Top 25: No. 22 Rutgers 19, UConn 3
PISCATAWAY, N.J. • Jawan Jamison ran for 110 yards and Wayne Warren returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown as No. 22 Rutgers suffocated Connecticut 19-3 on Saturday to remain undefeated.
The Scarlet Knights (5-0, 2-0 Big East) are off to their best start since 2007, and they avenged a bitter loss to the Huskies that ended last regular season and kept Rutgers from sharing the conference title.
Jamison ran it 28 times and recorded his sixth consecutive 100-yard game. Gary Nova hooked up with Mark Harrison on a 14-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter, and Warren put it away with 3 minutes, 44 seconds left in the fourth quarter when he pushed across the goal line with some help from his teammates.
UConn benched leading rusher Lyle McCombs for the first quarter after he was arrested and charged with second-degree breaching the peace Friday. He finished with 12 yards on 12 carries, and the Huskies (3-3, 0-1) were held to their worst scoring output since getting shutout by Louisville in the middle of the 2010 season.
McCombs is accused of yelling, pushing and spitting at his girlfriend during an argument outside a dorm in Storrs.
Rutgers has won six of the last eight meetings but lost last year's game 40-22.
The Scarlet Knights, who unveiled new black uniforms with red trim to go with silver helmets, seemed intent on letting their defense keep them undefeated against a UConn team that was second-to-last in the Big East in total offense.
Linebackers Khaseem Greene and Steve Beauharnais were all over UConn's runners, and the Huskies couldn't keep Rutgers' blitzes from forcing Chandler Whitmer to hurry his throws. Greene also had an interception late in the fourth quarter.