Saturday, November 21, 2015

UConn ready to rise to the occasion?

UConn's poor track record against ranked teams has been well documented. However, recent history has also shown that the Huskies do have an ability to play up to the level of competition.

Andrew Adams, Junior Lee, Max DeLorenzo, Marquise Vann, Tyler Samra and Julian Campenni all saw time when UConn went on the road to face No. 21 Rutgers and only trailed 6-3 at halftime. Despite holding the Scarlet Knights to 280 yards of offense, the Huskies lost 19-3 as their offense turned the ball over five times.

About a month and a half later the Huskies traveled to play No. 19 Louisville and came away with an improbable 23-20 overtime victory. Campenni had a sack in the game, Lee had a couple of tackles and DeLorenzo carried the ball twice.

The following year mighty Michigan came to Rentschler Field and considering that the Huskies opened the season with a 15-point home loss to FCS Towson, not much was expected. The Huskies led 21-7 in the second half and held a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter before suffering a 24-21 defeat.

In UConn's lone game against a ranked opponent last season came on the road against No. 18 East Carolina. The game was tied midway through the fourth quarter but the Pirates scored on its final two possessions to record a 31-21 victory. Earlier in the season the Huskies also threw a scare in a very good Boise State squad as the Huskies only trailed 24-21 entering the fourth quarter. However, as was the case in the Rutgers, Michigan and East Carolina games, ineffective offense finally caught up to the Huskies in the fourth quarter as a defensive touchdown and another TD set up by an interception enabled Boise to win the contest 38-21.

Now comes the biggest test of all when undefeated and No. 13 Houston comes to town.

"This group loves to play football, we love challenges and everybody competes so I think we play up to our competition and we are going to prove we can play against anybody in the country," UConn senior safety Andrew Adams said.

The game will be the final home contest for UConn's seniors. There are 13 seniors on the UConn roster but fullback Jazzmar Clax and receiver Tony Tully (listed as juniors on the roster) are included on the cover of the game program as the seniors on the team.

The live blog for the UConn/Houston game is now up and running. Feel free to check it out


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