NORMAN â€” Connecticut doesn't exactly have the staunchest of football traditions. And Oklahoma and Connecticut have never met on the gridiron before.
So The Oklahoman quizzed Sooner defensive end Jeremy Beal, receiver Ryan Broyles, safety Quinton Carter, guard Gabe Ikard, quarterback Landry Jones, running back DeMarco Murray, safety Jonathan Nelson and wide receiver Kenny Stills to see what they actually know about their upcoming Fiesta Bowl opponent.
The top students were Ikard, Jones and Nelson, who each got seven of the 10 questions correct.
1. What is Connecticut's mascot?
Beal, Carter, Ikard, Jones and Stills correctly answered â€œHuskies.â€ Murray was close, but had Nebraska still on his mind, guessing â€œHuskers.â€ Nelson initially said â€œHuskersâ€ but quickly recovered with the right answer. We gave him credit. Broyles didn't have any idea.
2. Oklahoma is referred to as OU. What is Connecticut usually referred to?
All eight players got â€œUConnâ€ right.
3. What conference does UConn play in?
All eight got â€œBig Eastâ€ correct.
4. What are UConn's official colors?
All eight were close enough. Nitpicking, Beal, Ikard, Jones, Nelson and Stills were most right with â€œblue and white.â€ Murray went with â€œnavy blue.â€ Carter said â€œNavy blue, silver, white.â€ Broyles answered with â€œblue and gray.â€
5. Who is their coach?
Randy Edsall needs a better publicist because nobody got this one right. Only Murray ventured an actual guess with â€œisn't it like Al something?â€ which was actually not that far off. Al Golden, who last week took a job with Miami, coached Temple to victory over UConn this season. Nelson declared he knew Edsall's face but couldn't place the name. Stills didn't know who coached UConn football, but correctly offered up the name of the women's basketball coach: â€œGeno Auriemma.â€
6. What is the name of their All-American running back?
Jordan Todman might need to borrow Edsall's publicist. No player got this right, either. Ikard was in the ballpark with â€œTodson.â€ So was Nelson with â€œTodd Doorman.â€ Both Nelson and Stills did know he wore No. 23.
7. What sport is UConn known for?
The Sooner players watch their â€œbasketball.â€ All eight were on the money here. Ikard, Murray and Stills took it a step further, noting â€œwomen's basketball.â€
8. What town is the campus located?
Maybe this question (the answer is Storrs, East Hartford would have been accepted too since Rentschler Field is there) was too hard. No one could even name a city in Connecticut. Ikard said â€œNew Something,â€ perhaps with New Haven in mind. Jones remembered that girlfriend Whitney Hand played there when she was a freshman on the Sooner women's basketball team, but he couldn't â€œremember where it's at.â€
9, 10. Name one team UConn beat and one team UConn lost to this season.
Ikard, Jones, Murray and Nelson were the winners here. Murray remembered the Huskies had lost to Temple and beaten South Florida in the season finale to clinch the Big East. Ikard correctly recalled UConn had defeated West Virginia, but lost to Rutgers. Jones got South Florida right as a UConn win, and Louisville correct as a loss. And Nelson accurately said the Huskies beat Cincinnati and lost the opener at Michigan. Beal, Carter and Stills got one of the two questions right. Broyles capitulated, admitting â€œI don't know their schedule.â€