Diaco on passing and play-calling

 Connecticut Huskies head coach Bob Diaco (C) reacts from the sidelines during the second half against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium. The Bulls won 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Connecticut Huskies head coach Bob Diaco (C) reacts from the sidelines during the second half against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium. The Bulls won 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

John F. Silver

Bob Diaco intended to pass the ball in the gameplan on Friday night.

Then, he saw the first four pass plays.

The first was a hold. The second pass was a strip-sack-fumble. The third pass play was a sack. The fourth?

An intentional grounding.

The passing game went away.

It wasn’t in the gameplan, it wasn’t a schematic thing. It was Diaco taking charge as head coach and putting it in the freezer.

His choice.

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Silver’s Top 25 ballot: Enter ECU

John F. Silver

 Clemson is at it again. No only was Florida State’s top quarterback out — the current Heisman Trophy winner — but Clemson had the ball in field goal position in the final minute. What happened? Clemson happened. That school has losing brutally in its DNA. The Seminoles survive and are a weak No. 2 IMO. I just don’t know where it’s going with the Seminoles. I want to believe that they are dominant like last year, and that’s still why I have them 2. But, they haven’t been impressive. At least not compared to last year’s team. 

My pet projects are BYU (Got them 15) and of course the Thundering Herd of Marshall (No. 21).

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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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