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.