Paw Prints – UConn Huskies (0-5, 0-1) @ Cincinnati Bearcats (4-2, 1-1) Preview

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This week:

UConn Huskies @ Cincinnati Bearcats

The UConn Huskies take to the road on Saturday as they are off to the Queen City for a matchup with the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

The Line:

According to DocsSports.com odds, Cincinnati is favored by 13.5 points. The over/under is 45.5 points.


According to CatsTix.com, there are still seats available.

Getting To The Game:

Here is the weather forecast for Cincinnati, OH. Here are directions to Nippert Stadium, seating chart for Nippert Stadium, a parking guide and a fan guide.



Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by ESPNU. Tom Hart will handle play-by-play duties and is joined by John Congemi on color.

The game, where available, can also be seen on WatchESPN.


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 WTIC.com. Here is a full list of stations on the UConn IMG Radio Network.

The Cincinnati game will also be available on Sirius Radio Channel 136 and XM 196.

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. Interim head coach T.J. Weist 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. 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.

Cincinnati Bearcats Radio:

700 WLW begins its 20th season as the Bearcats’ broadcast partner. The station’s 50,000-watt signal can project UC games to 38 states and a third of Canada, and worldwide via 700WLW.com, making it possible for UC fans to hear every football and men's basketball game.

Dan Hoard (play-by-play), Jim Kelly, Jr. (analyst) and Tom Gelehrter (sideline) have the call.

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Last Week:

UConn fell to the South Florida Bulls 13-10 to open up their AAC play. The Bearcats beat the Temple Owls 38-20.


Saturday’s game will be the tenth meeting all-time between UConn and Cincinnati and the Huskies are 2-7 all-time against UC and were 2-6 in BIG EAST action.


UConn interim head coach T.J. Weist was the wide receivers coach at Cincinnati from 2010-12. The Bearcats won the Liberty (2011) and Belk (2012) bowls during his tenure.

The UConn roster has three players from Ohio on it – redshirt junior defensive lineman Angelo Pruitt of Cincinnati, redshirt sophomore linebacker Marquise Vann of Cincinnati and freshman tight end Liam Sallquist of Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati roster does not have a Connecticut native on it.

UConn’s defensive coordinator Hank Hughes coached the defensive line for the Bearcats in 1993 under Tim Murphy. Cincinnati went 8-3 that season.

UConn Notes:

Here are is the video from head coach T.J. Weist's press conference. If you don't have time to watch, here are the quotes Weist'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.

T.J. Weist, a 25-year veteran of the coaching profession who most recently served as the wide receivers coach at Cincinnati, is the interim head coach at UConn for the rest of the 2013 season and making his head coach debut this week vs. USF. Weist was elevated to that position on Sept. 30 — four games into the 2013 season. Weist is in his first season at UConn and continues to serve as offensive coordinator and also has position responsibility with the wide receivers.

T.J. Weist made his debut last Saturday as the Husky head coach on an interim basis as the Huskies lost to USF 13-10. Paul Pasqualoni was the first UConn coach since Sumner Dole in 1923 to win his first game at UConn, when the Huskies topped Fordham by a 35-3 score on September 3, 2011. Here is how some other UConn head coaches have fared in their first game – Randy Edsall, 56-17 loss at Hofstra, Sept. 4, 1999; Skip Holtz, 17-6 loss vs. Nicholls State, Sept. 3, 1994; Tom Jackson, 22-5 loss at Rutgers, Sept. 10, 1983; Walt Nadzak, 49-0 loss at Lehigh, Sept. 10, 1977; Larry Naviaux, 22-20 loss vs. Lehigh, Sept. 15, 1973; Bob Casciola, 20-7 loss at Vermont; John Toner, 16-0 loss at Yale, Sept. 25, 1965; Rick Forzano, 21-6 loss at Yale, Sept. 26, 1964; Bob Ingalls, 34-13 loss at Yale, Sept. 20, 1952; Arthur Valpey, 25-0 loss at Yale, Sept. 23, 1950; J.O. Christian, 7-0 loss vs. American International; Sumner Dole, 13-0 win vs. Trinity, Sept, 29, 1923.

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.

UConn is 34-25 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, Michigan, Buffalo and now USF.

