UConn's Fatukasi, Williams shine in losing effort
However, after Friday night's 30-13 loss at Brigham Young, neither Fatukasi nor Williams were in the mood to pat themselves on the back.
All Williams did was record a career-high 10 tackles as well as an interception. Still, heading home with his team on a three-game losing streak was not going to put Williams in a great frame of mind.
"We put so much time and effort into it and to not come out victorious, it really hurts," Williams said.
"I am just trying to make plays to help my team win so I am hurting."
Fatukasi moved back into the starting lineup after Mikal Myers started last week against Navy. He had seven tackles including a sack, two quarterback hurries and a blocked field goal.
"There is only so much you can control," Fatukasi said. "I can only focus on my job and do what I can do.
"Nobody is ever happy about losing but we are going to learn from our mistakes and grow."
UConn wrapped up non-conference play with a 2-2 record. Now the Huskies play their next four games against fellow American Athletic Conference East Division teams beginning a week from today with a 3:45 p.m. game at Central Florida.
"We just have to stick together, gel as a team," Williams said. "Now we go into conference play and that is the most important thing right now, winning in the conference and going to a bowl game is the most important thing right now for us right now."