James Townsend saw his most significant action as a kick returner this season, averaging 24.1 yards per attempt on seven returns. He also made one catch for 36 yards.
"He has been doing a lot of things on special teams for us," RU
quarterback Mike Teel said. "He was hurt and worked his way back into the
receiving group. It's a part of the game but it hurts, especially on
special teams. He was doing some really good things, but we need some guys
to step up and make some plays."
The Scarlet Knight players studied the game tape from Saturday during
their off day on Monday. They saw the mistakes that led to a 31-3 West Virginia win over Rutgers.
"Watching the film, I think it made us grow up," Rutgers wide receiver
Tiquan Underwood said. "We saw opportunities that we had, me specially and
we just need to learn from it, grow up and just work on your game so that
it does not happen again."
Underwood had one of the toughest games of any of the Scarlet Knights
against West Virginia. Underwood dropped four passes in the game and took
the blame upon himself.
"He (Underwood) and I have a very good relationship," Teel said. "I have
said some things that are between him and I. It is just a matter of that,
he has done it before. He almost single handedly won the South Florida
game. It is not a matter of him not being able to do it, he just has
confidence and he needs to go out there and do it."
No. 13 UConn will host Rutgers this weekend, as the Scarlet Knights must
now shift their focus away from the mistakes they made last weekend and
back on the much improved Huskies.
Connecticut leads the Big East in scoring defense and ranks third in the
nation in only allowing 13 points a game. The Huskies also rank second
overall in turnover margin.
UConn ranks sixth in the Big East in scoring offense and will use its
defense to try and make up for the lack of scoring comparative to the rest
of the conference.
"They play eight guys up front and roll them [in and out] constantly," RU
Head Coach Greg Schiano said. "Their linebackers are playing very well and
their secondary leads the nation in interceptions. They are playing good
Rutgers will finish the season playing three out of the next four games on
the road. The contest versus UConn will be only the second game outside of
Rutgers Stadium they have played all season and the first game the Scarlet
Knights will play on a natural grass surface.
Last week, the Huskies beat South Florida 22-15 at home while playing in a
sloppy rain- soaked field. The Scarlet Knights did not seem too concerned
by the change in surface and most seemed to be excited about it. Rutgers
is 5-1 on grass since 2005 and RU running back Ray Rice posted 200-yard
games in four of those six contests.
"I kind of like the grass if it is not wet," Underwood said. "I played on
grass in high school and it was pretty nice. When you play in college, you
really don't think about it too much. You just go out and play."
- Coach Schiano said that safety Ron Girault could have played against
West Virginia, but Schiano wanted to be extra cautious. Schiano did make
it seem as though Girault would be available to play against Connecticut.
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