Iowa State Cyclones
Rentschler Field (40,000/Natural Grass)
East Hartford, Conn.
— Mike Gleason and John Congemi
WTIC-AM 1080 (flagship)
Friday’s game will be the second meeting between Connecticut and Iowa State … The only previous matchup was Nov. 23, 2002, in a battle of future NFL quarterbacks … Connecticut QB Dan Orlovsky threw three touchdown passes to lead the Huskies to a 37-20 win in Ames, Iowa … Iowa State’s signal-caller in that game was Seneca Wallace, who threw for 216 yards and was intercepted four times … At the time, the win was considered the greatest in Connecticut’s history — it was the Huskies’ first against a team that would eventually play in a bowl game.
Paul Pasqualoni (Penn State ’72)
1-1, first season at Connecticut
142-77-1, 20th season as collegiate head coach
Connecticut saw its six-game regular-season winning streak snapped with a 24-21 setback at Vanderbilt, leveling the Huskies’ record at 1-1 … The Huskies have averaged 147.5 rushing yards through two games, but have struggled in the passing game, with an average of 166.0 yards in the air … Three Connecticut quarterbacks have combined to complete just 46 percent of their passes with one touchdown and four interceptions … RB Lyle McCombs has been a bright spot on offense with an average of 129.5 rushing yards per game and four touchdowns … QB Johnny McEntee has started both games in 2011 and has completed 18 of 39 passes for 212 yards and three interceptions … The top receiver is TE Ryan Griffin, who has seven catches for 144 yards and a touchdown … The Huskies have been stout defensively, holding their first two opponents to an average of 214.0 yards … Connecticut has allowed just two offensive touchdowns … LB Jory Johnson has a team-high 19 tackles to go with an interception … LB Sio Moore leads the BIG EAST with 3.5 sacks, while DE Teddy Jennings has a league-leading five tackles for loss … K David Teggart is 2-for-2 on field goal attempts.
-/rv IOWA STATE (2-0)
Paul Rhoads (Missouri Western ’89)
14-13, third season
Iowa State enters Friday’s game on the heels of what might have been the most exciting game of the young season — a 44-41 win against Iowa in triple-overtime in Ames, Iowa … The Cyclones are 2-0 for the first time since 2008 and look for their first 3-0 start since 2005 … Iowa State has rallied in the fourth quarter to win in each of its first two games this year … The Cyclones came from behind three different times against Iowa in the fourth quarter and overtime periods against Iowa … The Cyclones opened the season with a 20-19 win against Northern Iowa … QB Steele Jantz keyed the win against Iowa with four touchdown passes … Jantz has thrown for 466 yards and five TDs on 43-of-77 passing this year … Head coach Paul Rhoads is no stranger to the BIG EAST, having served as defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh from 2000-07 … Defensive coordinator Wally Burnham held a similar position at USF from 2002-08.