A long, nearly two-hour first half has ended with Connecticut leading Rutgers 24-17.
There has been more offense than we could have expected so far. Well, that and special teams. UConn scored on a 100-yard kickoff return by Nick Williams, and Rutgers' two scores were set up by a long punt return by Mason Robinson and a 75-yard kick return by Joe Lefeged.
The Scarlet Knights led 17-7 thanks to a strong start by true freshman Chas Dodd. He completed eight of his first nine passes for 130 yards and showed a lot more poise in the pocket than injured Tom Savage has this year. There may be a real quarterback controversy here, which is amazing. Rutgers hasn't scored 17 points in its last two games and yet still trails despite the outburst.
That's because Jordan Todman erupted on a 66-yard touchdown run with some classic pulling work by UConn's offensive line, and Cody Endres's one great pass of the half went for a 22-yard touchdown to Kashif Moore. Clearly, UConn has more offensive weapons than Rutgers, to no one's surprise. The Huskies have also been better in the second half this year, so the seven-point lead bodes well.
But Rutgers isn't out of this, and if Dodd continues to play well this could actually turn into a shootout. It's been way more entertaining so far than expected.