Vanderbilt Stadium (39,790/AstroTurf)
— Matt Stewart, Chris Doering and Suzette Taylor
WTIC-AM 1080 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the third meeting between Connecticut and Vanderbilt in a series that began in 2002 … The home team has won each of the first two matchups, including Connecticut’s 40-21 win last year at Rentschler Field … RB Jordan Todman rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns for in last year’s win as Connecticut scored the last 26 points of the game … Vanderbilt is 10-8-1 all-time against current BIG EAST schools.
Paul Pasqualoni (Penn State ’72)
1-0, first season at Connecticut
142-76-1, 20th season as collegiate head coach
It’s rare that a coach’s first win turns into a career milestone, but that’s what happened with Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni in the Huskies’ 35-3 decision against Fordham … It was Pasqualoni’s first win as the Huskies’ head coach, but it was his 108th victory as a BIG EAST coach (with 107 coming in 14 years at Syracuse), tying Frank Beamer for the most all-time … Connectict had a relatively easy time against Fordham as the Huskies had a 434-169 advantage in total offense and a 21-8 cushion in first downs … Freshman RB Lyle McCombs enjoyed his collegiate debut with 141 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries … The Huskies used three quarterbacks regularly against Fordham, with QB Johnny McEntee getting the start … McEntee completed 8 of 12 passes for 113 yards … TE Ryan Griffin was the top receiver with three receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown … Griffin’s 97 yards were the most by a BIG EAST player in Week 1 … DE Ted Jennings had 2.5 tackles for loss and eight total stops to lead a veteran defense … K Dave Teggart has 260 career points, the most among active BIG EAST players.
James Franklin (East Stroudsburg ’95)
1-0, first season
Vanderbilt opened its season with a 45-14 win against Elon … The Commodores snapped a seven-game losing streak with the victory … Vanderbilt was 2-10 last season, with the wins coming against Mississippi and Eastern Michigan … Vanderbilt has not won back-to-back games since defeating Mississippi and Auburn in succession in 2008 … Head coach James Franklin had been the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator at Maryland since 2008 before taking over in Nashville … Vanderbilt held a 21-14 lead against Elon in the third quarter before scoring the last 24 points … The Commodores had fewer yards (323-309) and first downs (17-16) than Elon, but took advantage of three turnovers … QB Larry Smith completed 13 of 27 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown … WR Jordan Matthews had three catches for 58 yards, while RB Zac Stacy led the team with 35 rushing yards on eight carries … TE Brandon Barden was an All-SEC Second Team pick last year … LB Chris Marve, who had 80 tackles last season, had a team-high 12 stops against Elon.