Postgame: Offense, passing game fizzles

Geremy Davis catches a touchdown, his only catch of the game, on Friday in Tampa, Fla. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Geremy Davis catches a touchdown, his only catch of the game, on Friday in Tampa, Fla. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

John F. Silver

TAMPA, Fla. — UConn head coach Bob Diaco had seen enough.

The Huskies came out and on the second play of the game, got a holding penalty.  There was a redo. Then, next time Chandler Whitmer dropped back to pass he was hit from the blind side and had no chance. Strip-sack-fumble, USF takes over at the UConn 19. They went on to score.

Diaco had it.

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Recap: USF 17, UConn 14

Result: UConn fell to South Florida, 17-14, managing only 145 yards of offense, 78 coming on a late drive.

Need to know: UConn dropped to 1-3 and had only 145 yards of offense. It was one of the lowest offensive outputs in UConn’s FBS history. The record for fewest yards was 129 set in 2005 against West Virginia. The Huskies had 75 coming on UConn final drive of the game. UConn ran only 36 offensive plays and punted eight times. The Huskies trailed 14-0 after another strip-fumble, this time on Chandler Whitmer, set up a Marlon Mack 1-yard touchdown run after a short drive. the Huskies trailed 14-0 before cutting the lead on a late second half interception return by Byron Jones. UConn couldn’t muster offense the entire game. The Huskies only attempted four passes into the fourth quarter and until the final drive, had only two passes for 13 yards. UConn didn’t convert a third down.

Links: Recap

Next up: UConn hosts Temple on Saturday afternoon at Rentschler Field at 4 p.m.

 

Gameday Preview: UConn vs USF on ESPN

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John Silver previews UConn vs. USF

Friday: 8 p.m.

TV: ESPN

Place:  Raymond James Stadium

Line: UConn +2

In the Spotlight: USF, UConn rebuild

 

Connecticut Huskies head coach Bob Diaco watches from the sideline as they take on the Boise State Broncos during the first quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Connecticut Huskies head coach Bob Diaco watches from the sideline as they take on the Boise State Broncos during the first quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The skinny: UConn and USF are both 1-2, both with coaches in a rebuilding job,  what happened to the two programs?

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UConn football: Squeezing something out of the OL

Arkeel Newsome fumbles the ball against Boise State in the first quarter on Saturday. Photo Credit: Dave Butler II/USA Today Sports.

Arkeel Newsome fumbles the ball against Boise State in the first quarter on Saturday. Photo Credit: Dave Butler II/USA Today Sports.

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn. — Arkeel Newsome never had a chance.

UConn’s freshman running back took a handoff last Saturday against Boise State and before he could even tuck it was hit in the backfield. Newsome fumbled the ball and was spread out on the turf as Boise State embarrassingly went in for a scoop-and-score touchdown.

Scenes like that have played out the entire season for the Huskies. The running backs have been undistinguished. The offense has struggled putting up consecutive games of 224 and 290 yards, and the sacks and negative plays have mounted.

If there’s been one thing consistently about the Huskies this year on offense, it’s been the consistently poor line play.

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UConn, Missouri to play home-and-home

John F. Silver

UConn and Missouri have agreed to a two-game home-and-home series in football with the Huskies visiting the Tigers in 2015 and the return trip to Rentschler Field in 2017 the schools announced on Thursday.

missouriUConn will visit Columbia, Missouri on Sept. 19 of 2015 for the first game in the series. The Tigers will return in 2017.

The Huskies’ 2015 non-conference schedule is set with home games against Army and Villanova and road games at BYU and at Missouri next season.

“We are very excited about playing a football series against Missouri as we continue to build a competitive non-conference schedule for our team and an exciting one for our loyal fans,” said UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. “Our future football schedules have a number of games from various leagues around the country and I am happy to add Missouri and the Southeastern Conference to those contests.”

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USA notebook: Reeve 2, Auriemma 0

By Carl Adamec

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Entering his 30th season as the coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, Geno Auriemma has a losing record against two schools the Huskies have faced.

One is U.S. International of San Diego, which became Alliant International University, which doesn’t have a team now. UConn lost the only meeting 96-88 on Nov. 28, 1986. In his role as the United States national team coach, Auriemma has a constant reminder of the second school he has not beaten.
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