By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ Nearly eight years after Syracuse fired him, Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni returns to the Carrier Dome as the enemy on Friday night when he leads his Huskies against the Orange.
UConn (3-4, 0-2 Big East) desperately needs a conference win and a loss for Syracuse (2-4, 1-1) would make reaching a bowl game a daunting task. The Orange would have to win four of its last five games, which include Louisville at home and Cincinnati and Missouri on the road.
The Huskies have won the last five games in the series, including 28-21 at home last fall in Pasqualoni’s first year.
Both teams are coming off tough losses. Temple spoiled UConn’s homecoming last week with a 17-14 overtime win thanks to four
missed field goals by Huskies kicker Chad Christen. Syracuse was victimized by four turnovers and a crucial blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown in a 23-15 setback at nationally ranked Rutgers.
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