Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers' defense and special teams showed they can carry the Scarlet Knights when running back Ray Rice and the rest of the offense can't.
With the nation's second-leading rusher held in check by Connecticut (3-5), the No. 15 Scarlet Knights (8-0) held off the Huskies 24-13 Sunday night to remain one of the nation's six undefeated teams.
Rice scored on a five-yard run on the first drive of the game, Manny Collins returned a fumble 11 yards for a score, and Quintero Frierson scored on a blocked punt in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Rutgers can now turn its attention to its showdown with No. 5 Louisville a week from Thursday.