UConn Spoils Rutgers' Title Hopes With 40-22 Victory

Rutgers lost to UConn Saturday ending any chance of a Big East Championship

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Rutgers-UConn Final Score: Huskies Spoil Scarlet Knights' Title Hopes With 40-22 Victory

The Rutgers University football program entered Saturday hoping that it could accomplish something that no other previous campaign had ever done -- earning a share of the Big East Conference title. However, the Scarlet Knights turned the ball over six times and compiled a net total of minus-nine rushing yards in a 40-22 loss to the University of Connecticut in a Big East Conference game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. Officially, Rutgers (8-4, 4-3 Big East) has been eliminated from the Big East championship race, which now features just the University of Cincinnati, West Virginia University and the University of Louisville.

Rutgers began the day in a hole trailing 14-0 after two first-quarter turnovers turned into a pair of rushing touchdowns for UConn. The Scarlet Knights got on the board in the second quarter, but the Huskies answered each score to take a 24-10 lead into halftime. From there, UConn (5-6, 3-3) pulled away using 16-unanswered points, all coming in the third quarter, to take a 40-10 lead.

Freshman quarterback Gary Nova entered the game in the fourth quarter, but unlike previous games he did not spark the Scarlet Knight offense. Instead, the freshman turned the ball over twice -- an interception and a fumble. Nova did manage to manufacture a few scoring drives, but it was a little too late for the Scarlet Knights, who now wait for a bowl invitation.

On the day, the Scarlet Knights offensive line allowed six sacks and did little to help its starting running back, sophomore Jawan Jamison, who rushed for just 19 yards on five carries. Jeremy Deering rushed for a team-best 24 yards on seven carries.

Starting quarterback Chas Dodd, who completed just 11-of-22 passes for 141 yards and an interception, struggled. Nova finished with 298-passing yards on 11-of-18 throwing.

The lone bright spot was wide receiver Brandon Coleman, who caught six passes for 223-receiving yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Mohamed Sanu snagged nine passes for 133 yards.



 

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Rutgers-UConn Score Update: Huskies Continue Dominance Over Scarlet Knights; Lead 40-10 Heading Into Fourth Quarter

A dismal third-quarter performance by Rutgers University, which included just 11 net yards of total offense and three scoring drives by the University of Connecticut, has helped the Huskies take a commanding lead over the Scarlet Knights, who will begin the fourth quarter trailing 40-10. Rutgers (8-3, 4-2 Big East) is trying to win a share of the league title for the first time in program history, while UConn (4-6, 2-3) is doing a fantastic job of playing the spoiler.

Just 1:24 into the second half, UConn freshman running back Lyle McCombs, who tallied a rushing touchdown in the first quarter, capped a three-play, 41-yard drive by bulling his way into the end zone from four yards out. The drive began with excellent field possession (Rutgers 41-yard line) thanks to a 54-yard kickoff return by junior wide receiver Nick Williams.

On UConn's next possession, the Huskies used another solid return from Williams and just three plays to punch the ball into the end zone. Freshman quarterback Scott McCummings, who also scored a rushing touchdown in the first quarter, ran in from 12 yards out to give the Huskies a 37-10 lead with 10:31 to go in the third quarter.

With 2:43 to play in the quarter, UConn senior kicker Dave Teggart nailed a 47-yard field goal.

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Rutgers-UConn Score Update: Three Scarlet Knight Turnovers Helpe Huskies Take 24-10 Halftime Lead

A 25-yard field goal and a one-yard touchdown run by Rutgers University sophomore running back Jawan Jamison has helped the Scarlet Knights stay close to the University of Connecticut, which has taken a 24-10 lead into halftime of a Big East Conference game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. Rutgers (8-3, 4-2 Big East) is trying to win a share of the league title for the first time in program history, while UConn (4-6, 2-3) is trying to play the role of the spoiler.

Jamison's touchdown capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive that answered a defensive touchdown by UConn, which led 21-3 with 7:39 to play in the first half. The Huskies defensive touchdown was scored by senior defensive tackle Kendall Reyes, who picked up a fumbled snap by Rutgers sophomore quarterback Chas Dodd and ran it nine yards into the end zone. The fumble was already the Scarlet Knights' third turnover of the day, which all have led to touchdowns by UConn.

In the first quarter, UConn freshmen, running back Lyle McCombs and quarterback Scott McCumming, each scored rushing touchdowns that helped the Huskies take an early 14-0 lead. San Te's field goal cut the UConn margin to 14-3.

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Rutgers-UConn Score Update: Two Scarlet Knight Turnovers Help Huskies End First Quarter With 14-0 Lead

Two rushing touchdowns have helped the University of Connecticut take a 14-0, first-quarter lead over visiting Rutgers University in a Big East Conference football game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. UConn (4-6, 2-3 Big East) entered the contest trying to keep its bowl eligibly alive, while the Scarlet Knights (8-3, 4-2) are trying to earn a share of the league title, which could lead to a Bowl Championship Subdivision bowl berth.

