Saturday, October 06, 2012

Huskies lose a slugfest in Piscataway

UConn didn't only got beat by host Rutgers but got beat up and pushed around by the more physical Scarlet Knights.

The four interceptions by Chandler Whitmer and fumble by Nick Williams were too much to overcome but so was the conservative play calling and inability of the Huskies to establish the run against a Rutgers team which came into the game leading all FBS teams in rushing defense.

Then there was something you don't see every day, the UConn defense failed to wrap up and make tackle against Rutgers RB Jawan Jamison.

In other words there was plenty of blame to go around. Senior leaders Sio Moore and Blidi Wreh-Wilson, being the stand up guys they are, said that the first order of business will be making sure everybody is still on the same page and realize a 3-3 start doesn't have to doom a season. The amazing thing is that even after Whitmer's third interception which was returned by Wayne Warren for a touchdown, UConn was only down by two scores and were moving the ball before Whitmer forced the ball into triple coverage trying to get a pass through to Ryan Griffin. In other words, even though the Huskies couldn't get out of their own way many times today, they still know this is a game they could have won.

“This is the third of the winnable games (UConn lost) and we didn’t come up with it,” UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni said. “We need to take advantage of the scoring opportunities. We didn’t have a ton of scoring opportunities in this game (but we have to) be able to cash in when you have those opportunities. We lost some chances today.”

Whitmer was 14 of 32 for 191 yards and the four interceptions although three of them came when UConn had no choice but try to make plays in the passing game because of the score.

“It is everybody not clicking, all of 11 of us and we didn’t do our job today,” said Whitmer, who was 14 of 32 for 191 yards. “It is tough, you want to be balanced. When we are good we are balanced and we didn’t do either well today.”

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