That was a good and much-needed win for the Huskies at No.19 Louisville. UConn improves to 5-6, 2-4 in the Big East.
Let’s get to the report card….
Well 241 yards are hardly what you would call ideal when the offense on the other side averages 33 points and 400 yards a game but the great neutralizer is when 133 yards go to the opposing running back – that’s big -was big Saturday for Lyle McCombs.
Chandler Whitmer (7 of 21, 72 yards, one pick) and Johnny McEntee (2 of 27 20 yards and a TD) did what they could against a front that brought pressure quite a bit in the passing game. Whitmer was fortunate not to get picked off a couple times. McEntee, too. His TD pass to Shakim Phillips in the second OT was a big play in the game obviously but 9 for 28 for 92 yards for the two of them? The numbers suggest a lower grade but it’s hard to go lower with the crucial McEntee TD pass C
McCombs got his 133 on 29 carries. That’s 4.6 yards per carry. That’s pretty good. The sophomore ran well but he also ran hard looking to turn nothing into something and there were more than a few times where he did that. This makes two 100-yard games in a row for McCombs and three on the season. He ran like the McCombs we saw a lot of – last year…B plus
Wide Receiver/Tight End
Nick Williams’ end around touchdown in the second quarter was needed but so were some of the balls he dropped early on. He’ll rebound from that. Shak Phillips got his first TD at UConn in an OT game against a ranked team on the road. It wasn’t wide out type of day though overall. The passing game wasn’t happenin’. Tight end John Delahunt was the top receiver with 2×36. After that it was McCombs (2×32). C
For the second consecutive game the Huskies have shown they may be figuring things out in terms of what teams are doing to do them and what they need to do. It’s been a struggle and like the last game they didn’t maintain consistency coming out of the lockerroom in the second half, only in pockets, during the OTs, too, they got back on track. C plus
Williams got smothered whenever he touched the ball here. By contrast, the Cardinals almost broke a couple punts. The UConn coverage units need to shore up. But there was that Chad Christen fella. B
It gave up 401 yards but held Louisville to three less points than the Huskies had – that’s what mattered
Lots of picks left on that field Saturday. The coverage for the most part was good. Dwayne Gratz (11 tackles) was solid early. Blidi Wreh-Wilson was solid all the way and most especially late with the interception that set up Christen’s game-winning kick. B
Boy did Sio Moore (five tackles, 1 ½ for loss and a pass breakup), Yawin Smallwood )11 tackles, two for loss)and Jory Johnson (11 tackles) do work. B plus
How good were Trevardo Williams (three sacks), Julian Campenni (one) and Ryan Wirth (six tackles and a sack)? This unit as a whole was good in shutting down the run and once the run was shut down, and Louisville abandoned it like it pretty much did, it was focus on Teddy Bridgewater time which the Huskies spent a lot of time doing. B