Saturday, September 29 • Noon • BIG EAST Network
Rentschler Field (40,000/Natural Grass)
East Hartford, Conn.
Television - WATCH LIVE
BIG EAST Network Game of the Week
Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante and Paul Carcaterra
WTIC-AM 1080 (flagship)
Sirius 137; XM 193
Saturday’s game will be the 20th meeting between Connecticut and Buffalo in a series that dates to 1939 … The Huskies are 15-4 against Buffalo and have won the last seven matchups … Connecticut was a 17-3 winner in Buffalo, N.Y., last season behind two touchdown passes from QB Johnny McEntee and a 113-yard effort on just two catches by WR Nick Williams.
Paul Pasqualoni (Penn State ’72)
7-9, second season at Connecticut
148-85-1, 21st season as collegiate head coach
Connecticut returns home following back-to-back road games … The Huskies dropped a 30-24 decision at Western Michigan last Saturday to even their record at 2-2 … Connecticut is 1-1 at Rentschler Field this season … The Huskies lead the BIG EAST in total defense (213.0 yards per game), rushing defense (53.0 ypg), pass defense (155.5 yards per game) and defensive pass efficiency (96.7) … DE Trevardo Williams and LB Yawin Smallwood are first and second in the league, respectively, in sacks, while Smallwood is slightly ahead of Williams for league lead in tackles for loss … Smallwood also is the BIG EAST leader in tackles, averaging 10.5 stops per game … Offensively, RB Lyle McCombs is ranked fourth in the BIG EAST in rushing, averaging 88.8 yards per game … McCombs has rushed for 355 yards and three touchdowns on 93 carries … QB Chandler Whitmer has completed 68 of 112 passes for 824 yards and three TDs against six interceptions … WR Geremy Davis has a team-high 17 receptions for 236 yards and a touchdown, while TE John Delahunt has nine catches for 115 yards and a TD … WR Nick Williams is averaging 125.0 all-purpose yards per game and is a threat on special teams.
BUFFALO (1-2, 0-1 MAC)
Jeff Quinn (Elmhurst ’84)
6-20, third season at Buffalo
7-21, third full season as collegiate head coach
Buffalo enters Saturday’s game at 1-2 after a 23-7 setback to Kent State last Wednesday … The Bulls opened the season with a 45-23 loss at Georgia and scored a 56-34 win against Morgan State … Head coach Jeff Quinn was the offensive coordinator at Cincinnati before taking over at Buffalo in 2010 … RB Branden Oliver enters the game against Connecticut with an average of 142.0 rushing yards per game … Oliver has rushed for 426 yards and three touchdowns on 71 attempts and is averaging 6.0 yards per carry … He has rushed for at least 100 yards seven times in his last 10 games … QB Alex Zordich has completed 34 of 67 passes for 477 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions … WR Alex Neutz has 15 receptions for 264 yards and six touchdowns … Neutz had eight catches for 154 yards and four TDs in the win against Morgan State … DE Colby Way has a team-high four sacks, while LB Khalil Mack leads the team with 7.5 tackles for loss … The Bulls have attempted just one field goal this season.