UConn will wear No. 77 helmet sticks to honor Cincinnati freshman OL Ben Flick who tragically passed away in a car accident.

Tim Boyle became the first true freshman to start a game for UConn at quarterback since Shelton native Dan Orlovsky did on October 6, 2001 – a 19-0 win over Eastern Michigan. Orlovsky started 43 consecutive games over three-plus seasons, concluding his career with a win in the Huskies’ first-ever bowl appearance – the 2004 Motor City Bowl.

Tailback Lyle McCombs rushed for a career-high 164 yards against USF in UConn’s last game, earning a spot on the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll. It was the 10th time in his career that McCombs has eclipsed 100 yards in a game. He is currently third all-time in the Connecticut annals in carries, and sixth in rushing yards.

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 – 118th at 289.2 yards per game (9th American)
  • Rushing Offense – 118th at 78.0 yards per game (10th American)
  • Passing Offense – 79th at 211.2 yards per game (7th American)
  • Scoring Offense – 115th at 16.4 points per game (9th American)
  • Total Defense – 28th at 348.2 yards per game (4th American)
  • Rushing Defense – 85th at 178.4 yards per game (9th American)
  • Pass. Eff. Defense – 26 at 110.68 points (2nd American)
  • Scoring Defense – 82nd at 28.6 points per game (7th American)
  • Ind. Tackles – Yawin Smallwood, 3rd at 12.8 tackles per game (2nd 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 Cincinnati Bearcats stat matchup

Notes from this week's opponent Cincinnati:

Here is video from Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville's weekly press conference.

Here is Cincinnati's roster and 2013 schedule.

Here is the Cincinnati depth chart.

Tommy Tuberville is in his first season as the head coach at Cincinnati after successful head coaching stops at Mississippi (1995-98), Auburn (1999-2008) and Texas Tech (2010-12). His overall head coach record is 134-79. In his three seasons at Texas Tech, he had a 20-17 mark and a pair of bowl appearances. In his ten seasons at Auburn, he led the Tigers to 85 overall wins, which is fourth in school history. The Tigers also won 49 Southeastern Conference games, a number that is the fourth-best in SEC. Tuberville led Auburn to seven straight bowl appearances, including New Year’s Day bowl games in four of of those years.

In 2004, Tuberville led Auburn to its best season ever as the Tigers won a school-record 13 games and captured the SEC Championship and the Nokia Sugar Bowl title. Tuberville was named the AFCA, Associated Press and Walter Camp Football Foundation National Coach of the Year.

At Ole Miss, Tuberville had a 25-20 record and was the defensive coordinator and linkebackers coach at Texas A&M in 1994. He was also an assistant coach at Arkansas State (1980-84) and Miami, Fla. (1986-93).

The University of Cincinnati football team is playing its 126th season in 2013. The Bearcats’ program dates to 1885 and is one of the 10 oldest in major college football.

UC won four of the final five BIG EAST Championships and has played in a bowl game in six of the past seven seasons and two straight years.

UC has won 61 games (61-22) since the 2007 season, most among current American Athletic Conference teams.

UC is the only school in the country among the BCS AQ Conferences (American, ACC , Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC) to win four conference titles in the last five years.

UC is one of only four NCAA FBS AQ programs to have won 10 games in five of the past.

Cincinnati wore its sixth uniform combination (red jerseys, red pants, black helmet) in six games against Temple.

NCAA rankings comparison between Cincinnati and UConn:

UConn vs Cincinnati NCAA rankings

Cincinnati team rankings:

Cincinnati Bearcats team rankings

Cincinnati individual rankings

Cincinnati NCAA individual rankings

Thursday UConn Football Links:

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Boyle Earning Respect of Offensive Line [sox & dawgs]

Much Respect For Cincy Boyle Looks To Improve [desmond conner - hartford courant]

Block, Miss, K Chad Christen Says He’s OK [desmond conner - hartford courant]

UConn recruit making up for lost time [jim fuller - new haven register]

Difficult senior season for UConn's Kevin Friend [jim fuller - new haven register]

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

With Foley Back At Helm, UConn's Offensive Line Ready To Hit [hartford courant]

Next Week:

The Huskies stay on the road as they'll make the trip south to Orlando, FL next Saturday for a matchup with the UCF Knights. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

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