Paw Prints: UConn Huskies (0-3) @ Buffalo Bulls (1-2) Preview

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UConn Huskies @ Buffalo Bulls

The UConn Huskies head on the road for the first time this season as they head to Buffalo, NY for a matchup with the Buffalo Bulls on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

The Line:

According to odds, Buffalo is favored by one point. The over/under is 49 points.


According to, there are still tickets available for the game.

Getting To The Game:

Here is an up-to-date weather forecast for Buffalo, NY. Here is a seating chart for UB Stadium. Here are directions to UB Stadium. And here is a complete gameday guide and a visitors guide which should answer any questions you have if you're planning on attending the game.



Saturday’s game will be televised by ESPN3. Bob Picozzi is on play-by-play, K.C. Keeler is on color.


The UConn IMG Sports Network is the home of Husky football on the radio. WTIC NewsTalk 1080 in Hartford serves as the flagship station and is the state’s only 50,000 watt signal and can be heard in 23 states and parts of Canada.

Veteran UConn announcers Joe D’Ambrosio (play-by-play) and Wayne Norman (color commentary) return to call the action with Kevin Nathan on the sidelines

UConn football games are also broadcast over the internet at Here is a full list of stations on the UConn IMG Radio Network.

The Buffalo game will also be available on Sirius Radio Channel 137 and XM 192.

The UConn IMG Sports Network airs the UConn Football Coach’s Show presented by Webster Bank throughout the fall on Monday evenings at the Wood-n-Tap in Vernon, Conn. Hosted by Joe D’Ambrosio, the show is heard on the UConn IMG Sports Network. Coach Paul Pasqualoni and other individuals associated with UConn football will participate in the hour-long show, reviewing previous games and looking forward to upcoming match-ups. The Wood-n-Tap in Vernon is located at 236 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon and fans are invited to attend to watch the show live in person. There will be ticket and prize giveaways every show.

The following is the schedule for the shows this season:  Oct. 7 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Oct. 14 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Oct. 21 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Nov. 4 – 7:00-8:00 p.m.; Nov. 11 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Nov.18 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Nov.25 – 6:00-7:00 p.m. and Dec. 2 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Buffalo Bulls Radio:

UB Athletics will begin its fifth year with The Breeze (1230 AM) and WLVL (1340 AM) to air Bulls' athletic events, including Buffalo's football and men's and women's basketball programs.

Long-time and highly-respected Buffalo television reporter and anchor Paul Peck, who had previously been the voice of UB football from 1992-99, returns to call Bulls' football for the fifth season. Joining Peck in the booth again this season will be Jim Kubiack. In addition, Nick Mendola will remain on sideline duty for football games and will team with Scott Wilson to anchor the UB football pre- and post-game shows. 

UB football will air on WHTK (1280 AM) in Rochester. In addition, UB's football games will be available on the web on UB's athletic website ( and WECK's website (

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Last Week:

UConn lost a nailbiter to the Michigan Wolverines 24-21. The Bulls were off last week.


Saturday’s game will be the 20th time Buffalo and UConn have met and UConn leads the series by a 16-4 count. Buffalo is a very familiar non-conference foe for the Huskies as the program has ascended to the FBS level. Since 2002, when both teams first met as full-fledged FBS programs for the first time, UConn holds an 8-0 advantage over the Bulls.


UConn has 10 players from the state of New York: DL Foley Fatukasi (Far Rockaway, N.Y.), WR John-Luke Bogue (New Rochelle), DE Reuben Frank (Poughkeepsie), OT Thomas Hopkins (Hawthorne, N.Y.), S Wilbert Lee (Brooklyn), LS Dominick Manco (Lagrangeville), TB Lyle McCombs (Staten Island), DT Mikal Myers (Newburgh), DE Cameron Stapleton and DT Shamar Stephen (Brookville).

There are no Connecticut natives on the Buffalo roster.

UConn AD Warde Manuel had the same position at Buffalo from 2006-2012. UConn Senior Associate AD Doug Gnodtke was also at Buffalo in a similar position from 2010-12.

Paul Pasqualoni posted a pair of wins over Buffalo during his tenure as the head coach of Syracuse — 63-7 on Sept. 2, 2000 in Syracuse and Sept. 11, 2004 in Buffalo by a 37-17 count..He is now 4-0 vs. Buffalo with his 2011 and ‘12 wins as the UConn coach

UConn Notes:

Here are is the video from head coach Paul Pasqualoni's press conference. If you don't have time to watch, here are the quotes Pasqualoni's press conference as well quotes from some of the players.

Here is UConn's roster and 2013 schedule.

Here is UConn's depth chart for the game.

UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni was the final all-time winningest coach in BIG EAST Conference league wins with 67 and overall wins with 115. He was just one of two league coaches in history to win four BIG EAST Championships. His overall college coaching record stands at 151-93-1 (34-17 at WCSU, 107-59-1 at Syracuse and 10-17 at UConn).

The captains of the 2013 UConn Huskies football team are Steven Greene, Shamar Stephen and Yawin Smallwood.

UConn was picked to finish 7th in 2013 AAC Preseason Poll.

Connecticut boasts a 45-25 record against non-conference opponents in the regular season since making the move to the FBS in 2002.

