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Big East a big beast offensively after openers

One week into the new season, the Big East is running and gunning.

The conference stands at 5-2 and is averaging 32 points a game, the Governor's Cup is safely ensconced at Louisville, Temple has the Mayor's Cup in Philadelphia, and Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni's Huskies haven't been scored upon. And those two losses were suffered by teams — Syracuse and Pittsburgh — that are leaving after this year.

Not bad for a conference given up for dead more than once in the tumultuous recent past.

Sure, this is nonconference play, but the numbers weren't too shabby by any measure: the teams were 138 of 213 passing (64.8 percent) with five interceptions and averaged 399 yards offensively. Temple's conservative aerial attack (5 of 11 for 61 yards) was complemented by a rushing attack that amassed 301 yards and didn't drag down the overall average too much with Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib going 45 of 66 for 482 passing yards and accounting for 512 yards offensively — all school records — in a 42-41 home loss to Big Ten foe Northwestern.