Five Days and Counting

HoosierNation.com begins its day-by-day preview of Saturday's 3:30 p.m. contest with Connecticut with five numbers to note about this matchup.

41 – yard field goal for UConn place kicker Matt Nuzie in the opening week's 52-7 win over Rhode Island. It's not so much the length of the field goal, though, as how long it's been since IU has had a kicker convert a kick from that length. Amazingly, the last time an IU placekicker had a field goal of 43 yards or more was Nov. 23, 2002, when Bryan Robertson kicked a 50-yarder in a 34-10 loss to Purdue - a span of 37 games. The last time IU had a kicker kick a 40-yarder or longer was also by Robertson, who converted a 40-yarder in the 2003 season finale against Purdue.

166 – yards for UConn tailback Terry Caulley the last time these two teams met – Aug. 30, 2003. Then a sophomore, Caulley did that on 22 carries in the Huskies' 34-10 win at Rentschler Field. Caulley has run for 176 yards and a touchdown in UConn's first two games this season, but was limited in last week's 24-13 loss to Wake Forest due to an abdominal strain. The Huskies' all-time leading rusher, Caulley is expected to be ready this weekend, though, and will be going against an IU defense that surrendered 244 yards on the ground to Southern Illinois Saturday. Even if Caulley isn't 100 percent, he's far from a one-man ground game for Coach Randy Edsall. The Huskies are averaging 280.5 yards/game on the ground, led by Caulley (88.0/game), Donald Brown (70.5/game) and Lou Allen (57.5/game).

27.3 – yards/punt return for Huskies' return man Larry Taylor. The 5-6, 165-pounder from Ft. Lauderdale has run back three punts for that average this season, and is also averaging 29.0 yards/kickoff return. This is nothing new for Taylor, who has averaged 13.5 yards/return on his 47 career punt returns and 32.2 yards/kickoff return during his collegiate career. Unlike in years past, UConn has been involving Taylor on offense this season as well. He's averaging 19.0 yards/carry on four rushes this season and is the team's second-leading receiver with six catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. Keeping him in check – particularly on special teams - is critical for an IU team that has been erratic on special teams in the season's first three weeks.

28.9 – that's the percentage of 3rd downs IU is converting this season, easily the worst in the Big Ten. IU is only 11-of-38 on 3rd down conversions this season, including a 3-of-12 effort in Saturday's loss to Southern Illinois. The Hoosiers have struggled in this category each week, converting only 4-of-12 in the 39-20 win over Western Michigan and 4-of-14 in the victory at Ball State. Defensively, Indiana is allowing opponents to convert 40 percent of their third down attempts, which ranks eighth in the conference ahead of only Minnesota (42.1 percent), Iowa (43.8) and Illinois (45). UConn, meanwhile, is converting 41 percent (11-of-27) of its 3rd down attempts in its first two games.

98.0 – Yards/game rushing for the Hoosiers, which ranks last in the Big Ten. Quarterback Kellen Lewis is the team's leading rusher with 44.5 yards/game, while no IU tailback is averaging 30 yards/game or more on the ground. Demetrius McCray's 28.5 yards/game tops the tailbacks, while Josiah Sears is averaging 23.0 yards/game, Marcus Thigpen 16.7 and Bryan Payton 12.0.

What's coming up:
On Monday – Five Numbers to Note
On Tuesday - Four Players to Know
On Wednesday – Three Big Concerns
On Thursday – Two Key Matchups
On Friday – One Bold Prediction

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