturday's must-win game against visiting Cincinnati (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET).

"We've got to play better defense, certainly," coach Jim Leavitt said.