Paw Prints – UConn Huskies (0-8, 0-4) @ SMU Mustangs (3-5, 2-2) Preview

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UConn Huskies @ SMU Mustangs

The UConn Huskies are off to the Big D as they'll take on the SMU Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, TX on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.

The Line:

According to odds, SMU is favored by 16 points. The over/under is 56 points.


According to, there are plenty of seats available for the game.

Getting To The Game:

Here is the weather forecast for Dallas, TX.

Here is a seating chart for Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Here are directions and parking info for Bright House Networks Stadium. Here is everything you need to know about the fan guide for Gerald J. Ford Stadium.



Saturday’s game will be shown on ESPN3 exclusively with no blackouts. Trey Bender is on play-by-play with Kevin O’Conell doing color and Brooke Williamson on the sideline.

The game will be seen on a taped-delay basis on SNY on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.


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

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

The SMU game will also be available on Sirius Radio Channel 138 and XM 193.

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 upcoming shows: Nov. 18 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.;
Nov. 25 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Dec. 2 – 6:6:30 p.m.

SMU Mustangs Radio:

Rich Phillips (PBP), Scott Garner (analyst) and Steve Lansdale (sidelines) will call the action on KTCK 1310 AM/96.7 FM.

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Last Week:

UConn fell to the Louisville Cardinals 31-10. SMU lost to the Cincinnati Bearcats 28-25.


Saturday’s game will be the second meeting all-time between the schools with SMU winning a wild 31-30 game on September 16, 1989 on the SMU campus at Ownby Stadium. The game remains known as the “The Miracle on Mockingbird” in SMU lore and was ranked the eighth greatest moment out of 100 in SMU football history.


The UConn roster has one Texas native on it – redshirt freshman center Kyle Bockeloh (Houston).

SMU does not have a Connecticut native on its roster, with the large percentage of Mustangs coming from the state of Texas

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 made his head coach debut against 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.

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 34-28 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, USF, Cincinnati, UCF and now Louisville.

UConn’s 2013 schedule is currently ranked the 13th toughest in the nation out of 127. The ranking is based on the records of past and future opponents. UConn’s schedule is the toughest in the American.. Purdue is ranked No. 1 this week, followed by Tennessee, Utah, Virginia Tech and Georgia.

For just the third time in school history, UConn has faced three ranked teams in the Associated Press poll at the time of the game. Louisville checked in at No. 20 while Michigan was No. 14 for the Sept. 21 game and UCF was No. 21 for the Oct. 26 game.

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 – 119th at 286.6 yards per game (9th American)
  • Rushing Offense – 120th at 74.4 yards per game (10th American)
  • Passing Offense – 90th at 212.3 yards per game (8th American)
  • Scoring Offense – 117th at 15.6 points per game (9th American)
  • Total Defense – 68th at 395.3 yards per game (6th American)
  • Rushing Defense – 62nd at 160.8 yards per game (9th American)
  • Pass. Eff. Defense – 85th at 142.97 points (7th American)
  • Scoring Defense – 103rd at 34.6 points per game (9th American)
  • Ind. Tackles Yawin Smallwood, 6th at 11.1 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
  • Butkus Awrd (Semifinalist)

Lyle McCombs Awards Watch Lists For 2013 season:

  • Doak Walker Award

UConn Huskies vs SMU Mustangs stat matchup

Notes from this week's opponent SMU:

Here is SMU's roster and 2013 schedule.

Here is the SMU depth chart.

June Jones is in his sixth season as the head coach at SMU and has led the Mustangs to bowl games in each of the past four year and wins in three of them. Prior to his move to SMU, Jones was the head coach at Hawaii for nine years from 1999-2007, where he had an overall record of 76-41 and led the team to six bowl games, including a trip to the Sugar Bowl following the 2007 season. Hawaii had a final ranking of No. 17 in the country that year.

SMU Head Coach June Jones also serves as SMU’s offensive coordinator. Since he arrived at SMU, Tom Mason has served as SMU’s defensive coordinator. With six seasons together, the duo has teamed together for the second-most seasons in the FBS, trailing only Oregon State’s nine.

Prior to the 2009 season, June Jones announced that a deserving student-athlete would be chosen to wear the number “23” on his jersey throughout the season to honor Jerry LeVias for his contributions to America, the sport of football and SMU. LeVias was the first African-American to receive an athletic scholarship in the Southwest Conference. LeVias made athletic and academic All-America teams and, in 1966, contributed to the Mustangs’ first SWC title in 18 years. He was an All-American in 1968 and was chosen All-SWC in 1966, 1967 and 1968. Stephon Sanders has the honor again in 2013.

Four Mustangs are on award watch lists – Kenneth Acker (Thorpe), Jeremy Johnson (Biletnikoff & Earl Campbell Tyler Rose), Taylor Lasecki (Rimington) and Mike Loftus (Ray Guy) – and kicker Chase Hover has been named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award.

The Mustangs are 16-2 in league games played at Ford Stadium since the start of the 2009 season and 12-5 overall in home games since the start of the 2011 season.

SMU QB Garrett Gilbert leads the nation in total offense (409.4 ypg) – a figure better than 60 teams in the FBS. Gilbert ranks second in the nation in completions per game (35.4) and third in passing yards (379.6 ypg).

Mustang receivers Darius Joseph and Jeremy Johnson are third and fourth in catches per game nationally at 9.5 and 9.4 grabs per game respectively, and all four starting Mustang receivers have at least one 100-yard game in 2013 .

Thursday UConn Football Links:

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UConn Wants Players To Step Up, Provide Leadership At SMU [hartford courant]

Next Week:

The Huskies stay on the road as they head to the City of Brotherly Love next Saturday night for a matchup with the Temple Owls. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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