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, '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 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, Conn.
"I just got put in a bad situation," McCombs said. "I could have handled it better, but it is what it is. I apologized for my mistake."
Rutgers has won six of the last eight meetings with UConn, but lost last year's game 40-22.
"Last year we got blindsided," defensive tackle Scott Vallone said.