UConn Cincinnati halftime analysis

John F. Silver

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Very uneven game here at Rentschler Field with Cincinnati leading 14-10.

The defense gave up a TD on the first drive giving up 3 plays over 25 yards and then gave up a trick TE pass back to QB for a 39-yard TD off an interception for a 14-0 Cincinnati lead.

Besides that, it’s all UConn defense. The Huskies have held Cincinnati to six yards rushing in the first half.

UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer has thrown for 236 yards in the first half, the bulk coming on two plays. The first was a 51-yard catch and run to Mike Smith that set up a field goal. The second was a terrific effort from tight end Ryan Griffin, who rumbled 74 yards for a touchdown with great speed.

The Huskies have 270-193 edge in yardage, and, it should be even more as the Huskies have had several drops and several poor throws from Whitmer. The UConn running game isn’t so hot, but, the Huskies are in this game at the half thanks to a defense that has been solid for the most part.

The Huskies were beat on a trick play, but, aside from that have done an excellent job holding Cincinnati’s offense in check.

The Huskies did burn the redshirt of Bobby Puyol, who made a 40-yard field goal. Puyol is playing for the injured Chad Christen (hip flexor).  Also, DE Trevardo Williams is limited with an ankle injury. He has played on pass rushing downs.