Cincinnati beat UConn 34-17 at Rentschler Field Saturday in dominating fashion. The Bearcats were the better team and the more physical team. The Huskies end the 2012 season 5-7, 2-5 again, so no bowl game this year, either. Huskies missed two in a row in 2005 and ’06 as well.
Let’s get to the final report card of the season…
Out-gained Cincinnati 373-356 but the Huskies had to throw the ball quite a bit because they trailed the whole game…
Line: Lyle McCombs had 60 yards rushing ion 21 carries and Chandler Whitmer was sacked four times. No recipe for success in there. D
Quarterback: Whitmer (16 of 31, 264 yards one TD, one interception) was rusty early but did what he could. Johnny McEntee (7 of 16, 73 yards 2 INTs) was not sharp, had a couple of costly picks. C minus
Running back: McCombs 21×60? Hey, he ran hard. He didn’t have a lot of help. What few holes there were the Bearcats closed quickly. C
Receivers: Shak Phillips (7×93) had a nice game, Mike Smith (3×54) had a 51-yard scamper, Geremy Davis had five catches for 46 yards. Nick Williams had two catches for 38 yards but could have had more. This unit was OK Saturday. B
Tight ends: Griffin (2×85, 1 TD) and John Delahunt (1×3) are usually pretty solid and they were Saturday B plus
Special Teams: Tough break with hip flexor for K Chad Christen. That may have been a sign during the week things were not going to go well but freshman Bobby Puyol hit his lone attempt, 40 yards and made the PATs. His redshirt was burned but what other alternative did the Huskies have? He’ll be redshirted next year. Nothing in the return games for the second consecutive week. The one return Nick Williams did break was called back by a penalty. One of the program’s most prolific returners is done. How will the Huskies make up for that? C
Bearcats offense drove and scored on the defense the first time in touched the ball in the first quarter and opened the second half the same way.
Line: Well it did a good job stuffing the run. George Winn was held to 70 yards on 22 carries but when Cincinnati needed a yard or needed to sustain a drive it was able to make a play. The defense is supposed to prevent some of that and it did just not so much when it really needed to. There were some injuries to deal with here, too, namely Trevardo Williams (ankle) C minus
Linebackers: Saw some pass coverage problems among the group. Jory Johnson and Yawin Smallwood had nine tackles apiece and Sio Moore (three) had the only sack of the game for the Huskies. Tough for this group to be as productive as it’s capable, the entire defense, really. C
Secondary: Saw some pass coverage problems among the group here, too. They had no luck defending the big tight end Travis Kelce. C minus