RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS at CONNECTICUT HUSKIES
Rentschler Field (40,000/Natural Grass)
East Hartford, Conn.
Saturday, November 26 • Noon • ESPN2
ESPN2 — Beth Mowins and Mike Bellotti
Connecticut Radio Connecticut Radio
WTIC-AM 1080 (flagship) WTIC-AM 1080 (flagship)
The Connecticut-Rutgers series dates to the 1940 season with Saturday’s game the 31st meeting between the schools … Rutgers holds a 21-9 series lead and is 5-2 against the Huskies in BIG EAST games … Rutgers has won three straight and five of the last six in the series … Rutgers has come from behind in the fourth quarter to win the last two meetings, including last year’s 27-24 decision in Piscataway, N.J.
RUTGERS (8-3, 4-2 BIG EAST)
Greg Schiano (Bucknell ’88)
66-65, 11th season
Rutgers, which was picked eighth in the BIG EAST preseason media poll, has won three straight and would earn a share of its first BIG EAST title with a win against Connecticut … Rutgers could earn the BIG EAST’s BCS bid this weekend with a win coupled with losses by Louisville, Cincinnati and West Virginia … The Scarlet Knights lead the BIG EAST in total defense (316.6 ypg, 15th nationally) and scoring defense (16.8 ppg, ninth nationally) … The Scarlet Knights are third nationally in takeaways (30) … WR Mohamed Sanu ranks fourth nationally in receptions (9.4 per game) and has a BIG EAST-record 100 catches this season … Sanu has 1,011 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches … LB Khaseem Greene leads the BIG EAST in tackles (114 total, 10.4 per game) … DE Justin Francis has team highs of 6.5 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss … QB Chas Dodd and QB Gary Nova have taken turns as the starter behind center … Dodd has started the last two games and has thrown for 1,257 yards and nine touchdowns this season … The leading rusher is RB Jawan Jamison, who has gone for 747 yarsd and six touchdowns as a freshman … S Duron Harmon has five interceptions, while CB Logan Ryan has a BIG EAST-leading 13 passes defended.
CONNECTICUT (4-6, 2-3 BIG EAST)
Paul Pasqualoni (Penn State ’72)
4-6, first season at Connecticut
145-82-1, 20th season as collegiate head coach
Connecticut needs to win its last two games to become bowl-eligible … The Huskies hold an outside shot at sharing the BIG EAST title for the second straight year, but would need to win both games, have Louisville lose to USF and have a loss next week by the Pittsburgh-West Virginia winner … The Huskies are 2-1 in BIG EAST home games and are 0-2 on the road in league games … Connecticut is sixth nationally in rushing defense (93.5 ypg) … QB Johnny McEntee is the regular starter behind center, while QB Scott McCummings has seen regular action as well … McEntee has thrown for 1,768 yards and 10 touchdowns with seven interceptions, while McCummings has three rushing TDs and has thrown two TD passes … RB Lyle McCombs is ranked second in the BIG EAST in rushing at 101.4 yards per game … WR Isiah Moore has a team-high 37 catches for 496 yards, while WR Kashif Moore has 35 catches for 523 yards and a team-leading five touchdowns … LB Jory Johnson is fourth in the BIG EAST in tackles (85, 8.5 per game) … LB Trevardo Williams is second in the conference in sacks (8.5, 0.85 per game).