What’s goin on?
Here’s UConn Coach Bob Diaco…
“We need to eliminate plays that cause losing,” Diaco said. “After 15 practices if we can have an understanding of the plays that cause losing then effort to eliminate the plays cause losing…. what are losing plays? Turnovers, penalties, long runs and passes. Those are things that are just not necessary that we can eliminate from the game so if we can get those things done through this spring those will be great things to do.”
The Huskies were tied for 96th in the nation (Duke, Utah and Kansas State) in turnovers lost with 25 – seven fumbles, 18 interceptions. They were actually one of the least penalized teams in the country with 4.6 per game in which UConn was tied for 28th nationally (Florida Atlantic, Utah).
Towson gashed the Huskies with big plays here and there in the 33-18 Week 1 loss last year and it may have been a sign of things to come.
Game 1: Towson: Sterlin Phifer scored on a 23-yard catch and run. Former Husky Leon Kinnard had a big 39-yard catch to set up another score. Terrance West who rushed for over 150 had a 23-yard run and Brian Dowling had a 45-yard catch.
Game 2 Maryland: QB C.J. Brown bursts up the middle for a 41-yard score. Tied the game at 7 in the second quarter. Terps win 32-21
Game 3: Michigan: RB Fitz Toussaint romps for a 31-yard score to pull Michigan to within 21-14 in a game the Wolverines trailed 21-7 but would go on to win, 24-21.
Game 4: Buffalo: Consistent gashing here and Alex Nuetz hauled in a 54-yarder on the Bulls ensuing drive after the Huskies pulled to within 14-6. And he caught a 22-yarder for a touchdown on the next drive to stretch the Bulls lead to 28-6 en route to a 41-12 trouncing of the Huskies that led to the firing of Paul Pasqualoni, the hiring of interim coach T.J. Weist and the ultimate hiring of the Huskies’ current head coach, Diaco. Interestingly enough, the quarterback coach who has molded Joe Licata into a fine passer is now on the staff at UConn, Don Patterson, a mentor to Daco.
Game 5: South Florida: Not a lot of offense here but a critical fumble led to a 44-yard touchdown in the Bulls 13-10 win at the Rent.
Game 6: Cincinnati: Brendon Kay’s four touchdown passes went for 41, 32, 27 and 28 yards and Hosey Williams had a 30-yard rush. Bearcats win 41-16.
Game 7: Central Florida: Six ball carriers had at least one rush for over 12 yards. Six receivers caught passes for 12 or more yards, four caught them for 20 or more and two caught them for 50 or more. Huskies hit for 72 yards worth of penalties in this one after being taxed eight times. Knights win 62-17.
Game 8: Louisville: Teddy Bridgewater connected on passes of 28 twice, once for a touchdown, 35 and 31 yards and let him get off a 20-yard run too in a 31-10 loss.
Game 9: SMU: Three receptions of 20 or more, one over 50, two rushes over 20 including one by quarterback Garrett Gilbert who torched the Huskies for 353 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-21 loss in Dallas pushing the Huskies record to 0-9.
They would win their next three over Temple, Rutgers, and Memphis to close out 2013…