EAST HARTFORD CT - NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Randy Edsall of the Connecticut Huskies directs his players in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats on November 27 2010 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford Connecticut. The Huskies defeated the Bearcats 38-17. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Chandler Whitmer and the UConn Huskies (1-1) will do battle with an old friend, former head coach Randy Edsall, and the Maryland Terrapins (2-0) at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon at Byrd Stadium in College Park, MD (SNY, UConn IMG).
Randy Edsall helped the UConn Huskies' football program reach new heights when he led them to a BCS Bowl two seasons ago, but that's all in the past. Now, Edsall is looking to send the Huskies home winless when his Maryland Terrapins host Connecticut on Saturday in the first meeting since Edsall took the head coaching job in College Park, MD.
Edsall took UConn to new height during his coaching tenure with the Huskies, leading them to a 74-70 record overall and five bowl game appearances, setting school records for most games coached and most victories in the process. Since taking over at Maryland, Edsall has compiled a 4-10 record entering Saturday.
Edsall's loss wasn't too hard to bear for the Huskies, who landed the all-time winnigest coach in Big East history, former Syracuse head man Paul Pasqualoni, to head the football program. In just over one season at UConn, Pasqualoni has guided the Huskies to a 6-8 record after going 5-7 last season, barely missing out on a bowl game.
Connecticut began the season with a 37-0 stomping of the UMass Minutemen in their first ever FBS game, but fell short in a low scoring affair to N.C. State last weekend, 10-7. Chandler Whitmer, in his first season as an FBS quarterback, has shown flashes of talent but has thrown five interceptions and zero touchdowns this season. Lyle McCombs, meanwhile, is up to his usual tricks, rushing for 142 yards and two scores in two contests this year.
Maryland has won its first two games of the 2012 season, defeating William & Mary, 7-6, in the season opener and edging out Temple, 36-27. Perry Hills threw for 190 yards and two scores and Justus Pickett rushed for 69 yards and a score to pace the Terrapins. Marcus Leak also had three grabs for 90 yards for Maryland.
Through two games this year, the Huskies' defense is ranked No. 3 in the nation in total and scoring defense and features the nation's best rush defense.
Connecticut is a three-point favorite over Maryland entering Saturday afternoon's game.