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Paw Prints – UConn Huskies (0-9, 0-5) @ Temple Owls (1-9, 0-6) Preview

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This week:

UConn Huskies @ Temple Owls

The UConn Huskies are off to the City of Brotherly Love for their final road game of the 2013 season as they'll take on the Temple Owls Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Line:

According to DocsSports.com odds, Temple is favored by 8.5 points. The over/under is 50.5 points.

Tickets:

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

Getting To The Game:

Here is the weather forecast for Philadelphia, PA.

Here is all the information you need for Lincoln Financial Field including directions, parking maps and stadium information.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Television:

Saturday’s game will be shown on ESPN3 exclusively with no blackouts. Dave Weekley is on play-by-play with K. C. Keeler doing color.

The game will be seen on a taped-delay basis on SNY on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 1:30 p.m.

Radio:

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 Temple game will also be available on Sirius Radio Channel 108 and XM 197.

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. 25 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Dec. 2 – 6:6:30 p.m.

Temple Owls Radio:

The Owls’ radio broadcast will air on 1210 AM WPHT with Ed Benkin calling the play‐by-play and Paul Palmer providing color analysis.

Temple’s student station WHIP will also broadcast the game online with Zach Gelb on play‐by‐play and Chase Senior and Ross DiMattei on color commentary.

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Last Week:

UConn fell to the SMU Mustangs 38-21. Temple lost to the UCF Knights 39-36.

History:

Saturday’s game will be the 14th time Temple and UConn have met with the Owls holding a 9-4 advantage in the series.

Connections:

UConn has 13 players on its team from Pennsylvania: S Ty-Meer Brown (McKeesport), C Tyler Bullock (Mechanicsburg), DT Julian Campenni (West Pittson), K Chad Christen (Etters), OG Steve Greene (Edensburg), LB Jon Hicks (Palmyra), LB Junior Joseph (Sinking Spring), WR Brian Lemelle (Harrisburg), DE B.J. McBryde (Beaver Falls), OG Zach Rugg (Windber), TE Quinn Thompson (Edinboro), P Cole Wagner (York) and TB Joseph Williams (Allentown).

Temple has one player from Connecticut on its roster — LB Tyler Matakevich (Stratford).

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 34-29 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, Louisville and now SMU.

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, Georgia and Mississippi State.

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.

Redshirt freshman Casey Cochran (Monroe, Conn.) made his first career start on Saturday against SMU and was 25 of 42 in the air for 227 yards and two TDs and two interceptions. He is the third quarterback used by the Huskies this season.

Lyle McCombs is 51 carries shy of Donald Brown's UConn record of 698.

McCombs picked up his 11th career 100-yard rushing game vs. SMU on Saturday.

Cole Wagner is UConn’s nominee for The Burlsworth Trophy, given to the top player in the country that began his career as a walk-on. Wagner was given a scholarship prior to his redshirt sophomore season of 2011.

Overall this season, Chad Christen is 9-15 in field goals with the 40-yarder vs. UCF being the long. He is a perfect 8-8 from inside the 39-yard line, but 1-6 from 40 and longer. He has connected on three of his last five attempts.

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 – 116th at 297.6 yards per game (9th American)
  • Rushing Offense – 118th at 74.4 yards per game (10th American)
  • Passing Offense – 80th at 213.9 yards per game (8th American)
  • Scoring Offense – 117th at 16.2 points per game (9th American)
  • Total Defense – 68th at 402.4 yards per game (6th American)
  • Rushing Defense – 55th at 154.8 yards per game (8th American)
  • Pass. Eff. Defense – 100th at 143.52 points (7th American)
  • Scoring Defense – 102nd at 35.0 points per game (9th American)
  • Ind. Tackles – Yawin Smallwood, 12th at 10.4 tackles per game (3rd 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 Temple Owls stat matchup

Notes from this week's opponent Temple:

Here is Temple's roster and 2013 schedule.

Here is the Temple depth chart.

Matt Rhule is in his first season as the head coach at Temple after an experienced coaching career as an assistant on the collegiate and professional level. Most recently, Rhule was the assistant offensive line coach with the New York Giants in 2012. He was an assistant coach at Temple from 2006-11 working with a number of positions including defensive line, quarterbacks, offensive coordinator and tight ends. Rhule also worked at Albright (1988), Buffalo (1999-200), UCLA (2001), Western Carolina (2002-05). He is a 1997 Penn State graduate and played four seasons at linebacker for the Nittany Lions.

Here is the video from Temple head coach Matt Rhule's weekly press conference.

This is the final home game for the Owls and their seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.

Temple is on its third conference affiliation in three years.

Temple's captains are Ryan Alderman, Levi Brown, Kyle Friend and Tyler Matakevich.

Matt Rhule brought back the tradition of rewarding the nine toughest players on the squad with single‐digit jerseys. "It's something that coach Golden and his staff started a few years ago," Rhule said. "Numbers 1‐9 were the toughest guys on the team, regardless of ability. The first day I got the job, I talked to the older guys about some of the old traditions we had under Al, and if they wanted to bring them back, and they did."

Here they are (# in parenthesis was summer number):

One of the youngest team overall, Temple has played 13 true freshmen this season. Only eight schools have played more.

  • UCLA 18
  • Texas A&M 17
  • Tennessee 15
  • LSU 14
  • Alabama 14
  • Florida State 14
  • Georgia 14
  • Southern Miss 14
  • Temple 13
  • Tulane 13

Only five true freshmen QBs have started more games than Temple’s P.J. Walker (5) this season: Jared Goff (10, California), Christian Hackenberg (9, Penn State), John O’Korn (6, Houston), Tyler Jones (6, Texas State), Baker Mayfield (5, Texas Tech), Davis Webb (5, Texas Tech), Sefo Liufau (4, Colorado), Danny Etling (4, Purdue).

Eleven Temple football players received their degrees in the spring or summer of 2013 and are competing as graduate students. That trails only Alabama, Ole Miss (13) Louisiana Tech and Virginia Tech (12) for most NCAA football players with undergraduate degrees in hand.

Temple football sports the nation’s second‐most underclassmen on its depth chart. According to a poll of SIDs conducted by Maryland’s Matthew Bertram, Virginia has the most freshmen and sophomores listed on its 2013 depth chart with 34. Temple has 33; Colorado State, Louisiana State, Maryland, and South Carolina are tied for third with 32 each. The Owls currently have 16 sophomores and 17 freshmen on this week’s depth chart.

Here's where Temple ranks in the American and NCAA overall statistics:

Temple NCAA & American rankings

Thursday UConn Football Links:

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UConn Football Playing For Its Seniors [sox & dawgs]

No Turnovers Key For UConn Against Temple [sox & dawgs]

DC answered a few questions in his mailbag [desmond conner - hartford courant]

Jack Cochran Pleased To Watch Casey's Ascension From Stands [hartford courant]

Next Week:

UConn returns home next Saturday as they'll host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rentschler Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

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