Pathetic. Embarassing. Rock Bottom. Take your pick or add your own. But that's exactly what the UConn Huskies football team is and/or reached right now.
We all expected them to go 3-1 or at the very least 2-2 before starting conference play. But 0-4 is unacceptable.
The fourth loss of the season came on Saturday when they were spanked in their first road game 41-12 by the Buffalo Bulls in front of 20,952 at UB Stadium in Amherst, NY.
The Bulls improve to 2-2 as they enter MAC play.
It took all of three plays for Chandler Whitmer to turn the ball over as he was strip-sacked by Adam Redden who recovered it on the UConn 8. Four plays later, it was 7-0 Buffalo as their QB Joe Licata hit a wide open Mason Schreck for a five yard touchdown.
UConn bounced back and drove the ball down the field behind Geremy Davis and Deshon Foxx but the lack of running game killed them as the drive stalled at the UB 16 and they settled for a Chad Christen field goal.
The Huskies defense held UB to a three and out on the next series. But an ill advised pass by Whitmer cost them and cost them big as Najja Johnson picked him off at the 33 and took it back for a touchdown to push the lead to 14-3.
Starting the second quarter, UConn had the ball 1st and 10 at the Buffalo 10 but the run game was stopped yet again and Whitmer was sacked and yet again they had to settle for a field goal.
At this point, it was 14-6 and the Huskies weren't out of the game.
However, it took Buffalo just four plays to go 76 yards to go up 21-6. Then on the next series of downs, they blocked a Christen 48-yard field goal attempt and recovered it at the Huskies 33. Four plays later, Licata hit Alex Neutz for a 22 yard touchdown and basically closing the door on UConn.
The offense for UConn in the second half was pretty much the same. An interception by Whitmer here, a sack there, yadda yadda yadda.
The biggest thing I've noticed in the four games this season is that that either the players can't make the adjustments the coaches are giving them or the coaches aren't giving the players the right adjustments. I can't put my finger on which it is. Most likely it's a combination of both.
They've scored just 26 points in the second half of the four games while allowing 69 points. Hence one of the reasons they're 0-4.
Things need to change and change in a hurry in Storrs. We're already in for a long season and conference play hasn't even begun yet.
UB – 12:18 – Mason Schreck 5 Yd Pass From Joe Licata (Patrick Clarke Kick)
CON – 06:20 – Chad Christen 33 Yd Field Goal
UB – 02:16 – Najja Johnson 33 Yd Interception Return (Patrick Clarke Kick)
CON – 13:10 – Chad Christen 37 Yd Field Goal
UB – 11:17 – Branden Oliver 5 Yd Run (Patrick Clarke Kick)
UB – 06:28 – Alex Neutz 22 Yd Pass From Joe Licata (Patrick Clarke Kick)
CON – 03:54 – Lyle McCombs 2 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed)
UB – 05:21 – Patrick Clarke 49 Yd Field Goal
UB – 02:36 – Patrick Clarke 50 Yd Field Goal
UB – 10:29 – Fred Lee 36 Yd Pass From Joe Licata (Patrick Clarke Kick)
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Offensive Player of the Game:
Buffalo QB Joe Licata was 10-of-19 for 177 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.
Defensive Player of the Game:
It's hard to pick just one player from the Bulls defense. So we'll give it to the entire Bulls defense gets it after five sacks, three interceptions, a fumble recovery and 10 tackles for a loss.
Turning Point(s) of the Game:
The opening kickoff? Any one of Chandler Whitmer's three interceptions. After the display they put on this afternoon, it's hard to pick one turning point.
Chandler Whitmer was 10-of-24 for 182 yards and three interceptions. He was sacked five times. Casey Cochran made his UConn debut and was intercepted on his first collegiate pass. He finished 2-of-5 for 11 yards. Lyle McCombs had 13 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown. Martin Hyppolite had eight carries for 29 yards. Geremy Davis had 5 catches for 102 yards. Deshon Foxx had one catch for 49 yards while Sean McQuillan had two catches for 27 yards.
Special Teams Notes:
Chad Christen was 2-of-3 on field goals. He had makes from 33 and 37 yards while his 48 yarder was blocked. Cole Wagner had a better day punting than the previous three games. He averaged 41.2 yards on four punts. Brian Lemelle didn't return any of Buffalo's four punts.
Geremy Davis suffered leg cramps and missed most of the second half.
Deshon Foxx was injured after a Whitmer interception when he was blindsided. He did return to the game.
Here are the postgame quotes from UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni and Buffalo head coach Jeff Quinn as well as players from both teams. (will be added if/when they become available).
Saturday, September 28
(15) Miami (FL) 49
South Florida 21
(12) South Carolina 28
Central Florida 25
Texas-San Antonio 28
Things to Work On:
Firing Paul Pasqualoni isn't going to solve much of anything right now. But it is time for a quarterback change. It's time to take the redshirt off of Tim Boyle. You have absolutely nothing to lose by getting him experience for the next three seasons.
The two weeks between games should get everyone healthy we hope.
Fix the offensive line somehow so that you can have a running game and whomever is QB doesn't get killed.
UConn is off next week. They'll host the South Florida Bulls at Rentschler Field on October 12. Kickoff is TBA (most likely Monday).
photo credits: mark mirko – hartford courant