Sunday, October 18, 2015

UConn lets one get away

There were some signs of trouble ahead even as UConn was putting up 40 points in a win at Central Florida.

The Huskies ran nine plays in UCF territory on consecutive drives in the second quarter but were unable to add to a 9-3 lead as failure to pick up a first down on 4th and 1 ended one drive while a sack and holding penalty brought an end to the next one. It took a pair of interceptions by the UConn secondary to allow the Huskies to put up a pair of touchdowns late in the second quarter.

Fast forward to Saturday and the same issues reappeared only this time it was too much for the Huskies to overcome.

UConn converted only four out of eight times on 3rd and 4 or shorter and were twice stopped on fourth down. Before Rodney Adams' third touchdown reception gave the Bulls a 28-13 lead more than 60 percent of UConn's offensive plays were run in USF territory yet all the Huskies had to show for it was a 36-yard touchdown run by Bryant Shirreffs (set up by another UConn interception) and two field goals.

UConn finished with 528 yards of total offense, just the second time in the last 74 games that the Huskies broke the 500-yard mark. I did some checking and UConn was one of 24 FBS teams to put up at least 500 yards of offense but the only team failing to score at least 30 points with 12 teams scoring at least 50 points.

Team                       Pass-Rus-Yrds TD  FG  Score Opponent
Baylor                     389-304-693 8TDs 2FGs 62-38 West Virginia
Western Kentucky  400-283-683 7TDs 2FGs 55-28 North Texas
Appalachian State   275-379-654 8TDs 1FG  59-14 Louisiana-Monroe
Indiana                    464-163-627 7TDs 1FG  52-55 Rutgers
TCU                        444-177-621 6TDs 1FG  45-21 Iowa State
Arizona                   325-291-616 5TDs 1FG  38-31 Colorado
Toledo                    373-238-611 8TDs 0FGs 63-20 Eastern Michigan
Rutgers                   386-210-596 7TDs 1FG  55-52 Indiana
Georgia Southern     85-507-592 8TDs 0FGs 56-26 New Mexico State
USC                       440-150-590 4TDs 1FG   31-41 Notre Dame
Texas Tech            359-217-576 2TDs 3FGs 30-20 Kansas
Oklahoma              336-232-568 6TDs 2FGs 55-0  Kansas State
Western Michigan 137-430-567 7TDs 0FGs 49-14 Ohio
So. Mississippi       343-213-556 3TDs 4FGs 32-10 Texas San Antonio
North Carolina       326-212-538 7TDs 0FGs 50-14 Wake Forest
Charlotte                227-309-536 4TDs 2FGs 34-37 Old Dominion
Bowling Green      412-120-532 8TDs 1FG  59-10 Akron
Clemson                420-112-532 4TDs 2FGs  34-17 Boston College
UConn                   365-163-528 2TDs 2FGs 20-28 South Florida
Washington State  409-111-520 6TDs 1FGs  52-31 Oregon State
Northern Illinois    203-311-514 6TDs 1FG   45-12 Miami (OH)
Florida State          377-133-510 5TDs 2FGs  41-21 Louisville
UCLA                    325-181-506 4TDs 2FGs  35-56 Stanford
Marshall                174-326-500 4TDs 1FG    33-17 Florida Atlantic


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