UConn has posted the following records in non-conference regular season games: 6-6 (2002), 9-3 (2003), 4-1 (2004), 3-1 (2005), 3-2 (2006), 4-1 (2007), 4-1 (2008), 4-1 (2009), 3-2 (2010), 2-3 (2011) and 3-2 (2012).

UConn is 34-23 in games following a loss since Oct. 26, 2002. The Huskies lost their 2012 season finale vs. Cincinnati and the record includes games over two seasons with the losses to Towson, Maryland and Michigan.

Connecticut enters Saturday’s meeting vs. Buffalo with a 19-4 record against opponents from the Mid-American Conference (MAC) – including last year’s wins vs. UMass and Buffalo and loss at Western Michigan — since making the move to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2002.

To this point in the season, UConn and Buffalo are tied with 10 other teams for the nation’s toughest schedule.

Redshirt senior kicker Chad Christen (Etters, Pa.) missed a 46-yard field goal in the third quarter of the Michigan game, which broke a streak of ten-straight FG attempts dating back to last year.

UConn linebacker Yawin Smallwood was named the CBS Sports Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after recording 13 tackles, with two for loss and a sack, against Michigan on Saturday. Smallwood also received an American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll nod.

Consecutive Years of Returning a Kickoff/Punt for a Touchdown:

  • 1. LSU 12
  • 2. FIU 10
  • 2. Ohio State 10
  • 4. UConn 9
  • 5. Florida 8
  • 5. Ole Miss 8
  • 5. Kansas State 8
  • 8. Louisiana Tech 7
  • 8. Oklahoma State 7
  • 10. UCF 6
  • 11. Auburn 5
  • 11. Southern Cal 5

The following is where UConn ranked in the NCAA national statistics:

  • Total Offense – 115th at 290.0 yards per game (9th American)
  • Rushing Offense – 122nd at 52.0 yards per game (10th American)
  • Passing Offense – 60th at 238.0 yards per game (6th American)
  • Scoring Offense – t98th at 20.0 ppg (t7th American)
  • Total Defense – 71st at 394.3 yards per game (8th American)
  • Rushing Defense – 99th at 205.7 yards per game (10th American)
  • Pass. Eff. Defense – 51st at 119.92 rating (4th American)
  • Scoring Defense – 85th at 29.7 yards per game (8th American)
  • Ind. Tackle – Yawin Smallwood, 2nd at 14.3 per game (1st in American)

Yawin Smallwood Awards Watch Lists for 2013 season:

  • Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year
  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy
  • Bednarik Award
  • Butkus Award

Lyle McCombs Awards Watch Lists For 2013 season:

  • Doak Walker Award

UConn Huskies vs Buffalo Bulls stat matchup

Notes from this week's opponent Michigan:

Here is the video from Buffalo head coach Jeff Quinn press conference for the game.

Here is the Buffalo Bulls 2013 roster and schedule.

Here is the Buffalo depth chart for the game.

Jeff Quinn is in his fourth season in charge of the Buffalo program. His first Buffalo team had a 2-10 record in 2010, the Bulls were 3-9 in 2011 and were 4-8 last year. Quinn had last been the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Cincinnati for three years. Before coming to the Bearcats, he was the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Central Michigan. He came to CMU in 2004 after coaching for 15 seasons at Grand Valley State, where the team won back-to-back national championships in 2002 and ‘03.

Here is the list of FBS schools whose coaching staffs have remained completely intact: Akron, Baylor, Boise State, Buffalo, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Minnesota (2011-12-13), Navy, Nebraska, Northwestern (2011-12-13), Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rice, Toledo, Tulane, Tulsa and Vanderbilt.

Buffalo was picked fourth in the East Division of the MAC.

UB has met UConn more than any other nonconference opponent since joining the FBS ranks in 1999 (12 times). The next closest nonconference opponent is Rutgers (five times).

The Bulls are coming off their longest game in school history – a five-overtime win against Stony Brook on Sept. 14.

UB players will be wearing a black sticker with the intials “SH” on their helmets this season in honor of former wide receiver Saron Hood, who passed away suddenly while working out on June 6, 2012. Hood was a member of the Bulls from 2009-12. Following his career at UB, Hood moved to Texas to complete his engineering degree at Texas A&M.

Buffalo's team captains are Jasen Carlson, Khalil Mack, Alex Neutz, Branden Oliver and Colby Way.

Khalil Mack is 3.5 sacks shy of the school record of 24 held by Rich Dadabo (1989-92) and Vince Canosa (1992-95).

It has been 11 years (136 games) since Buffalo has returned a punt for a touchdown.

Thursday UConn Football Links:

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Newington's Spencer Parker Living His Dream At UConn [sox & dawgs]

DC answered some questions in his mailbag [desmond conner – hartford courant]

UConn/Buffalo coaches to wear "Coach To Cure MD" patches [jim fuller – new haven register]

Former UConn CBs still in Jhavon Williams' corner [jim fuller – new haven register]

UConn is capitalizing on Pruitt's versatility [jim fuller – new haven register]

Boyle biding his time [john silver –]

To pay or not to pay [john silver –]

Tale of the Tape: UConn defense vs. Michigan [the uconn blog]

After Costly Miss, UConn Kicker Chad Christen Looks Forward [hartford courant]

Next Week:

UConn is off next week and returns to action on October 12 when they'll host the South Florida Bulls at Rentschler Field.

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