CONNECTICUT HUSKIES at CINCNNATI BEARCATS
Nippert Stadium (35,000/FieldTurf)
Saturday, December 3 • Noon • ESPN
ESPN — Dave Pasch, Chris Spielman and Quint Kessenich
Connecticut Radio Cincinnati Radio
WTIC-AM 1080 (flagship) WLW-AM 700 (flagship))
Saturday’s game will be the eighth meeting between Cincinnati and Connecticut since the schools first met in 2004 … Cincinnati holds a 5-2 series lead, though Connecticut has won two of the last three … The most memorable matchup was in 2009, when the No. 4-ranked Bearcats survived the Huskies’ upset bid in a 47-45 win at Nippert Stadium … Connecticut RB Jordan Todman rushed for 175 yards and three TDs in last year’s 38-17 win in East Hartford.
CONNECTICUT (5-6, 3-3 BIG EAST)
Paul Pasqualoni (Penn State ’72)
5-6, first season at Connecticut
146-82-1, 20th season as collegiate head coach
Connecticut scored a win against first-place Rutgers last week, leaving the Huskies one win away from bowl eligibility … The Huskies are 3-1 in BIG EAST home games and are 0-2 on the road in league games … Connecticut is third nationally in rushing defense (84.2 ypg) after holding Rutgers to -9 rushing yards … The Huskies have held six of their 11 opponents below 100 yards and have held three teams to 20 yards or less… QB Johnny McEntee is the regular starter behind center, while QB Scott McCummings has seen regular action as well … McEntee has thrown for 1,858 yards and 10 touchdowns with seven interceptions, while McCummings has five rushing TDs and has thrown two TD passes … RB Lyle McCombs leads the BIG EAST in rushing at 100.8 yards per game … WR Kashif Moore has team highs with 38 catches for 557 yards five touchdowns … LB Jory Johnson is third in the BIG EAST in tackles (93, 8.5 per game) … DE Trevardo Williams leads the conference with 12.5 sacks, while LB Sio Moore is second in the league with 15 tackles for loss.
CINCINNATI (8-3, 4-2 BIG EAST)
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
12-11, second season at Cincinnati
39-23, fifth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati snapped a two-game slide with a 30-13 win at Syracuse … The Bearcats would win a share of the BIG EAST title for the third time in four years with a victory against Connecticut and would earn the BIG EAST’s BCS bid with a win against Connecticut and a West Virginia loss to USF … The Bearcats rank 10th nationally in rushing defense (100.6 ypg) and lead the nation in tackles for loss (8.5 per game) … QB Zach Collaros, who has thrown for 1,860 yards and 14 touchdowns, will miss the rest of the regular season with a leg injury … QB Munchie Legaux has started the last two games, while QB Jordan Luallen also saw action against Syracuse … RB Isaiah Pead is second in the BIG EAST in rushing (94.7 ypg) … Pead has rushed for 1,042 yards and 11 touchdowns on 186 carries and is averaging 5.6 yards per carry … WR Kembrell Thompkins (44 receptions, 536 yards, 2 TDs) is the team’s top receiver … LB JK Schaffer leads the team with 93 tackles and is third in the BIG EAST at 8.5 tackles per game … DE Derek Wolfe is fourth in the conference with 14.5 tackles for loss … P Pat O’Donnell is the BIG EAST leader, averaging 45.3 yards per punt.