Connecticut will return to action against West Virginia on Oct. 13 in what could be the most significant game in the young program's history. The Huskies (4-1) and Mountaineers (4-1), who have never met, will square off at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
Connecticut recorded its first Big East victory, a 29-17 decision over Pittsburgh, on Sept. 30. The Huskies then took the week off to work on fundamentals and heal a few nagging injuries.
The most important footnote of Connecticut's first five games was the emergence of running back Cornell Brockington. The sophomore rushed for 643 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, but didn't establish himself as the Huskies' feature back.
Times have changed. Most recently, Brockington rushed for 185 yards on 27 carries and a game-sealing fourth-quarter touchdown in the victory over Pittsburgh. He is averaging 100 yards per game.
Just three seasons removed from the I-AA level, it appears as if Connecticut has made a seamless transition to major conference football. The West Virginia game should provide an accurate measure of the Huskies' progress.
SCOUTING THE OFFENSE
Senior QB Dan Orlovsky has completed 112 of 172 pass attempts for 1,390 yards and 10 touchdowns, clearly establishing himself as the league's top signal caller. The Huskies are averaging 30.0 points per game, second in the league behind West Virginia.
SCOUTING THE DEFENSE
Connecticut recorded four sacks in the 29-17 win over Pittsburgh on Sept. 30, holding the Panthers to 4-for-16 on third down. The Huskies are ranked second in the league in scoring (16.2 ppg.), rushing (99.2 ypg.) and passing (169.8 ypg.) defense.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We have a chance to win every game that we play. At the end of the season we'll see where that takes us.'' -- Coach Randy Edsall on Connecticut's opportunity to surprise as a first-year Big East member.
Connecticut has built quite a home-field advantage at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The Huskies have won eight straight games in their 40,000-seat home and have sold out their last three at "The Rent."
STILL NEEDS SOME WORK
There isn't much the Huskies haven't done right, as they are ranked either first or second in every major Big East category other than rushing (fifth).