Big East: Did you know?

Time for a little Big East did you know. Special thanks to the team and league sports information folks for these nuggets.

  • The Scarlet Knights would move into a tie for first place in the Big East standings if they beat Cincinnati. It is just the second time in school history that Rutgers plays its last home game with first place on the line (2006).

  • Connecticut is the second least-penalized team in the Big East, averaging just 39.9 yards in penalties, while the Huskies’ opponents have been flagged for a league-high 71.6 yards.

  • Cincinnati coach Butch Jones broke into the collegiate coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at Rutgers from 1990-92. In an interesting note, Jones replaced current Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, who was a graduate assistant there in 1989.

  • In its past three games against Rutgers, UC has run 216 plays and recorded 1,886 yards of total offense, an average of 8.7 yards per play.

  • For the seventh time in the past 62 games, Cincinnati will field a first-time quarterback. How have they fared? Cincinnati is 6-0 in those games.

  • Rutgers is 5-1 at High Point Solutions Stadium in 2011, its best record at home since going 6-0 in 2006. With a victory over Cincinnati, Rutgers would equal the most wins at home in a season since its stadium was built in 1994.

  • Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu needs 19 receptions to become the school's career leader in that category. Brian Leonard (2003-06) holds the record with 207. Sanu is on pace to finish the season with 122 receptions, which would place him in a tie for 11th in NCAA single-season history.

  • The is the first time Louisville and UConn are playing in November.

  • The Cardinals have lost all four games this season when being held to less than 300 yards of total offense. UConn has held six opponents to under 300 yards of offense.

  • The Cardinals ran 55 plays in a loss to Pitt last week, marking the fifth time this season that Louisville was held to 60 or fewer offensive snaps.

  • The Cardinals are searching for their fourth league win for the first time since the 2006 season. The year, they went 6-1 in league play.

  • Since going 6-1 in 2006, the Cardinals are just 11-22 in conference play. Louisville went 3-4 in 2007, 1-6 in 2008 and 2009 and responded with a 3-4 mark a year ago.

  • UConn running back Lyle McCombs needs 29 yards to become the 13th player in school history to reach 1,000 yards rushing. He also would be the second freshman in school history to run for 1,000, joining Terry Caulley in 2002.

  • USF has to win out in the regular season to keep this streak alive: the Bulls are one of 15 teams nationally with five straight eight-win seasons.

  • Through nine games, USF has posted eight plays over 40 yards -- but only two have come in Big East play.

  • USF has recorded 77 tackles for a loss this season, including at least 10 TFL in five of its last eight games. Sophomore Ryne Giddins leads the way with 11. In all, 22 Bulls have recorded at least a half a TFL this season.