Line: I actually thought this unit was a little better than last week. Tim Boyle was sacked twice. It gave Casey Cochran time against the UCF reserves. Tough day for the running game. The Huskies couldn’t really establish anything here because they fell into an 18-point hole after the first quarter and when they did run it it wasn’t very good with the exception of one play. D
Quarterback: Tim Boyle was 7 of 21 for 47 yards two interceptions and two sacks. Casey Cochran came in midway through the third and was 7 of 11 for 95 yards and the TD pass to Brian Lemelle against the UCF reserves. Cochran looked good, comfortable. Boyle had his moments that weren’t good but there are signs he is the answer. Better protection and better pieces around him will help him immensely but there are some things he can work on now – like bringing the ball down. Throws are still too high. D
Running back: You have to feel bad for this group. They want to go but either the line or the Huskies being so down on the scoreboard pushes them out of focus. It’s too bad. Lyle McCombs had 88 yards on 14 carries including a 57-yard burst on one carry. So 13 carries went for 31 yards. C minus
Wide receivers/tight end: UCF did defensively what UConn should have done to UCF: put pressure on the QB and lock down the receivers on every pass play to force bad throws, interceptions and sacks. Geremy Davis had eight catches for 140 yards last week? Eight different Huskies caught passes against UCF and combined for 14 receptions and 142 yards with reserve Brian Lemelle doing the most damage (3×81) including a 46-yard scamper for a touchdown late. The top guys could have done a better job at trying to get open. No catch for the tight end. D
Line: UCF running back Storm Johnson (9×28) was held in check although he had rushing (10 yards) and receiving (7) touchdowns in the first quarter. The Knights still rushed for 176 yards as a team. Second week in a row no quarterbacks sacks for the unit but Tim Willman (7), Shamar Stephen (7) and Julian Campenni (6) were among the top five tacklers. So they were working. D
Linebackers: For, perhaps the first time this season, this unit was a non-factor and Yawin Smallwood who came into the game as one of the nations leading tacklers wasn’t his usual self. F
Secondary: Ty-Meer Brown led the team in tackles with 12, in fact he led everybody on both teams. He does an excellent job, for the most part in run support but this unit had another awful outing. Blake Bortles goes 20 of 24 for 286 and four TDs plus another rushing? He’s good. He looked like Joe Montana Saturday because the Huskies let him. The corners struggled to stay with the receivers and Bortles put the ball right on them. Not sure what was up on the two personal fouls on Obi Melifonwu on the Knights first two drives but they didn’t help the team at all. F
Punting/kicking Cole Wagner averaged 45 yards on five punts and Chad Christen connected on a 40-yard field goal. It was the only shot he had at one all day and the first kick from 40 or above he’s made this season (1-6). The coverage units cracked a little but UCF is not bad in the return game. The Huskies have nothing and haven’t had anything in the return game for a while now, which is too bad because the offense could use the help.