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UConn's 40-10 loss to Syracuse bodes well for USF and the Bulls' running game, which had 369 yards against Syracuse, which in turn rushed for 251 against UConn. The Huskies receivers have only two touchdowns this season, with tight ends accounting for the other five.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
USF vs. Connecticut, 7, ESPNU, 98.7-FM, 1010-AM
Again, there's optimism for USF (2-6, 0-4 Big East) ending its six-game losing streak. The Huskies (3-5, 0-3) have 27 points in their past three games and haven't scored more than 24 in any game against a Division I-A opponent this year. USF, meanwhile, has scored 25-plus in four of its past five losses. Could this be the game in which the Bulls get their first interception of the season? UConn QB Chandler Whitmer, left, has thrown a league-high 11 interceptions this season, but just one in 80 attempts the past two games. From 2007 to 2011, no Big East team had fewer than seven interceptions in any season. USF is happy to know Dave Taggert, who beat the Bulls with two last-second field goals, is gone. His replacement, Chad Christen, is 1-for-6 on field goals 40 yards and longer. With 61 rushing yards, USF senior Demetris Murray will become the first Bulls running back to reach 500 yards in three consecutive seasons.