Mistakes. Mistakes. Mistakes.
It's what cost the UConn Huskies yet again.
The Louisville Cardinals turned six UConn turnovers into 24 points on their way to 31-10 win in front of 27,104 and a nationally television audience at a chilly Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT on Friday night.
UConn falls to 0-8 (0-4 American) while Louisville improves to 8-1 (4-1).
The Cardinals came in with one of the top defenses in the country. And you could see it. Although early, UConn had success moving the ball. But a Martin Hyppolite fumble changed things for both teams.
Louisville brought pressure on Tim Boyle all night long. At most, Boyle might have had three seconds to pass the ball. As a true freshman quarterback, that's almost impossible to do anything with.
And you expected the Cardinals to mix things up with a true freshman signal caller for the Huskies. They did that. The pressure came from the front four, it came from linebackers disguising their blitzes. It came from about everywhere. I'm guessing if Charlie Strong had a uniform on it would have come from him too.
You could see the talent level between the two teams.
The Cardinals have playmakers and as we know, the Huskies don't. Louisville have them on both sides of the ball. UConn doesn't.
They were just too fast for UConn's defense. And I didn't think the Huskies played all that bad on D. They just didn't make the big plays when they needed too on both sides of the ball.
And when you don't make big plays and make major mistakes, you're going to lose.
And until UConn figures out how to stop making them, they could possibly be on their way to an 0-12 season. And their third head coach since Randy Edsall left for Maryland.
CON – 14:54 – Chad Christen 35 Yd Field Goal
LOU – 10:12 – DeVante Parker 28 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (John Wallace Kick)
LOU – 02:18 – Senorise Perry 5 Yd Run (John Wallace Kick)
LOU – 00:18 – Terell Floyd 17 Yd Interception Return (John Wallace Kick)
LOU – 08:45 – John Wallace 35 Yd Field Goal
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Offensive Player of the Game:
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater was 21-of-37 for 288 yards and a touchdown. He did have one interception and most likely would have broken 300 yards receiving had his receivers not dropped numerous balls.
Defensive Player of the Game:
Louisville's Marcus Smith had seven tackles including two sacks for a loss 23 yards. He also had a forced fumble.
Turning Point(s) of the Game:
Pick a turnover, any turnover.
Tim Boyle was inefficient again as he was 14-of-29 for 113 yards. He had three interceptions and was sacked five times. Casey Cochran picked up another garbage time touchdown going 6-of-9 for 66 yards. Max Delorenzo led the Huskies with 38 yards rushing. Lyle McCombs added 30 yards. Geremy Davis led the Huskies with six catches for 76 yards. Brian Lemelle had three catches for 11 yards. Kamal Abrams had two catches for 19 yards and a touchdown.
Yawin Smallwood had 10 tackles to lead the Huskies. He also had two pass breakups. David Stevenson, Byron Jones and Jefferson Ashiru all had six tackles with Jones breaking up two passes. Andrew Adams had the interception off of Bridgewater and Jesse Joseph had the only sack of him.
Special Teams Notes:
Chad Christen made his only field goal attempt and extra point. Cole Wagner had a punt blocked that was returned for touchdown. He averaged 43.5 yards on the six punts he got off with one downed inside the 20 by Noel Thomas at the Louisville 1 yard line.
Ty-Meer Brown missed the game with a stinger suffered in practice during the week.
Here are the postgame quotes from UConn interim head coach T.J. Weist and some of his players.
Here are the postgame quotes Louisville head coach Charlie Strong.
Here are the postgame notes courtesy of the UConn Athletic Communications Department.
- With the loss, UConn falls to 4-6 all-time against Louisville.
- UConn redshirt sophomore linebacker Jefferson Ashiru recorded his sixth and seventh tackles for loss in the game. Jefferson leads Connecticut in that category this season.
- Connecticut punter Cole Wagner had a punt blocked for the first time this season in the second quarter.
- UConn running back Max Delorenzo's 13 carries were the most in a game for the redshirt sophomore this season.
- DeLorenzo's 38 rushing yards tonight were the second most for him in a game this season. His two catches against Louisville were a season-high for him as well.
- Connecticut redshirt junior cornerback Byron Jones recorded his first tackle for loss of the season in the third quarter. He has 2.5 tackles for loss in his career.
- UConn redshirt sophomore safety Andrew Adams made his first career interception in the third quarter.
- In the fourth quarter, UConn redshirt senior defensive end Jesse Joseph recorded his first sack of the season. It was the 12th sack of his career.
- UConn redshirt sophomore linebacker Marquise Vann had his first tackle for loss as a Husky in the fourth quarter.
- Connecticut freshman quarterback Tim Boyle's 36-yard pass to Geremy Davis in the fourth quarter was the longest completion of his career.
- UConn junior wide receiver Kamal Abrams scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter, catching a 9-yard pass from Connecticut redshirt freshman quarterback Casey Cochran.
Here are Louisville's postgame notes.
AAC Games and Results:
Saturday, November 9
Cincinnati, 12 p.m.
Memphis, 4:30 p.m.
(21) UCF, 7 p.m.
Things to Work On:
At this point, does it really even matter. It's been 350 days and counting since UConn last won.
UConn hits the road and heads to the Lone Star State for a matchup next Saturday with the SMU Mustangs. Kick is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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