Friday, November 28, 2014

UConn's first quarter woes prove costly

Time for the latest installment of the scary numbers of the week.

They don't come much more frightening than 13 as in the number of points UConn has scored in the first quarter this season or 0 which is the number of Football Bowl Subdivision teams other than UConn to be trailing entering the second quarter in every game this season. UConn also ranks dead last in points scored in the first quarter.

Five times this season the Huskies have given up multiple scores in the opening quarter and three times the Huskies failed to have at least 20 yards of total offense in the first quarter.

Wait, there is more. In four road games the Huskies have been outscored 49-7 in the first quarter and in all games the number is 101-13.That has led to troubles later in the game of the Huskies being forced to throw the ball and we all know what usually happens in those instances.

"What I'd really like to do is go on the road, play well and finish," UConn coach Bob Diaco said. "We've gone on the road and been inconsistent at times. We are on the road, Army starts out a particular way and there is this incredible surge down the stretch and we run out of time. South Florida begins the way it began, this kind of mess and inclement weather and it is a little bit of an adversity that the guys aren't necessarily ready for. We are learning lessons, I'd like to go on the road in our final road game and play as well as we can play and finish."

Diaco made mention that the American Athletic Conference trophy could be on site tomorrow since Memphis can clinch at least a share of the title. I asked him if he would use the opportunity to deny Memphis the chance to clinch as extra motivation. Diaco laughed and said, "I am not sure how much other stuff we are ready for. I'd like to think we can get to the point in our program's maturity that we can add some layers but we are just getting started on that. I don't want to heap too many things on."


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