Report Card: UConn Vs. Buffalo

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Buffalo beats Uconn 41-12…Huskies 0-4 for the first time since 1991

Defense

Defensive line: It barely got pressure on quarterback Joe Licata ((10 of 19, 177 yards, three touchdowns, one interception) and it helped cure the ills of a running game that itself considered struggling, averaging around 95 yards a game. Branden Oliver rushed for 90 yards on 23 carries and James Potts added another 39 on 13 carries. The defense did hold the Bulls below 200 yards rushing which is somewhat of victory since they did it only once in the previous three games (Michigan). Youth and inexperience has been showing here, too. D

Linebackers: Yawin Smallwood (game-high 12 tackles) plays in beast mode all game, all the time, which is fine but by his own admission – and our eyes – he could be better. He could certainly do a better job of lifting the guys around him to his level of play. Ryan Donohue and Jefferson Ashiru combined for eight tackles? D

Secondary: Solid cornerbacks Byron Jones and Jhavon Williams were both torched for touchdowns. The safeties, Ty-Meer Brown (11 tackles) and Obi Melifonwu are really good players. They’re good in run support and coverage but the corners have to get better. C minus

Offense

Line: No words need be spoken F

Quarterback: It’s time for a change here. Chandler Whitmer (10 of 24, 182 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions including another Pick 6), has had some kind of turnover in 15 of the 16 games he’s started and way too many have been killers. A change here and now might inject a bit of optimism into the unit as whole heading into conference play. F

Running back: It’s not all on these guys. They need help. They run hard and haven’t turned it over. Now they can certainly be better, sure, but if they had a little help, they probably would be. F

Wide receiver/tight end: The offense has missed Shakim Phillips (hamstring) the past two games. Geremy Davis (5×102) needs to get the ball more regardless. What was up with John Green getting stopped short on the two-point conversion? Tight ends Sean McQuillan (2×27), Spencer Parker (0×0), Elijah Norris (1×8) should get the ball more, too  C

Special Teams

Punter Cole Wagner had a 41.2-yard average which is a little more like it for him. Chad Christen hit field goals from 33 and 37 yards. His third kick was blocked and he didn’t get any more chances. The kickoff return team allowed Devin Campbell 128 yards on four returns including a 51-yarder. The unit didn’t cover well on those, obviously

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