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.