Rutgers' formula a winner

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Grinding offense and suffocating defense, with a big play or two sprinkled in here and there.

That's the Rutgers way, and it worked perfectly in a 19-3 victory Saturday against Connecticut that was anything but pretty but totally effective.

"If you could bottle (Saturday's) game, you'd have Rutgers football," coach Kyle Flood said.

Jawan Jamison ran for 110 yards and Wayne Warren returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the No. 22 Scarlet Knights.

The Scarlet Knights have won their first five, their best start since 9-0 in 2006. They also avenged a loss to the Huskies that kept Rutgers from sharing the conference title last year.

Jamison ran 28 times for his sixth straight 100-yard game, and Gary Nova hit Mark Harrison for a 14-yard TD early in the third quarter.

Warren put the game away with 3:44 left, grabbing a pass down the middle from Chandler Whitmer, then darting through would-be tacklers toward the end zone. "I used to be a quarterback in high school," Warren said. "My offensive instinct kicked in. I caught the ball, and I was just (thinking), 'Find a hole, find a hole, make a play.' I was really good at it in high school, so I guess it paid off for me (Saturday)."

UConn benched leading rusher Lyle McCombs for the first quarter after he was arrested and charged with second-degree breaching the peace Friday during an argument with his girlfriend. He finished with 32 yards on 12 carries.

"We had a hard time stopping their slotting and angling up front," UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni said.

Cincy 52, Miami (Ohio) 14: Camerron Cheatham returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown, and quarterback Munchie Legaux had a hand in three scores to lead the host Bearcats. Cincinnati has won the past seven in the oldest nonconference series in the nation. Cheatham's interception put the Bearcats ahead to stay. The RedHawks had four turnovers, including a season-high three interceptions thrown by Zac Dysert. Legaux had touchdown passes of 11 and 19 yards, and ran 1 yard for a score.

Rutgers' formula a winner 10/06/12 [Last modified: Sunday, October 7, 2012 12:21am]

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