Saturday, September 20, 2014

UConn losing the field position battle

Perhaps had UConn been able to start a drive within the shadow of midfield things could have been different last night.

However, after starting their first three drives between their own 30-34 and failing to sustain any offensive continuity, the field position clearly swung in South Florida's favor as UConn's next five drives started on its own 9, 5, 12, 9 and 3. UConn has enough issues getting going when having the ball at the 30 or 40 but with as much as the offensive line is struggling, the odds of the Huskies getting a first down let alone sustaining a length of the field drive is simply impossible to tabulate.

It's a credit to the UConn defense that the Huskies beat Stony Brook and were within range against Boise State and Stony Brook late in the last two games considering how much pressure the Huskies D is facing.

Sure, Stony Brook had an 88-yard scoring drive and USF went 80 yards on a drive but the other seven scoring drives in the last three games have averaged only 31.7 yards.

If the defensive players are getting frustrated, they are doing a pretty good job of hiding it around us.

"I think we are all still in the box, nobody is veering out," UConn senior cornerback Byron Jones said. I think we need to keep moving forward and understand how important it is to start the game at the 'A' level. You can't come down and be down 14-0 in the first quarter. It is one of the things we are going to work on moving forward."


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