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USF (6-4, 1-4) vs. Connecticut (7-3, 3-2)
8 p.m., ESPN, 1250-AM
It's the final home game for 21 seniors, including a slew of likely starters: RB Ben Williams, OLs Ryan Schmidt, Matt Huners, Jake Griffin and Marc Dile, WRs Marcus Edwards and Taurus Johnson and TE Cedric Hill; DE Jarriett Buie, LB Tyrone McKenzie and Ss Carlton Williams and Louis Gachette. Another senior you might see is backup QB Grant Gregory, who would step in if starter Matt Grothe hasn't recovered enough from an ankle he sprained in last week's loss to Rutgers. … For all its struggles in losing four of five, USF still has the nation's No. 5 rush defense, allowing 89.4 yards per game. The challenge tonight: containing UConn's Donald Brown, who leads the nation at 153.7 yards per game, with 16 touchdowns. Brown seems to be wearing down — after going over 150 yards in six of his first eight games, he had 82 and 131 in his past two. … A win would lock up a postseason berth for USF, which is bowl eligible but could be left out of the Big East bowl picture if Rutgers finishes 7-5. Notre Dame's loss on Saturday helps the Bulls. … Last week's game against Rutgers had the smallest home crowd of the year, announced at 47,216; attendance has dropped off as USF has slumped.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer