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Report Card: UConn Vs. Pittsburgh

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UConn got a much-needed 24-17 win over Pittsburgh at Rentschler Field Friday night.

The Huskies squandered at 24-0 first half lead though and have now been outscored 76-3 in the second halves of ballgames since Week 4 – but they won and as previously mentioned it was a much needed win. Anyway, onto the report card.

Defense

Held Pitt to 121 yards in the first half, huge with a productive offense to boot. Pitt blew up in the second half and finished with 350 total yards but the Panthers were a one-dimensional team all night and those are a little easier to defend – a little.

Line: Tailback Ray Graham was held to 41 yards on 15 carries and from the looks of things he probably took a couple dings home, too. UConn gave that kid some shot’s Friday and he took ‘em but it didn’t help the Panthers. Quarterback Tino Sunseri was sacked three times with Tim Willman getting to him once ( you know, Willman is really starting to show himself on that line). Now UConn let Sunseri pull a couple Houdinis but he does that to a lot of teams. Bottom line, the line did well but will have to be better against Louisville. For now the unit gets a B

Linebackers: Yawin Smallwood (nine tackles), Sio Moore (six tackles, two sacks) and Jory Johnson (six tackles) were monsters against Pitt. Moore almost pulled off an unable play with a bat down of a Sunseri pass in the end zone where he almost made the interception, too. Moore had a shot at one or two more as well. This unit is one of the best around when all three of these guys are on top of their games B plus Continue reading