College Football
Central Florida at Connecticut
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 22, 2016
Where: Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut

With their hopes of landing an entry into the Big 12 dashed when the conference decided not to expand earlier in the week, UCF and Connecticut set their sights on a bowl berth when they meet in an American Athletic Conference game Saturday in East Hartford, Conn. Both teams are coming off losses last week and need three more wins to reach the magic number of six to qualify for a postseason bid.

Temple stunned UCF a week ago, getting an 8-yard TD pass with one second left to post a 26-25 after marching 70 yards in the final 32 seconds for the game-winning score to erase a 25-7 deficit. "I've been on teams when you get up like that and the chance is there to squash them. You finish it and it's over early," UCF coach Scott Frost told reporters Monday. The Huskies, who were drubbed 42-27 by USF a week ago, clobbered UCF on the road 40-13 last season allowing Huskies coach Bob Diaco to keep the trophy he made for the self-created rivalry game he dubbed "The Conflict." Diaco was mocked by media, fans, and even some UCF players for trying to create a rivalry and backed off the talk this week but the trophy remains in the UConn practice facility.
TV: Noon ET, ESPNews. LINE: UCF -3.5

ABOUT UCF (3-3, 1-1 AAC): Freshman McKenzie Milton passed for 210 yards for UCF but was sacked seven times by the physical front of the Owls as the Knights failed to score a point for the game's final 42-plus minutes a week ago. UCF enters Saturday ranked No. 33 in the country in rushing offense, averaging 207.7 yards, but will be tested by UConn's stout run defense which is second in the conference and 26th in the nation allowing 129.9 yards. Senior running back Dontravious Wilson leads the Knights with 314 yards rushing and scored eight touchdowns this season and four other backs have rushed for 113 yards or more.
ABOUT CONNECTICUT (3-4, 1-3): It was the usual suspects for the Huskies last week as Bryant Shirreffs passed for 306 yards and two touchdowns, and Noel Thomas had 12 receptions for 127 yards. Shirreffs (sacked five times and tackled many more) took such a beating against the Bulls, he didn't address the media after the game because he was too sore as he's been sacked 20 times on the season. Running back Arkeel Newsome continues to rebound from his slow start to the campaign as the all-purpose threat combined for 162 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns against USF.

1. UConn lost standout left guard Tommy Hopkins to a leg injury at South Florida last week and he will miss the rest of the season
2. On Saturday, the Knights committed 12 penalties for a loss of 110 yards - the most by a UCF team in 11 years and a stark contract to UConn, which is the second-least penalized team in the nation at 29 yards per game.
3. Slow-starting UConn was the last team in the country to score a point in the first quarter, getting a field goal against USF last week.

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Central Florida 3-3 L1 33.5 25.0 1-2 2-1 2-2 0-0 1-1
Connecticut 3-4 L1 20.9 26.1 3-1 0-3 3-2 0-1 1-3
Last Meeting
Central Florida Connecticut
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/10/15 CONN 40 UCF 13 315 60 255 433 170 263
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Central Florida J. Holman 54.0 255 1 3
Connecticut B. Shirreffs 72.7 256 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Central Florida C. Jones 7 44 6.3 0
Connecticut A. Newsome 13 84 6.5 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Central Florida M. Willett 5 65 13.0 0
Connecticut A. Bloom 4 67 16.8 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Central Florida N. Patti 1
Connecticut A. Newsome 2
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Central Florida M. Milton 58.3 643 5 2
Connecticut B. Shirreffs 60.3 1588 7 4
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Central Florida D. Wilson 76 314 4.1 7
Connecticut A. Newsome 87 412 4.7 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Central Florida T. Smith 19 324 17.1 4
Connecticut N. Thomas 67 758 11.3 3
Touchdowns Player TD
Central Florida D. Wilson 8
Connecticut R. Johnson 4
Quickchart Matchup
Central Florida Central Florida Off vs  Connecticut Connecticut Def
Central Florida 403 yards
Connecticut 415.7 yards
Central Florida 4.3 yards/rush
Connecticut 4.1 yards/rush
Central Florida 7.1 yards/attempt
Connecticut 7.5 yards/attempt
Connecticut Connecticut Off vs  Central Florida Central Florida Def
Connecticut 363.3 yards
Central Florida 352.8 yards
Connecticut 3.2 yards/rush
Central Florida 3.2 yards/rush
Connecticut 7.3 yards/attempt
Central Florida 6.2 yards/attempt