UConn-Rutgers Time Announced; Hernandez Honored



    STORRS, Conn. (Oct. 10) -- The University of Connecticut’s football game against Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 22 will kick off at 3:00 p.m. at Rentschler Field. The game will be broadcast live regionally on both NESN and MSG.

    The Huskies are 4-1 thus far in 2005 and 1-0 in BIG EAST play on the heels of a 26-7 win over Syracuse on Friday night at Rentschler Field. Coupled with a 4-1 record to open last season, it marks just the second time in school history that the Huskies have won four of their first five games in consecutive seasons, the other coming in 1997-98. UConn has accomplished this on the strength of the nation’s leading defense at 227.8 yards per game and the country’s ninth-best rushing attack, averaging 251.8 ypg. UConn also leads the nation in passing defense (129.8 ypg), ranks second in passing efficiency defense (77.25 rating), third in scoring defense (9.6 ppg) and fifth in turnover margin (+1.6 per game).

    Before battling the Scarlet Knights, UConn will travel to face Cincinnati on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The game will not be televised. Rutgers stands at 3-2 on the year heading into a game this Saturday against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. UConn has won each of the last three meetings between the teams, including a 41-35 victory last year at Rutgers Stadium on Thanksgiving Day.

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 10) -- The BIG EAST Conference announced on Monday that redshirt freshman quarterback D.J. Hernandez (Bristol, Conn.) has been named to its weekly football Honor Roll for his efforts in UConn's 26-7 win over Syracuse at Rentschler Field on Friday night.

    Hernandez came off of the bench for injured starter Matt Bonislawski to play for three quarters and guide the Huskies to victory in his first significant career action. He ran the ball 15 times for 86 yards with his first career touchdown run while also completing an even 50-percent of his passes. With just 14 more rushing yards, Hernandez would have been the first Husky signal caller to rush for 100 yards in a game since 1980. Hernandez earned UConn's offensive game ball for his work.