RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
High Point Solutions Stadium (52,454/FieldTurf)
Saturday, October 6 • Noon • ESPNU
Television - WATCH LIVE
ESPNU — Tom Hart and John Congemi
WTIC-AM 1080 (flagship)
Sirius 85; XM 85
WOR-AM 710 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the 32nd meeting between Connecticut and Rutgers in a series that dates to the 1940 season … Rutgers holds a 21-10 series lead and is 5-3 against the Huskies in BIG EAST games … The Scarlet Knights had won three straight in the series, but Connecticut scored a 40-22 win last year in East Hartford, Conn., to deny Rutgers a share of the BIG EAST title … RB Lyle McCombs and QB Scott McCummings rushed for two touchdowns each for Connecticut last year.
Paul Pasqualoni (Penn State ’72)
8-9, second season at Connecticut
149-85-1, 21st season as collegiate head coach
Connecticut improved to 3-2 with a 24-17 win against Buffalo last Saturday … The Huskies have not had a winning or losing streak this season … The Huskies have scored 24 points in each of their last three games and are averaging 23.2 points per game … The trip to Rutgers will be Connecticut’s third road game in a four-week span … The Huskies lead the BIG EAST and rank sixth nationally in total defense (242.6 yards per game) … Connecticut is sixth nationally in rushing defense (74.2 ypg) and 14th in pass defense (168.4 ypg) … Individually, DE Trevardo Williams is the BIG EAST leader in sacks (6.5, 1.3 per game), while LB Yawin Smallwood leads the league in tackles (53, 10.6 tpg) and tackles for loss (10.0, 2.0 per game) … QB Chandler Whitmer has completed 83 of 134 passes for 1,051 yards and four touchdowns with six interceptions, but has thrown just one pick in his last three games … RB Lyle McCombs is fifth in the BIG EAST in rushing (90.4 ypg) … WR Nick Williams is averaging a BIG EAST-leading 16.9 yards per punt return and is seventh in the BIG EAST in all-purpose yards (112.6 ypg).
22/21 RUTGERS (4-0, 1-0 BIG EAST)
Kyle Flood (Iona ’93)
4-0, first season
Rutgers is 4-0 for the first time since 2006 after a 35-26 win at Arkansas Sept. 22 … Rutgers is the only team in the nation with three road wins as the Scarlet Knights begin a stretch of four games in five weeks at High Point Solutions Stadium … Kyle Flood is the first Scarlet Knight coach since John Bateman (in 1960) to win his first four games as a head coach … The Scarlet Knights lead the nation in rushing defense (62.5 ypg) , less than a year after they finished seventh in the BIG EAST in that category … RB Jawan Jamison has been the key man on offense … Jamison has rushed for at least 100 yards in five straight games, dating to last year, and leads the BIG EAST in rushing at 122.8 yards per game … Jamison is the first Rutgers player since Ray Rice (in 2007) to turn in four straight 100-yard games … QB Gary Nova has completed 59.7 percent of his passes and has nine touchdown passes against two interceptions … WR Brandon Coleman has a team-high five touchdown catches among his 12 total receptions … LB Khaseem Greene — the 2011 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, leads the team with 41 tackles to go with two sacks and four tackles for loss.