Raymond James Stadium (65,857/Natural Grass)
Saturday, November 3 • 7 p.m. • ESPNU
Television - WATCH LIVE
ESPNU — Anish Shroff and Dan Hawkins
WTIC-AM 1080 (flagship)
WFLA-AM 970 (flagship)
Sirius 136; XM 195
Saturday’s game will be the ninth meeting between Connecticut and USF … The Huskies hold a 5-4 series lead after a 28-21 win last year at Rentschler Field … Connecticut has won five straight against USF, including back-to-back victories in 2009 and 2010 on last-minute field goals … USF coach Skip Holtz was Connecticut’s coach from 1994-98 … USF is 3-1 against Connecticut at Raymond James Stadium.
CONNECTICUT (3-5, 0-3 BIG EAST)
Paul Pasqualoni (Penn State ’72)
8-12, second season at Connecticut
149-88-1, 21st season as collegiate head coach
Connecticut fell to 3-5 with a 40-10 loss at Syracuse Oct. 19 … The Huskies, who were idle last week, have dropped three straight … The Huskies lead the BIG EAST and rank 10th nationally in total defense (291.1 yards per game) … Connecticut is 22nd nationally in rushing defense (118.4 ypg) and 13th in pass defense (172.8 ypg) … Individually, DE Trevardo Williams is the BIG EAST leader in sacks (7.5, 0.9 per game), while LB Yawin Smallwood leads the league in tackles (85, 10.6 tpg) and tackles for loss (13.0, 1.6 per game) … LB Sio Moore has registered five sacks, nine tackles for loss and 53 tackles with seven pass breakups … CB Dwayne Gratz leads the team with two interceptions and nine passes defended … QB Chandler Whitmer has completed 142 of 246 passes for 1,831 yards and seven touchdowns, but has a league-high 11 interceptions … QB Scott McCummings sees significnat snaps as well and has rushed for two touchdowns … RB Lyle McCombs is seventh in the BIG EAST in rushing (71.4 ypg) … WR Geremy Davis has 29 receptions for 449 yards and a touchdown, while TE Ryan Griffin has a team-high four touchdown catches … WR Nick Williams is averaging 11.7 yards per punt return and 22.7 yards per kickoff return.
USF (2-6, 0-4 BIG EAST)
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
15-18, third season at USF
87-68, 13th season as collegiate head coach
USF began the season with wins against Chattanooga and Nevada, but looks to snap a losing streak that reached six games with a 37-36 setback against Syracuse last Saturday … USF is ranked No. 117 nationally in turnover margin (-1.50 per game) … USF is the only team in the nation that does not have a defensive interception this season … The Bulls have forced just one turnover of any kind in their last five games … USF has dropped 12 of its last 13 BIG EAST games, with the lone win in that stretch a 37-17 victory at Syracuse Nov. 11, 2011 … QB B.J. Daniels ranks second in the BIG EAST in total offense, averaging 285.9 yards per game … Daniels surpassed 10,000 career yards of total offense against Syracuse last week, joining former teammate Matt Grothe and former West Virginia signal-caller Pat White as the only 10,000-yard men in BIG EAST history … WR Andre Davis is fifth in the BIG EAST in receptions (4.4 per game) … The Bulls have three players among the top 13 in the BIG EAST in tackles … lB Sam Barrington has a team-high 57 stops.