Connecticut quarterback Johnny McEntee was a YouTube sensation with his passing tricks. Passing this season, however, has been a bit tricky for the 6-foot-3, 224-pound junior. WVU's Geno Smith has a better pass efficiency rating (147.96-118.99), completion percentage (64.8-50.4) and a better touchdown-to-interception rate (12-to-3 to 6-to-4). Also, Smith averages 341.8 passing yards to McEntee's 182.6.
Connecticut suffered a blow here when senior D.J. Shoemate, a transfer from Southern Cal, was lost for the season with a shoulder injury. So, like WVU, the Huskies are going with a freshman in Lyle McCombs, who is averaging 100.4 yards a game. Impressive. The story of the Big East last week, however, was WVU's Dustin Garrison, who rushed for a whopping 291 yards against Bowling Green.
If you're looking for Moore in your receiving corps, go to Connecticut. The leading two receivers are seniors Isiah Moore (52.8 yard average) and Kashif Moore (44). The former had 143 against Iowa State, while the latter had 112 against Western Michigan. But WVU just has, well, more. Tavon Austin is a star and Ivan McCartney is getting there. McCartney is now second on the team in receptions.
UConn suffered a setback when left tackle Jimmy Bennett was injured for the season. Still, the Huskies have plenty of experience in fine center Moe Petrus, now-left tackle Mike Ryan and junior right guard Adam Masters. Cross Lanes native Tyler Rader and his WVU line teammates have improved on pushing for the run and are protecting their quarterback better than the Huskies against better opponents.