Rentschler Field (40,000/Natural Grass)
East Hartford, Conn.
Saturday, December 1 • 3:30 p.m. • ABC
Television - WATCH LIVE
ABC — Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell and Maria Taylor
WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
WTIC-AM 1080 (flagship)
Sirius 92; XM 190
Cincinnati and Connecticut have met on the gridiron each year since 2004 … The Bearcats are 6-2 all-time against the Huskies, though the schools have alternated victories in the last four meetings, with the home team winning those games … Cincinnati’s only win at Rentschler Field was a 26-23 decision in 2006 … The Bearcats took last year’s matchup in Cincinnati 35-27 behind three touchdown passes from QB Munchie Legaux and two touchdown receptions from WR Anthony McClung.
rv/rv CINCINNATI (8-3, 4-2 BIG EAST)
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
22-14 third season at Cincinnati
48-26, sixth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati enters the week with a chance to win a share of its fourth BIG EAST title in five years … The Bearcats would first need to have Louisville beat Rutgers Thursday, then beat Connecticut themselves to forge a four-way tie with Louisville, Rutgers and Syracuse … Cincinnati finished tied for the title with West Virginia and Louisville last year … The Bearcats have averaged 30.7 points per game to rank second in the BIG EAST … RB George Winn is second in the BIG EAST in rushing at 103.5 yards per game … Winn has rushed for 1,134 yards and 11 touchdowns and is averaging 5.5 yards per carry … QB Brendon Kay has started the last three games and has thrown for 721 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions this season … RB Ralph David Abernathy IV is averaging 118.7 all-purpose yards per game, good for third in the conference … TE Travis Kelce has team highs with 35 receptions, 530 receiving yards and five touchdown catches … Kelce is the first Cincinnati tight end to register 500 receiving yards in a season … LB Greg Blair has a team-high 115 tackles and is tied for the BIG EAST lead at 10.5 tackles per game… K Tony Miliano is the second-leading scorer in the BIG EAST with an average of 7.3 points per game.
CONNECTICUT (5-6, 2-4 BIG EAST)
Paul Pasqualoni (Penn State ’72)
10-13, second season at Connecticut
151-89-1, 21st season as collegiate head coach
Connecticut scored its second win against a top-25 program in school history with its 23-20 triple-overtime decision at No. 19/18 Louisville last Saturday … The Huskies need a win against Cincinnati to become bowl eligible … In its last six games, Connecticut has scored just three points in the third and fourth quarters … The Huskies lead the BIG EAST and rank 10th nationally in total defense (305.7 yards per game) … Connecticut is ninth nationally in rushing defense (100.3 ypg) … Individually, DE Trevardo Williams is the BIG EAST leader in sacks (11.5, 1.1 per game), while LB Yawin Smallwood leads the conference in tackles for loss (15.0, 1.4 per game) and third the league in tackles (111, 10.1 tpg) … CB Dwayne Gratz leads the team with three interceptions and 13 passes defended … QB Chandler Whitmer has completed 192 of 330 passes for 2,400 yards and eight touchdowns, but has a league-high 15 interceptions.