USF (3-2, 0-1 Big East) vs. Connecticut (2-2, 0-0), 7p.m.
By GREG AUMAN
Published October 7, 2006
Last year's game was the coldest in USF history, and perhaps the most disappointing, ruining the Bulls' chances to play West Virginia for the Big East championship. In a 15-10 loss the Bulls had five turnovers, allowed their first safety in four years and gave up their first kickoff returned for a touchdown in three. The squads are the Big East's worst in turnover margin, combining for five more turnovers than they've forced. Only three schools with better records have a worse turnover margin than the Bulls. Keep an eye on Huskies linebacker Donta Moore, a Blake graduate who leads the Big East in tackles for loss but will play tonight with a cast on his broken right arm. USF's defense stifled the Huskies last year, holding them to 90 yards in the final three quarters. Connecticut averages 242 yards a game rushing. Senior Terry Caulley, who missed nearly two years with a knee injury, is looking more like the back who was leading the nation in rushing when he was injured in 2003. UConn has the Big East's worst rush defense, which could spark a Bulls run attack that has been limited to quarterback Matt Grothe this season. According to UConn's student newspaper, the Daily Practice, coach Randy Edsall had his team practice indoors all week, with the temperature set at 85 degrees to simulate the hot, humid weather the Huskies will face tonight.