Sunday, November 09, 2014

UConn;s bowl-less drought stretches to four years

Coming off an emotional win over defending American Athletic Conference champion Central Florida there were some whispers from those outside the program using the words "bowl eligible."
Despite getting off to a 1-6 start there was still the hope of securing a bowl berth. A win over Army on Saturday would put the Huskies at 3-6. A Cincinnati team which has had its share of defensive struggles would be coming into Rentschler Field later this month and there would be games against a Memphis team the Huskies beat by 35 points in the 2013 regular-season finale and then a contest against SMU, the only FBS team failing to average at least 10 points per game. UConn would have to win out to have a chance to be invited to a bowl game and having the invaluable extra month of practice time that comes with playing in a bowl game.
Instead, a humbling 35-21 loss to Army marks the second year in a row that UConn is eliminated from bowl eligibility before the basketball regular season gets underway. This senior class is the first at UConn with four consecutive losing seasons since 1982-85.
"It is most down I have been after a loss and every loss hurts but this one really stings," Foxx said.

"It sucks, there is not much I could say about that. I wish I could have changed but at least the young guys have more opportunities. We are getting the young guys on board and hopefully they can make it to a couple of bowl games. I know they are going to be a part of a championship team and I am glad to be a part of the beginning."

A year ago the Huskies showed signs of life by winning their final three games after an 0-9 start. Now the Huskies have three games left to play so where do they go from here?

"We have fighters on our team," UConn junior safety Andrew Adams said. "If we are not bowl eligible, that doesn’t mean anything. We are still going to take it one game at a time and try to win each game."


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