RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
Rutgers Stadium (52,454/Field Turf)
ESPN — Brad Nessler and Rod Gilmore
WTIC-AM 1080 (flagship)
WOR-AM 790, WCTC-AM 1450, WPEN-FM 97.5 (flagships)
Sirius 122; XM 141
Friday’s game will be the 30th meeting between Connecticut and Rutgers in a series that dates to 1940 … Rutgers holds a 20-9 series lead and has won four of the six BIG EAST meetings … Last year’s game saw Rutgers take a 28-24 win in East Hartford, Conn., on an 81-yard touchdown reception by WR Tim Brown with 16 seconds left in the fourth quarter … Brown’s TD came just 16 seconds after Connecticut had taken a 24-21 lead on a touchdown run by RB Jordan Todman.
|This Weekend's Games
UConn @ Rutgers (7:30pm, ESPN) - PREVIEW
Syracuse @ USF (Noon, BIG EAST Network) - PREVIEW
Memphis @ Louisville (2pm, ESPN3.com) - PREVIEW
Pittsburgh @ Notre Dame (3:30pm, NBC) - PREVIEW
UNLV @ WVU(3:30pm, BIG EAST Network) - PREVIEW
Miami (OH) @ Cincinnati (7pm, ESPN3.com) - PREVIEW
Randy Edsall (Syracuse ’80)
69-67, 12th season
Connecticut has strung together back-to-back wins after the Huskies pulled away from a 21-21 halftime tie to beat Vanderbilt 40-21 … The Huskies scored the last 26 points against the Commodores just one week after they scored the last 21 points against Buffalo … Connecticut scored 40, 45 and 62 points in its three wins and 10 and 16 points in the two losses … The Huskies lead the BIG EAST in scoring offense (34.6 ppg) and rushing offense (209.4 ypg) … Connecticut has outscored its last two opponents in the second half by a 50-7 margin … RB Jordan Todman is averaging 159.5 yards per game, good for second in the BIG EAST and fourth nationally … Todman has rushed for 638 yards and seven touchdowns on 98 carries … QB Cody Endres made his first start of the season against Vanderbilt … Endres has seen action in two games and has completed 28 of 41 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns with one interception … WR Michael Smith has 20 catches for 373 yards and two touchdowns … LB Lawrence Wilson leads the team with 48 tackles … DE Jesse Joseph has 4.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss.
Greg Schiano (Bucknell ’88)
57-57, 10th season
Rutgers began the season with wins against Norfolk State and Florida International, but the Scarlet Knights have dropped their last two, falling to North Carolina and Tulane … Rutgers is ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense (12.0 ppg) and seventh nationally in rushing defense (80.0 ypg), leading the BIG EAST in both categories … Rutgers has allowed just three points in the fourth quarter … WR Mohamed Sanu leads the Scarlet Knights in both receiving yards (58.5 ypg) and rushing yards (56.2 ypg) … Sanu has rushed for 225 yards and three touchdowns and has 21 receptions for 234 yards and two TDs … QB Tom Savage has completed 51.5 percent of his passes (35 of 68) for 399 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions … Savage did not finish last week’s game against Tulane after suffering an injury in the second quarter … QB Chas Dodd, who finished the game against Tulane, has gone 14-for-32 for 182 yards and one touchdown and one interception … The defense is led by LB Antonio Lowery, who has a team-high 22 tackles with two fumble recoveries … S Joe Lefeged has 28 stops to go with three pass breakups, an interception, two forced fumbles and two blocked punts.