Preview: Connecticut at Southern Methodist

When: 3:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 16, 2013
Where: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas


Connecticut turns to a redshirt freshman at quarterback in an effort to pick up its first win of the season Saturday at Southern Methodist. Casey Cochran will be under center for the Huskies, their third starting quarterback in a difficult season. Junior Chandler Whitmer and freshman Tim Boyle each started four games, combining for five touchdowns and 14 interceptions, including three by Boyle in a 31-10 loss to Louisville on Nov. 8.

The Mustangs saw their bid for a third straight victory thwarted last Saturday at Cincinnati, which scored 28 straight points in the middle quarters to earn a 28-25 win. Connecticut and Southern Methodist will be meeting for the first time as members of the American Athletic Conference. Their only prior encounter in 1989 resulted in a wild affair in which the Mustangs rallied from 13 points down in the final seven minutes and scored the game-winning touchdown on the final play of the game to secure a 31-30 victory.

TV: 3 p.m. ET, ESPN3. LINE: Southern Methodist -15

ABOUT CONNECTICUT (0-8, 0-4 AAC): Interim head coach T.J. Weist simply said that Cochran gives his team the best chance to win, something that has not happened since Nov. 24, 2012, at Louisville. The last time the team was even in a game was Oct. 12, when it fell to South Florida 13-10. Cochran came off the bench to complete 6-of-9 passes for 66 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Cardinals earlier this month.

ABOUT SOUTHERN METHODIST (3-5, 2-2): The Mustangs have had no such issues at the quarterback position, as Garrett Gilbert continued his stellar senior campaign with 403 yards and a pair of touchdowns at Cincinnati. Gilbert enters ranked seventh in FBS in passing yards and has 13 touchdowns against just one interception over his last four games. Gilbert has often needed to sling the ball as much as possible to keep up with a defense that gives up 40.3 points per game, 115th among FBS teams entering the weekend.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Huskies have allowed an average of 48 points on the road.

2. Gilbert leads all FBS teams in total offense with an average of 409.4 yards.

3. The only winless campaign in Connecticut history was 1932, when the team went 0-6-2.

PREDICTION: Southern Methodist 38, Connecticut 24

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Connecticut 0-8 L8 15.6 34.6 0-5 0-3 0-6 0-0 0-4
Southern Methodist 3-5 L1 31.8 40.2 2-2 1-3 0-2 0-0 2-2

Last Meeting

Connecticut Southern Methodist
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/16/89 CONN 30 SMU 31 0 0 0 0 0 0

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CONN N/A
SMU N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CONN N/A
SMU N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CONN N/A
SMU N/A
TDs Player TD
CONN N/A
SMU N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CONN C. Whitmer 54.6 896 5 6
SMU G. Gilbert 66.0 3037 17 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CONN L. McCombs 112 496 4.4 4
SMU G. Gilbert 75 238 3.2 6
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CONN G. Davis 41 620 15.1 0
SMU J. Johnson 75 854 11.4 4
TDs Player TD
CONN L. McCombs 5
SMU G. Gilbert 6

Quickchart Matchup

Connecticut Off vs  Southern Methodist Def
287.8 yards
450.5 yards
2.4 yards/rush
3.9 yards/rush
5.9 yards/attempt
8.1 yards/attempt
Southern Methodist Off vs  Connecticut Def
484.2 yards
395.2 yards
3.7 yards/rush
4 yards/rush
7.1 yards/attempt
8.5 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Connecticut Overall Southern Methodist
0-8-0 W/L 3-5-0
2-6-0 ATS 3-5-0
5-3-0 O/U 6-2-0
15.6 Pts For 31.8
34.6 Pts Against 40.2
Connecticut A/H Southern Methodist
0-3 W/L 2-2
0-3-0 ATS 1-3-0
3-0-0 O/U 4-0-0
15.0 Pts For 41.2
48.0 Pts Against 43.8