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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Recapping the American Athletic Conference: Week 1

Teddy Bridgewater and Louisville put the conference on notice with a dominant win Sunday against Ohio. (AP Photo)

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

In case you missed it, a recap of what happened around the American this weekend:

Sunday, Sept. 1
Louisville 49, Ohio 7

Teddy Bridgewater looked every bit the early Heisman candidate in a thrashing of MAC opponent Ohio, completing 82 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and one interception.

Michael Dyer made his FBS return after a well-publicized past, rushing for a 46-yard touchdown. He managed two yards on his other three carries.

Ohio Tyler Tettleton, whom Rutgers faced in 2011, struggled with cramping and went 11-for-23 through the air.

Saturday, Aug. 31
Connor Reilly totaled 293 all-purpose yards
at Notre Dame. (AP Photo)
No. 14 Notre Dame 28, Temple 6

Head coach Matt Rhule's first game couldn't have come with as much adversity: Playing at Notre Dame Stadium, his kicker misses a pair of field goals and an extra point.

In one game, Temple accounted for nearly 21 percent of its pass attempts from 2012 with 46. Its rushing attack averaged 4.6 yards per carry and surpassed the century mark.

RELATED: Commissioner Mike Aresco says American is among elite conferences

Cincinnati 42, Purdue 7

The American scored its biggest victory in its short-lived history as Cincinnati dismantled Purdue in the debut of Boilermakers head coach Darrell Hazell, a Cinnaminson native.

Tommy Tuberville rotated quarterbacks, but neither impressed through the air. Munchie Legaux, the team's 2011 starter, ran six times for 55 yards and a score.

MORE: Rutgers Game 1 analysis, Part 1 — Part 2  Part 3

McNeese State 53, South Florida 21

Not much to say about this one. The Bulls lost the conference's second game to an FCS school in three days, paying six figures in the process.

Cincinnati (1-0, 0-0 AAC)
Houston (1-0, 0-0 AAC)
Louisville (1-0, 0-0 AAC)
UCF (1-0, 0-0 AAC)
Memphis (0-0, 0-0 AAC)
Rutgers (0-1, 0-0 AAC)
SMU (0-1, 0-0 AAC)
Temple (0-1, 0-0 AAC)
Connecticut (0-1, 0-0 AAC)

South Florida (0-1, 0-0 AAC)

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