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Jamison, No. 22 Rutgers beat UConn 19-3

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Jamison, No. 22 Rutgers beat UConn 19-3

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

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

``If you could bottle today's game, you'd have Rutgers football,'' coach Kyle Flood said.

Jawan Jamison ran for 110 yards for the 22nd-ranked Scarlet Knights and Wayne Warren returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to leave no doubt about the outcome.

The Scarlet Knights (5-0, 2-0 Big East) are off to their best start since 2006, and they avenged a bitter loss to the Huskies that ended last regular season and kept Rutgers from sharing the conference title.

Jamison ran it 28 times and recorded his sixth straight 100-yard game and Gary Nova hooked up with Mark Harrison on a 14-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter.

Warren put it away with 3:44 left in the fourth when he grabbed a pass down the middle from Chandler Whitmer, and then darted 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, `Fine 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 today.''

Warren pushed across the goal line with some help from his teammates.

``When you can make teams one dimensional, that's what happens,'' Flood said. ``It's like an avalanche.''

UConn benched leading rusher Lyle McCombs for the first quarter after he was arrested and charged with second-degree breaching the peace on Friday. He finished with 32 yards on 12 carries and the Huskies (3-3, 0-1) were held to their worst scoring output since getting shut out by Louisville in the middle of the 2010 season.

``We had a hard time stopping their slotting and angling up front,'' UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni said. ``Had a hard time finishing our blocks. We have to be able to run the ball better, more efficiently.''

McCombs is accused of yelling, pushing and spitting at his girlfriend during an argument outside a dorm in Storrs.

Rutgers has won six of the last eight meetings, but lost last year's game 40-22.

``Last year we got blindsided,'' defensive tackle Scott Vallone, who anchored a defense that held UConn to 53 yards rushing, and 244 yards total.

Not this year. Rutgers hadn't played since winning at Arkansas 35-26 two weeks ago. Nova and the offense led the way in Fayetteville, but this was more like it for the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers, which came in ranked No. 1 in the country in rush defense, forced five turnovers, committed only one and held the ball for 32 minutes.

``Stop the run, turnovers. All the things that we've done around here and what we've pride ourselves on,'' Vallone said.

The Scarlet Knights, unveiling new black uniforms with red trim to go with silver helmets, seemed intent on letting their defense keep them undefeated against a UConn team that was second-to-last in the Big East in total offense.

Linebackers Khaseem Greene and Steve Beauharnais were all over UConn's runners, and the Huskies couldn't keep Rutgers blitzes from forcing Whitmer to hurry his throws. Greene also had an interception late in the fourth quarter.

Rutgers chipped away offensively with Jamison running tough against a defense that had only been allowing 74 yards per game on the ground. Nova rarely went downfield but finished 18 for 27 for 157 yards.

The Scarlet Knights' first drive of the second half was the best of the game for either team, an 84-yarder on nine plays, highlighted by Jamison's 28-yard run and capped when Harrison slipped a couple of tacklers and reached into the end zone with 9:09 left to make it 13-3.

Rutgers turned two first-quarter turnovers by UConn into two field goals by Kyle Federico in a span of 3:15.

Logan Ryan intercepted Whitmer's pass at the Huskies 45 and that led to Federico's 45-yarder and a 3-0 lead.

Whitmer finished 14 of 32 for 191 yards with four interceptions.

On the ensuing kickoff, Nick Williams was stripped by Tejay Johnson and Jamal Merrell recovered for Rutgers at UConn's 29. After Jamison's 18-yard touchdown run was called back for holding, Federico booted through a 31-yarder.

UConn put together one solid drive in the first half, going 43 yards on 10 plays behind the running of McCombs and backup quarterback Scott McCummings. The drive stalled inside the 5 and Chad Christen kicked a 19-yard field goal to make it 6-3.

``We have to do a better job of capitalizing,'' McCombs said. ``It's nothing they did it's what we did. We didn't get it done.''

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.

REDSKINS vs. JETS, PRESEASON WEEK 2

Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy

REDSKINS vs. PATRIOTS TV SCHEDULE:

5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live

REDSKINS 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 

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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

Marcell Ozuna homered and Austin Gomber tossed six shutout innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

St. Louis has won a season-high eight straight. The Cardinals, who are 18-9 since the All-Star break, captured their sixth successive series after taking the first three of the four-game set.

Daniel Murphy homered in the ninth for Washington, which has lost four in a row and seven of nine to fall below .500 and nine games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The current skid began with a loss to the Cubs on a two-out, walk-off grand slam.

Ozuna homered in the second inning, his 14th of the season and his first since July 30.

Gomber (3-0), in his fourth start of the year, gave up three hits, struck out six and walked four.

Bud Norris pitched the ninth to pick up his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.

Harrison Bader and Yadier Molina added run-scoring hits for St. Louis, which improved to 19-9 since Mike Matheny was fired and replaced by interim manager Mike Shildt.

St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter extended his on-base streak to 33 games with a walk in the fifth. It's the longest current streak in the majors. Carpenter left the game in the seventh after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Matt Grace, but X-rays were negative.

Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) left in the fifth inning after colliding with Bader on a play at the plate following a wild pitch. Hellickson gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Bader, who had three hits, also made a diving catch of a liner off the bat of Bryce Harper in the fourth.

The Cardinals, who have an NL-best 12-2 mark in August, remain one game behind Philadelphia for the second wild card spot. They are four games behind Chicago in the NL Central.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg threw a simulated game on Wednesday. He threw around 70 pitches and could be ready to return early next week, manager Dave Martinez said.

Cardinals: LHP Brett Cecil was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. Cecil, who had been sidelined with inflammation in his right foot, pitched four scoreless innings in four appearances with Triple-A Memphis. LHP Tyler Webb was optioned to Memphis.

UP NEXT

RHP Tanner Roark (7-12, 4.12) will face RHP Luke Weaver (6-10, 4.66) in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday. Roark has won his last four decision, Weaver is 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA in nine career games against NL East foes.