John F. Silver
The Huskies trailed USF 7-3 at the half in a game that is living up to expectations. The Huskies and Bulls are both winless in the Big East, and on Saturday night we saw why.
For USF, they are mistake prone. B.J. Daniels had a 7-0 lead and was driving in UConn territory when Daniels made a poor decision and threw it into the end zone on third and long leading to a Dwayne Gratz interception. All the playmaking Daniels does, he still makes mistakes and that has cost the Bulls aplenty.
How is USF on a six game losing streak? Look at the numbers in the first half:
USF out-gained UConn 182-127, held UConn to 2 yards rushing (-38 on two Whitmer sacks, so it’s poor running, not historically poor running) and only scored seven points.
Now, to UConn. The Huskies defense played well enough that it allowed a Bulls team with some explosive players only seven points. But, the offense? It can’t run the ball, the offensive line can’t block, and that leads to choppy possessions.
How are the Huskies 0-3 in the Big East? Let’s illustrate how.
A Scott McCummings 25 yard run to the 30 yard line is followed by McCummings falling down for -1. Then, Chandler Whitmer is pressured on a bootleg and has to junk the play throwing it into the ground. Not to be outdone, the third down snap went over Whitmer’s head.
Whitmer’s been good, he’s 11 of 16 for 125 yards passing, but has been under siege at times. the defense has been good outside of an 8 play, 80 yard TD drive.
* The Huskies played the first quarter without Sio Moore, who was sat out for disciplinary reasons stemming with a verbal encounter towards the end of the Syracuse game with UConn doctor Jeff Anderson.
* Trevardo Williams picked up a sack, and now has 8.5 this season. That sack put him No. 1 all-time in sacks at UConn.