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Rutgers vs. UConn live blog

11:05 p.m. It's good! From 34 yards away, and Rutgers leads 27-24 with 13 seconds left in the game.

11:03 p.m. Rutgers just running the clock down now, to leave very little time on the clock after they attempt this field goal. It will be a 34-yard field goal attempt by Te with 18 seconds left, after the timeout.

11:00 p.m. Big play! Dodd to Deering for 45 yards, Rutgers all the way down to UConn 17-yard line.

10:59 p.m. Rutgers forces another punt, as we go back and forth here. First down Rutgers now at their own 38-yard line, 1:31 to play.

10:57 p.m. Rutgers can't do anything, forced to punt it away. First down UConn on their own 26, just over two minutes left.

10:52 p.m. Rutgers forces another three-and-out -- Dodd and co. are going to get the ball back with a chance to take the lead, just over three minutes remaining.

10:48 p.m. That didn't take long -- first play of the series, Dodd tosses a 52-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Mark Harrison. It's all tied up here in Piscataway, 24-24, with 3:53 to play.

10:45 p.m. The Rutgers defense makes a big stand -- UConn punts, and Rutgers takes over with good field position for a change -- its own 48-yard line. There's 4:02 left to play here in Piscataway.

10:40 p.m. Rutgers fails to score again -- went for it on 4th-and-2 at UConn's 13-yard line, and Dodd's pass was knocked down at the line of scrimmage. UConn takes over with 6:07 to go.

10:37 p.m. Rutgers is mounting a heck of a drive here -- started at its own 5-yard line, now all the way down to UConn's 21. Let's see if they can tie it up.

10:19 p.m. At the end of the third quarter, it's still 24-17 UConn. The Huskies have the balled on their own 37-yard line, second-and-9. The UConn defense has put the clamp on Dodd after a hot start. Dodd will need to make some things happen in the fourth quarter if the Scarlet Knights are going to come back.

10:00 p.m. Still 24-17 UConn, with 7:02 remaining in third quarter. Rutgers had a drive going earlier in the quarter, but faltered. They could have attempted a long field goal, but instead went for a risky fake, which failed. That could come back to haunt them.

9:40 p.m. The second half is under way.

9:18 p.m. The first half is over -- the score is UConn 24, Rutgers 17, after the Huskies tacked on a short field goal on the last play of the first half.

On the plus side, Rutgers' offense has looked much better with Dodd at QB. On the minus side, the Rutgers defense -- which played very well the first four games of the season -- wasn't as good in the first half, and the special teams play wasn't great either.

UConn has scored 17 points unanswered -- let's see if the Scarlet Knights can get the momentum back in the second half. They will get the ball to start the half.

8:55 p.m. UConn takes the lead for the first time tonight, courtesy of a 22-yard touchdown pass from Cody Endres to Kashif Moore -- it's 21-17 UConn, with 4:13 remaining in the second quarter.

8:43 p.m. UConn RB Jordan Todman just sprinted 66 yards for a touchdown, to make it 17-14 Rutgers here in Piscataway.

Todman was the fourth-leading rusher in the country coming into the game, averaging 159.5 yards per game on the ground. But Rutgers had kept him bottled up nicely -- up until that play.

8:31 p.m. Dodd has completed 8-of-9 for 130 yards and a touchdown so far -- not too shabby for a freshman making his first college start on national television, wouldn't you say?

8:29 p.m. San San Te tacks on a 28-yard field goal, and Rutgers now leads 17-7 with 9:43 to go in the second quarter.

8:17 p.m. That's the end of the first quarter, Rutgers still leads 14-7. UConn has the ball, but deep in their own territory.

8:01 p.m. Rutgers capitalizes on the Lefeged kick return -- Mohamed Sanu runs it in from two yards out, and it's 14-7 Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers has 14 points, and there's still 6:05 left in the first quarter. Big change from the past couple weeks, when they scored 13 points in the entire game versus North Carolina, and 14 points versus Tulane.

7:56 p.m. Talk about an exciting first quarter -- Joe Lefeged just ran the next kickoff back 75 yards for Rutgers -- the Scarlet Knights have first-and-10 at the UConn 14.

7:54 p.m. The Rutgers lead didn't last too long -- Nick Williams returns the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a UConn touchdown, and it's now 7-7.

7:49 p.m. Dodd just connected with fellow true freshman Jeremy Deering for a 46-yard touchdown pass, and it's 7-0 Scarlet Knights.

7:40 p.m. A quick three-and-out for both teams, and UConn will begin its second possession at its own 22-yard line.

7:35 p.m. Rutgers kicks off, to get this game started -- touchback, UConn begins on the 20-yard line.

7:32 p.m. Savage is in uniform -- he ran out with the rest of the team when they took the field. Right now he is standing on the sideline next to Dodd, as Dodd warms up.

7:29 p.m. We've been given no indication why Dodd is starting over Savage tonight -- is it because of Savage's hand and rib injuries, or is it because Dodd was more effective against Tulane last week, after replacing Savage in the second quarter? Might be a little bit of both. That will be the first question Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is asked after the game, I'm sure.

7:21 p.m. Good evening everyone from Rutgers Stadium, where the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Connecticut Huskies will play the very first game of the Big East conference football season tonight, airing on ESPN.

The big news here in Piscataway, which was just announced in the press box, is that true freshman Chas Dodd will start at quarterback for Rutgers tonight, instead of regular starter Tom Savage.