The first UConn touchdown was set up by a Scarlet Knights turnover by running back Jawan Jamison, who on the third play from scrimmage fumbled the ball, which was recovered by UConn's junior defensive end Jesse Joseph. Two plays later, freshman runningback Lyle McCombs scored from 10 yards out and the Huskies took a 7-0 lead with 12:51 to go in the first half.

On the next Rutgers possession, three plays after the UConn touchdown, sophomore quarterback Chas Dodd had a pass, which was intended for senior wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, tipped and then intercepted by UConn's freshman safety Ty-Meer Brown.

Six plays later, UConn freshman quarterback Scott McCummings crossed the goal line on a five-yard touchdown run, which capped off a six-play, 40-yard drive that gave the Huskies a 14-0 advantage with about seven minutes to play.

The Scarlet Knights will begin the second quarter with a 4-and-2 situation just inside UConn territory.

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Rutgers Vs. UConn Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Rutgers will be on the road for its final regular season game at Noon ET on Saturday from Rentschler Stadium in East Hartford to face Connecticut. This weekend's Big East match-up will air live on ESPN.

In 30 previous outings, the Scarlet Knights (8-3, 4-2 Big East) lead the Huskies (4-6, 2-3 Big East) by a score of 21-9.

As we highlighted right here on SB Nation in our pre-game preview, most of the talk surrounding today's showdown centers around Rutgers' last-ditch effort to move into first place alongside Louisville.

Rutgers won its third straight game last week after declawing the Cincinnati Bearcats by a score of 20-3 while UConn was trapped in the losing column by the Louisville Cardinals 34-20.

Game date, time: Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Location: Rentschler Stadium

TV channel: ESPN

Spread: Rutgers is giving three points (-3)

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Black Friday College Football: Louisville Clinches Share Of Big East Title

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – Teddy Bridgewater threw for 241 yards with three touchdowns, as Louisville earned at least a share of the Big East Conference football championship Friday with a 34-24 win over South Florida.

Dominique Brown added a score on the ground for the Cardinals (7-5, 5-2 Big East), who won five of their last six to conclude the regular season and will now wait to find out if they will be the Big East representative for a BCS bowl game.

The Cardinals sit atop the Big East by one-half game over Rutgers, but own the two-team tiebreaker over the Scarlet Knights by virtue of a 16-14 win on October 21. Cincinnati, West Virginia and Pittsburgh are also still in contention.

Bobby Eveld got the start at quarterback in place of an injured B.J. Daniels for South Florida (5-6, 1-5), which needs to beat West Virginia next Thursday to become bowl-eligible. Daniels was sidelined because of a bruised right shoulder and Eveld completed 20-of-35 passes for 210 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

The Cardinals trailed 24-20 heading into the fourth quarter, but Bridgewater engineered a 57-yard drive for the go-ahead score. He hit Eli Rogers for 30 yards to convert 3rd-and-5 and capped the series with an 11-yard scoring strike to a wide open DeVante Parker.

A trade of punts left USF at its own six-yard line with 5:43 remaining, but the Bulls turned the ball over when Andre Davis fumbled after a reception. Brown cashed in two plays later with a nine-yard touchdown run to seal the contest.

Eveld was picked off by Hakeem Smith on a desperation heave to end the contest.

Louisville entered the second half down 17-10, but forced a three-and-out from South Florida to start the third quarter and pulled within four on a 31-yard field goal from Chris Philpott. The Cardinals got the ball right back when South Florida again failed to produce a first down and Bridgewater capped a nine-play drive with an 18-yard scoring strike to Josh Chichester to put Louisville in front.

It didn’t last long.

Lamar Lindsey returned the ensuing kickoff 62 yards to the Louisville 37 and the Bulls ran a halfback option pass that worked to perfection despite Demetris Murray’s wobbly throw that found Deonte Welch behind the secondary for the score and a 24-20 USF lead.

South Florida was dismal on offense in the second half, producing just two first downs and 61 total yards until its final possession with the outcome already decided.

Louisville’s first offensive series came up empty when Philpott missed a 33- yard field goal try, but Philpott connected from 30 yards away in the final minute of the first quarter for a 3-0 lead.

South Florida countered with the next 17 points, starting with Eveld’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Lindsey just 90 seconds into the second period. The Bulls got the ball right back after a Louisville punt and drove far enough for a 40- yard field goal from Maikon Bonani. The Cardinals fumbled away their next possession and South Florida drove 59 yards for another score, as Murray scored on a one-yard run with 35 seconds left in the half.

A 54-yard kickoff return by Senorise Perry gave Louisville a chance for a late score and the Cardinals cashed in two plays later when Bridgewater found Parker with a 17-yard TD pass to make it 17-10 at the break.

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