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           === Wolverines take act on road to tangle with Huskies ===
 
 East Hartford, CT (Sports Network) - The 15th-ranked Michigan Wolverines hit
 the road for the first time this season, as they head east to tangle with the
 Connecticut Huskies on Saturday night.
 
 Michigan is 3-0 after taking out a couple of Mid-American Conference foes in
 Central Michigan (59-9) and Akron (28-24), as well as Notre Dame (41-30). The
 recent victory over the Zips was the team's 17th straight at home -- the
 longest active streak in the country -- but it didn't come easily.
 
 While obviously pleased with the result, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke knows
 his team has some work to do if it has any shot at achieving its goals for the
 season.
 
 "It's good to win the game, that's always important and that's why you play,
 but we didn't play our best football, and we need to get that straightened
 out."
 
 The Wolverines get a breather following this contest, and will open Big Ten
 Conference play against visiting Minnesota on Oct. 5.
 
 Connecticut is playing the finale of a three-game homestand to begin the
 season, and the Huskies have yet to taste victory, losing to both FCS foe
 Towson (33-18), as well as Maryland (32-21). UConn is 0-2 for the first time
 since 2002, which was its first year as a member of the FBS.
 
 Despite the early hole his team has dug itself, UConn head coach Paul
 Pasqualoni believes his guys will be fired up for this clash.
 
 "It presents us with a great opportunity against a very good team. We shall
 see. I expect our kids to be up for the challenge and come in tomorrow and
 begin working hard and focusing in on our next task at hand."
 
 The Huskies will play at Buffalo next week then have two weeks to prepare for
 their maiden voyage in the brand new American Athletic Conference when they
 host USF on Oct. 12.
 
 This bout marks only the second meeting between Michigan and Connecticut on
 the football field, and the Wolverines won the first encounter at home in the
 2010 season opener, 30-10.
 
 Needing a late goal-line stand to keep their perfect record and their lengthy
 home winning streak in tact, the Wolverines survived against visiting Akron
 last Saturday. Michigan had several standout stars on offense, including Devin
 Gardner (16-of-30, 248 yards, two TDs; 103 yards rushing, one TD), Fitzgerald
 Toussaint (71 rushing yards, one TD), Jeremy Gallon (six rec., 66 yards) and
 Devin Funchess (two rec., 65 yards, one TD).
 
 Michigan is averaging 42.7 points and 449.3 yards per game, with the run
 accounting for 195 ypg and the pass 254.3 ypg. Gardner has completed 60.3
 percent of his passes for 704 yards with seven TDs and six interceptions, and
 he is also the team's leading rusher with 237 yards and four scores. Toussaint
 comes in at 199 yards with three TDs, and Gallon is far and away the club's
 top receiver with 18 grabs for 297 yards and four scores.
 
 Defensively, James Ross III (10 tackles) led the way in the hard-fought win
 over Akron, while Jarrod Wilson and Blake Countess each recorded an
 interception. When the dust had settled, the teams were nearly dead even in
 yards (UM 425, UA 418), but the Wolverines committed four turnovers, including
 three INTs by Gardner, and the home team was just 3-of-10 on third-down
 conversion attempts, while the visitors went 9-of-18.
 
 For the season, foes are averaging 21.0 ppg behind 346.0 ypg, and the Maize
 and Blue have been particularly stingy when it comes to allowing yards on the
 ground (89.7 ypg). The opposition has yet to score a rushing TD this season.
 Desmond Morgan owns the team-lead in total tackles (20), but Raymon Taylor and
 Ross III are hot on his heels with 19 apiece. Countess has three INTs, while
 Brennen Beyer and Cameron Gordon each have a pair of sacks.
 
 Even though they lost, a couple of Huskies had career games against Maryland
 last weekend, as Chandler Whitmer completed 29-of-46 passes for 349 yards,
 hitting Shakim Phillips 10 times for 178 yards and a TD.
 
 It's a good thing the passing game was working for the Huskies last week, as
 they couldn't muster much in the way of an effective ground attack, tallying a
 mere 34 net yards on 33 attempts. In addition to Phillips' efforts, UConn also
 got decent production out of receivers Geremy Davis and Deshon Foxx, each of
 whom finished with 54 yards on a combined nine catches.
 
 Maryland hammered out 224 yards on the ground and 501 total in the game, but
 allowed the Huskies to hang around thanks to three turnovers and a 4-of-15
 effort on third-down attempts. Yawin Smallwood was all over the field for
 UConn, registering 14 tackles, while Ty-Meer Brown made all eight of his stops
 alone.
 
 Connecticut is putting up just 19.5 ppg while allowing 32.5 ppg, and foes are
 averaging 112 ypg more than the Huskies on average. Whitmer is a near 61
 percent passer who averages better than 277 ypg, but his TD-to-INT ratio is
 even at 3-3, and he has been sacked a whopping 10 times. Lyle McCombs heads
 the rushing attack, but with only 129 yards and a TD, while Phillips used last
 week's performance to catapult into the team receiving lead with 15 catches
 for 255 yards and three scores.
 
 Smallwood already has 30 tackles on the season, twice as many as his closest
 teammate, and the Huskies have garnered four takeaways but have yet to record
 a sack. They are being steam rolled to the tune of 212.5 rushing ypg.
 
 
 
 09/18 11:01:17 ET

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