Saturday, October 15, 2011
UConn brings the 'ish'
Quite a win. Some notes from Saturday.
- UConn managed only 253 yards of total offense (as opposed to USF's 339) but still found a way to win. It's also the second win in a row over South Florida without an offensive touchdown.
- Boston Red Sox fans have Bucky Bleepin' Dent, South Florida fans have Dave Bleepin' Teggart. No dramatics Saturday, but Teggart was 3-for-3. USF was just 1-for-3 on field goals.
- The unhip media got a lesson in slang from Sio Moore. "It was kind of a 'bring your ish kind of weekend'," Moore said. No one had any idea what he meant by saying 'ish', though the popular theory was that it was short for 'finish', as in finishing the game. We're dorks. Thanks to a Google search by Ken Davis, we got the definition from the Urban Dictionary. 'Ish' is slang term to replace the word, uh, poo. I can't wait to use it at my next dinner party.
- Paul Pasqualoni was pleased with the entire defensive unit, but singled out the play of Ty-Meer Brown and Byron Jones. "I felt really good for (Brown and Jones)," Pasqualoni said. "They had it tough last week. They really did. So it was great for them to come back out and make some plays. It felt great for the defense overall, but it felt great for those two young kids. They put together a game like this against a quality opponent."
- There's a big difference between being 0-2 and 1-1 in the conference. UConn saved its season for the moment. " Puts us right back in the race,” UConn linebacker Sio Moore said. “Through the years you see how it goes in the Big East. It can be anybody’s championship. Now, we have to be sure to take this momentum and build on it. That’s when the good teams show what they’re really made of.” With the Big East lacking a truly dominant team -- save for West Virginia, and we'll see how long that lasts -- the BCS berth is up for grabs.
- Johnny McEntee was sacked seven times, partly because USF changed things up and blitzed combinations of the strong safety and inside or outside linebackers. "That was something new," Pasqualoni said. Adjustments were made, and the Huskies dealt with it a little better in the second half.
- Dwayne Gratz said the defense was sick of losing, and that it was "a matter of pride" that it establish itself again Saturday. Moore agreed, sort of.Our pride wasn’t shattered (the previous two games),” Moore said. “We just needed to make sure we came back to what we do and how we do it. That’s solving your problems with aggression. As long as we did that, we would be OK. Part of that was putting it all on the line. That’s playing with pride. It doesn’t matter where the ball is put down on the field, we’re going to stop them.”
- Former UConn coach Skip Holtz is now 0-2 against his former team.