CONNECTICUT HUSKIES at WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
Milan Puskar Stadium (60,000/FieldTurf)
Saturday, October 8 • Noon • BIG EAST Network
BIG EAST Network Game of the Week
Mike Gleason, John Congemi and Eamon McAnaney
Connecticut Radio West Virginia Radio
WTIC-AM 1080 (flagship WAJR-AM 1440 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the eighth meeting between Connecticut and West Virginia in a series that began in 2004 … The Mountaineers won the first six meetings before the Huskies claimed their first win in the series last year — a 16-13 decision in overtime at Rentschler Field … West Virginia is 3-0 against Connecticut in Morgantown … The schools have tied for the BIG EAST title twice in the last five years (2007, 2010).
Paul Pasqualoni (Penn State ’72)
2-3, first season at Connecticut
143-79-1, 20th season as collegiate head coach
Connecticut fell to 2-3 after a 38-31 setback to Western Michigan at Rentschler Field … The Huskies are 1-1 on the road this season, falling 24-21 at Vanderbilt and scoring a 17-3 win at Buffalo … The Huskies enjoyed their best offensive performance of the season against Western Michigan last weekend, finishing with a season-high 451 yards, but allowed a season-high 490 yards to the Broncos … Connecticut has forced at least one turnover in all five games this season and has at least two takeaways in three of the five games … The Huskies have played three quarterbacks this year, though QB Johnny McEntee has settled in as the primary option … McEntee had career highs with 300 passing yards and four touchdown passes against Western Michigan … RB Lyle McCombs is ranked second in the BIG EAST in rushing at 100.4 yards per game … WR Kashif Moore has 16 catches for 220 yards and three touchdowns … LB Jory Johnson leads the BIG EAST in tackles (8.8 per game) … DT Kendall Reyes is tied for the BIG EAST lead with four sacks and is the conference leader with 9.5 tackles for loss.
16/19 WEST VIRGINIA (4-1)
Dana Holgorsen (Iowa Wesleyan ’93)
4-1, first season
West Virginia bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 55-10 win against Bowling Green … The Mountaineers reeled off a season-high 643 yards of offense against Bowling Green and rank 14th nationally in total offense (496.0 yards per game) … West Virginia entered last week’s game with 306 rushing yards on the season and rushed for 360 yards against Bowling Green … RB Dustin Garrison ran for 291 yards and two touchdowns against the Falcons moving him to sixth in the BIG EAST this season at 71.2 yards per game … QB Geno Smith, meanwhile, ranks fifth nationally in passing (341.8 yards per game) and seventh in total offense (368.3 ypg), leading the BIG EAST in both categories … Smith has completed 138 of 213 passes for 1,709 yards and 12 touchdowns with three interceptions … The primary beneficiary has been WR Tavon Austin, who is second in the BIG EAST in both receptions (7.0 rpg) and receiving yards (98.0 ypg) … The defense is led by LB Najee Goode and LB Pat Miller, who have 36 tackles each … CB Keith Tandy and S Terence Garvin both have two interceptions, while three players have one sack each … DE Bruce Irvin leads the team with 5.5 tackles for loss.