STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The annual game between Rutgers and Connecticut had been developing into an entertaining regional rivalry, with seven contests in the last dozen years decided by a touchdown or less.
But Saturday’s game in East Hartford will be the final one between the two programs as conference foes. Rutgers is leaving the American Athletic Conference for the Big Ten next season, and that has added a little motivation to this game for both teams.
“It is a big deal,” said UConn quarterback Casey Cochran. “It’s a big deal for our fans, it’s a big deal for our team. But if you think too much about those extra details, you can trip yourself up a bit.”
Connecticut (1-9, 1-5 American) is playing mostly for pride. The Huskies are looking to win their second consecutive game after an 0-9 start.
Rutgers, which has lost two in a row, is…
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