Gettng ball to playmakers No. 1 on priority list for UConn OC Verducci
Diaco said the staff looked at the stats and saw that dynamic receiver Noel Thomas got the ball twice in the first half so they wanted to get him more involved. They also noticed that Arkeel Newsome did not have a carry or reception in the first half.
In the third quarter Newsome had two rushing attempts and had three passes thrown his way. Sophomore tight end Alec Bloom, who also had a quiet first half, who targeted twice in the third quarter.
On what proved to be the winning touchdown, Thomas had back to back receptions before Newsome scampered 27 yards with a screen pass for a touchdown.
First-year offensive coordinator Frank Verducci addressed the process of getting the ball to playmakers like Thomas, Newsome, Bloom, Tommy Myers, Ron Johnson, Thomas Lucas and Tyraiq Beals enough.
"That is my responsibility to put them in position to be successful," Verducci said. "The other part of the equation is the defense, we can only put the ball where the defense allows us to put the ball. We are not going to bang our heads against the wall trying to do things. Those things tend to even out over the course of the season. If they want to take one thing away, we should be able to adapt and run the other."