- Associated Press - Friday, October 7, 2011

MORGANTOWN, W.VA. (AP) - West Virginia first-year coach Dana Holgorsen only has to look at the tape of last year’s game to realize no rousing speeches will be necessary before the Mountaineers play Connecticut on Saturday.

The turnover-filled overtime loss ended the Mountaineers’ BCS hopes, and reliving the pain was all the nudging the players needed this time around.

Heading into their Big East opener, things are different for No. 16 West Virginia (4-1) and Connecticut (2-3).

West Virginia is outscoring opponents nearly 2-1 and the Mountaineers are keeping the mistakes to a minimum.

The Huskies are a year removed from their Fiesta Bowl appearance but lost to non-BCS school Western Michigan last week under first-year coach Paul Pasqualoni.

(This version CORRECTS reference to UConn losing to Fordham)

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