Saturday, September 11, 2010

UConn beats up on the little guy

I think the image just about sums up how Texas Southern feels right about now. It's also a nice visual in case anyone feels like delivering a textbook Atomic Wedgie later this evening. Here's a few postgame notes from today's bloodletting...

  • Kendall Reyes left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. Edsall had no comment. Stunning, I know. The first team defense would have had the entire second half off, but they only played 24 snaps in the first half. That wasn't enough work, Edsall said.

  • Some teams stumble against FCS opponents (looking at you, Virginia Tech. And Minnesota. And Akron. That's just from the early games today). But not UConn. The Huskies thrive in these games. Since 2005, UConn's average margin of victory is 49.5 to 3.8 in winning all six games against FCS/Division I-AA teams.

  • Jasper Howard's girlfriend, Daneisha Freeman, and baby daughter Ja'Miya, along with Howard's mother, stepfather and sisters were in attendance today. After the game, Freeman and the baby visited with the Huskies in the locker room.

  • Scott Lutrus' absence allowed Sio Moore to see his first action at linebacker this season, getting time in the nickel package right away. He showed some of his enormous potential, registering six tackles, two for losses and his first career sack.

  • For a while, it looked like Texas Southern might have more yards in penalties than total offense. The Tigers finished with 77 yards on 11 penalties, and would up with 151 yards of total offense thanks to a second-half that was mostly mop-up. "They got penetration a lot," TSU coach Johnnie Cole said. "We like to run that outside zone play a lot. No. 8 (Lawrence Wilson)...he can play. He was all over the place. He made tackle after tackle and made a big difference."

  • Not a lot to complain about for Edsall today, there were a couple of special teams things like kickoffs going out of bounds and some defensive mistakes. He admitted the level of competition had a lot to do with UConn's dominance. But he said the team stayed focused and played hard for 60 minutes. Seeing players go hard after an unexpected fumble is one hint a team is locked in, and such was the case.


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