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    === Rutgers stays perfect with stellar defensive effort versus UConn ===
 
 Piscataway,  NJ  (Sports Network) -  Gary Nova threw  a touchdown pass and the
 Rutgers  defense forced  five turnovers,  as the  22nd-ranked Scarlet  Knights
 remained unbeaten with a 19-3 victory over Connecticut.
 
 Nova completed 18-of-27 passes for 157 yards, including a 14-yard TD strike to
 Mark  Harrison for the game's lone offensive touchdown in the third quarter of
 the struggle between the Big East's top two defensive squads.
 
 Wayne  Warren returned  an interceptions  25 yards  for a  late touchdown  for
 Rutgers  (5-0, 2-0 Big East), which played as a ranked team for the first time
 since 2009 and won a game while ranked for the first time since 2007.
 
 Jawan  Jamison  ran for 110  yards, eclipsing the  100-yard mark for the fifth
 time  in as  many games this season  for the Scarlet Knights, who are unbeaten
 after  five games  for only the third time  since 1976 and are 2-0 in Big East
 play for second straight year and third time overall.
 
 "If you could bottle today's game you'd see Rutgers football," said head coach
 Kyle Flood. "We had a 100-yard rusher, we were able to protect the quarterback
 -- we played  tremendous run defense  and we made  some terrific plays  in the
 kicking game."
 
 UConn  running  back Lyle McCombs  sat out  the first quarter for disciplinary
 reasons  and finished with just 32 yards on 12 carries. The Huskies (3-3, 0-1)
 were  playing  their conference opener and  coming off a win last week against
 Buffalo.
 
 "I  would say  that we had a  hard time stopping their slanting and angling up
 front,"  UConn  coach Paul  Pasqualoni said.  "They moved  their guys up front
 pretty well today. We had a hard time finishing blocks and stopping them. That
 was certainly a factor in the run game."
 
 Rutgers carried a 6-3 lead to the break and reached the end zone for the first
 time  on its first possession of the third quarter with an 84-yard drive. Nova
 converted  3rd-and-6 with  a 13-yard completion to keep it going and a 28-yard
 run by Jamison helped set up Nova's scoring toss to Harrison for a 13-3 game.
 
 UConn  didn't seriously  threaten the rest of  the way, reaching as far as the
 Rutgers  37 late  in  the third  before punting  it  away. Two  fourth-quarter
 interceptions then sealed the Huskies' fate.
 
 Warren  picked  off UConn quarterback  Chandler Whitmer  and picked his way 25
 yards  to  the end  zone for a  score with 3:44  remaining. Following a missed
 extra  point, Whitmer was intercepted three plays after the ensuing kickoff by
 Khaseem Greene.
 
 Whitmer threw for 191 yards and was picked off four times in defeat.
 
 Rutgers  converted  a pair  of UConn  turnovers into field  goals in the first
 quarter.  Logan Ryan  picked off Whitmer at the Connecticut 45 and the Scarlet
 Knights  drove far  enough for a 45-yard  kick from Kyle Federico. A fumble on
 the ensuing kickoff led to a 31-yarder from Federico, but only after a holding
 penalty negated an 18-yard touchdown run by Jamison.
 
 The  Scarlet Knights marched from their own 24 to the UConn 33 with their next
 possession,  but  Federico's next  try from  50 yards  was blocked, giving the
 Huskies the ball at the Rutgers 47.
 
 A  roughing  the passer  penalty and  a pair of  first-down conversion runs by
 McCombs  set up  UConn at the Rutgers eight, but the Scarlet Knights stiffened
 and forced a 19-yard field goal from Chad Christen with 2:39 left in the half.
 
 Rutgers  avoided  disaster in the final  minute when a false start penalty was
 called  on  fourth down after the  center snapped the ball past everyone while
 the  entire  offense was figuring  out if coaches wanted  them to run down the
 clock.  The Huskies would have had the ball deep in Rutgers territory, but got
 it  near midfield after a punt and a 51-yard field goal try by Christen missed
 just before the intermission.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Jamison became the second Rutgers running back to eclipse 100 yards rushing in
 each  of  the team's first five  games, joining Ray Rice, who accomplished the
 feat  in  2006. Jamison  has six  straight 100-yard games  dating back to last
 season  ...  Rutgers was ranked 25th  for a week  in November 2009 and lost to
 Syracuse.  The Scarlet Knights will host Syracuse next Saturday ... UConn will
 welcome  Temple next  week ... Rutgers has  won four of the last five meetings
 with  UConn  and four  straight at  home ... McCombs  was disciplined after an
 arrest  Friday.  The Hartford Courant reported  that McCombs was arrested on a
 breach of peace charge and was released on $500 bond.
 
 
 
 10/06 19:35:41 ET

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