STORRS, Connecticut (March 6, 2009) - The 2009 University of Connecticut football team will play six home games at Rentschler Field this fall, highlighted by BIG EAST Conference home games against Louisville, South Florida, Syracuse and Rutgers plus a non-conference matchup with North Carolina. The entire 2009 UConn and BIG EAST Conference schedule was announced on Friday.
UConn is scheduled to play all 12 of its games on Saturdays this season over the course of 14 weeks. The 12-game UConn schedule opens on September 5 when the Huskies travel to Athens, Ohio, to take on Ohio University of the Mid-American Conference. The only other previous meeting between these two schools came in 2002 with a UConn victory in the final season of Memorial Stadium in Storrs.
The home opener at Rentschler Field is on September 12 against North Carolina of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the third-ever meeting between the two schools. The Tar Heels have posted wins over UConn in 1990 and last season.
UConn hits the road again on September 19 to travel to Baylor of the Big 12 in Waco, Texas, as the Huskies make their first visit to the Lone Star State since 1989. UConn defeated Baylor last year at Rentschler Field.
Long-time rival Rhode Island, of the Colonial Athletic Association, makes its second-ever Rentschler Field appearance on September 26 with a noon kickoff. UConn and Rhode Island first met in 1897 and the two teams have met 93 previous times - the most for UConn of any opponent.
Following a bye week, the BIG EAST opener is at Pittsburgh on October 10 followed by the BIG EAST home opener on October 17 against Louisville. UConn has won three of five meetings vs. the Panthers since joining the BIG EAST and own a two-game winning streak against the Cardinals.
UConn travels to Morgantown, W.Va. on October 24 to play West Virginia in a BIG EAST game and then returns home on October 31 for a conference contest vs. Rutgers. The following week the Huskies play 2008 BIG EAST Conference champion Cincinnati on the road before having another bye week.
The Huskies journey to historic Notre Dame Stadium on November 21 to take on the Fighting Irish in the final non-conference game of the year. That contest is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. Eastern kickoff time and will be televised by NBC. The game will mark UConn's first-ever nationally-televised network appearance.
UConn wraps up the regular season with two BIG EAST Conference home games - November 28 vs. Syracuse and December 5 against South Florida. The South Florida game is on "Championship Saturday" and will be televised by either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
Other than the Notre Dame and Rhode Island contests, all game times are TBA with most of them being announced 12 days prior to the contests along with exact television coverage.
The 2009 UConn schedule features seven games against teams that went to bowl games last year - North Carolina (Meineke Car Care), Pittsburgh (Sun), West Virginia (won Meineke Car Care), Rutgers (won PapaJohns.com), Cincinnati (Orange), Notre Dame (won Sheraton Hawaii) and South Florida (won St. Petersburg).
Season tickets for UConn home games at Rentschler Field are now on sale with a variety of season ticket options and prices. For more information and to purchase, please visit the Online Ticketing Center at UConnHuskies.com or call 1-877-AT-UCONN.