Rentschler Field (40,000/Natural Grass)
East Hartford, Conn.
BIG EAST Network — Bob Picozzi and Jay Taylor
WTIC-AM 1080 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between Connecticut and Texas Southern … It is the second consecutive week in which Connecticut, which visited Michigan last Saturday, faces a first-time opponent … Since joining the Bowl Subdivision, Connecticut has gone 7-1 against Championship Subdivision schools … Texas Southern last faced a BIG EAST team in 2009, when Rutgers was a 42-0 winner.
Randy Edsall (Syracuse ’80)
66-66, 12th season
Connecticut played its 2010 opener in front of the largest crowd in college football history, but the Huskies came up short in a 30-10 loss at Michigan in front of 113,090 in Ann Arbor, Mich. … The 20-point loss was the largest margin of defeat for Connecticut since a 34-10 setback to Pittsburgh Dec. 6, 2008 … Connecticut’s five losses in 2009 were by a combined 15 points … Connecticut had threatened to close within a touchdown late in the third quarter, but an untimely fumble gave the Wolverines the ball and Michigan instead went ahead by 20 points after the ensuing possession … RB Jordan Todman rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries for his sixth career 100-yard game … QB Zach Frazer completed 18 of 37 passes for 205 yards … Connecticut’s defense allowed 473 yards against Michigan, including 287 rushing yards … The Huskies did not gain a turnover, despite forcing three fumbles against the Wolverines … LB Lawrence Wilson, who led the BIG EAST in tackles last season, had a game-high 12 stops against Michigan, while LB Greg Lloyd had 11 stops, including two tackles for losses … Connecticut had just three second-half possessions against Michigan as the Huskies had the ball for just 9:09 of the second half … Connecticut was 3-for-6 on fourth-down conversions.
TEXAS SOUTHERN (0-1)
Johnnie Cole (Texas Southern ’86)
10-14, third season at Texas Southern
25-30, sixth season as collegiate head coach
Texas Southern opened the 2010 season with a 16-14 loss to Prairie View A&M in the State Farm Labor Day Classic at Reliant Stadium in Houston … A crowd of 22,062 was on hand for the Southwestern Athletic Conference opener for both teams … Texas Southern forced 12 punts against Prairie View and had the advantage in first downs (20-12), rushing (167-22), passing (206-126) and total offense (373-148), but was undone by four interceptions … QB Arvell Nelson completed 21 of 40 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown … RB Marcus Wright had 92 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries … WR William Osborne had seven receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown … Texas Southern led the SWAC in passing last season at 249 yards per game … Just three years removed from an 0-11 season, Texas Southern was 6-5 last season and finished second in the SWAC West Division … The Tigers won five of their last six in 2009 … LB Jashaad Gaines had seven tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery against Prairie View.