Saturday, November 05, 2011

Ugly? Yes. UConn will take it.

If there was an uglier first half in the history of college football, this one rivaled it for sure. But it was a rather well-played, exciting second half. Here's a few postgame notes.
  • Paul Pasqualoni credited the players and coaches for remaining cool at halftime and devising a plan for the second half. A lesser group may have fallen apart after five turnovers and generally looking like it was the first time they had every played the game of football.
  • There were some boos raining down late in the first half after two McEntee throws went way out of bounds, and he was sacked and lost a fumble on the next play. The players heard them, too. "I understand why," center Moe Petrus said. "But it would be better if they stuck with us through thick and thin." Nicely said.
  • Using McCummings more was a big part of the Huskies halftime adjustment. McEntee simply wasn't getting it done, though he was better in his limited snaps in the second half. UConn has been a better second-half team, anyway. "I don't know what it is," Pasqualoni said. "Maybe they just get settled down, maybe they have a better picture of what they're doing before they go back out." The McCummings change up was as effective as its been all season, and showed the vision of what Pasqualoni and George DeLeone saw with the two QB rotation.
  • It certainly helped UConn's confidence that as bad as they were, the game was tied 7-7 at halftime. Syracuse certainly did itself no favors, scoring zero points off the five turnovers.
  • The team presented game balls to Pasqualoni and DeLeone for beating their longtime employer. Luckily, there won't be any more questions about Pasqualoni coaching against Syracuse. Until next year, at least. Can't wait for the UConn-Maryland Edsall week, too.
  • Nick Williams had his best day returning kicks, and was a huge help in terms of field position. Like it or not, this offense needs as much help from every phase it can get. Five trips to the red zone resulted in four touchdowns.


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