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UConn-Iowa State Matchup

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Lyle McCombs (Fred Beckham/AP Photo)

Lyle McCombs (Fred Beckham/AP Photo)

By The Associated Press
Iowa State (2-0) at UConn (1-1); Friday, 8 p.m. ET
Line: UConn by 4 1/2
Series Record: UConn leads 1-0
Last Meeting: UConn won 37-20 in 2002

WHAT’S AT STAKE
Iowa State is coming a huge triple-overtime win over rival Iowa,
but that won’t mean much if they can’t beat a Connecticut team in
rebuilding mode. The Huskies need to get things moving forward
again after falling to Vanderbilt 24-21 last week.

KEY MATCHUP
UConn’s defense vs. Iowa State QB Steele Jantz. Jantz gave the
Hawkeyes fits last week, throwing for 279 yards and four TDs and
doing nearly as much damage with his feet. But the Huskies have a
veteran defense, with nine starters back, and are allowing just 12
points a game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Iowa State: RB Shontrelle Johnson. Johnson had 108 yards last
week after a shaky opener and could be the consistent ground threat
Iowa State’s been looking for.

UConn: QBs Scott McCummings, Johnny McEntee and Mike Nebrich.
The Huskies might play all three of them. Can they find one that
can beat a Big 12 opponent?

FACTS & FIGURES

UConn’s win over Iowa State nine years ago was its first over a
bowl-bound opponent in the FCS…The Cyclones will wear white pants
and white jerseys for the first time in five years…Huskies coach
Paul Pasqualoni leads all coaches with 62 wins in Big East
play…Jantz was the Big 12’s Offensive Player of the Week for his
efforts in beating the Hawkeyes.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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