Saturday, October 03, 2015

Fourth quarter BYU scoring flurry sinks UConn

It almost seems silly to write that a game when UConn was outgained 539-230 could be considered "one that got away."

However, that is exactly how Friday night's 30-13 loss at BYU felt.

Midway through the third quarter the Huskies were leading 10-7 and heading into the fourth quarter heavily-favored BYU was only up 13-10.

"We made a lot of mistakes," UConn coach Bob Diaco said. "We have to improve, finish and execute, close out games that we very winnable and win it.
"We are in a great game, a dog fight and we have every opportunity to win the game. It was two minute there of error, error, error, a physical error, execution error and mental error and the score was not indicative of how the game went."
Whether it was allowing BYU defenders to have clean runs into the backfield, a holding call on a kickoff return, a 15-yard penalty for kicking the ball into the stands, a missed blocked leading to an ill-advised pass and game-changing interception and there was a season's worth of breakdowns in a small amount of time. There was also a failure to get off the field on 3rd and 8 on one BYU scoring drive, failure to jump on a live ball after a well-executed onsides kick were also plays that if they were executed with more precision, might have resulted in the Huskies returning from the longest regular-season road trip in program history with a spirit-lifting victory.
"We were right in the game halfway through the third quarter," UConn sophomore quarterback Bryant Shirreffs said. "We had some miscommunications and that interception (by Bronson Kaufasi) changed the game. We were so close, nobody realizes it but we are so close to being 5-0. We have to capitalize and execute. We have been saying that I put a lot of pressure on myself.
"It is really difficult, we just have to turn it into positive energy somehow and now we are into the heat of the conference. We have to get back to Storrs and get to work."
A fumble recovery by Mikal Myers and interceptions from Jhavon Williams and Jamar Summers gave the opportunistic UConn defense a chance to keep the Huskies in the game.
For the 12th straight true road game UConn was outgained in the game. The offense did not look impressive for much of the game although Arkeel Newsome (68 yards rushing another 63 receiving) had another strong game.

"Just a couple plays in the game in key situations, if it is just one person not completing their assignment, you need 11 people," Shirreffs said. "If 10 people are completing their assignment, one person doesn't know protection or in my case, I am making the wrong read, I am reading the defense wrong it makes everybody else look bad so I am speaking for myself, I need to improve and prepare more and it is a learning process but it is time to win."

After the game Diaco said that Ron Johnson, despite one offensive touch in the last two weeks, is still a key member of the offense and that Javon Hadley started at cornerback because starter Jamar Summers missed practice time earlier in the week.


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