UConn football looking to bounce back after horrible performance against Memphis

Published on Monday, 9 October 2017 22:33
Written by NEILL OSTROUT

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The UConn football team returned to practice Sunday evening, the Huskies’ first full workout since the worst defensive performance in the program’s history.

“I would be disappointed if they weren’t dejected. And I would be disappointed if we didn’t come out and play better this week,” UConn coach Randy Edsall said Sunday, two days after his team’s 70-31 loss to Memphis. “If you’re a competitor and everything else, you can’t wait to get back on the field to prove that’s really not who you are.”

The Huskies will get a chance to redeem themselves Saturday against Temple in Philadelphia (noon, ESPNews).

The good news for UConn is that it probably can’t play any worse defensively. The Huskies allowed a school-record in points to the Tigers, and nearly a school-record in yards (711).

“It’s different guys taking different turns of not getting it done. It’s not just one guy,” Edsall said.

UConn had an especially difficult time on third downs, on offense and defense. The Huskies were 2-of-11 on third down, while Memphis was 13-of-20. Memphis converted three third downs on its initial drive of the game alone.

“It was a different culprit, so to speak, each time,” Edsall said.

Although the Huskies (1-4, 0-3 American) have played multiple players at most positions on defense already this season, Edsall is toying with the idea of even more substitutions.

“Maybe we have to sub a little bit more on defense,” Edsall said. “Sometimes it seems like some of our guys do better if they’re fresher.”

There are positives in each game, Edsall insists, and what he calls “flashes” of outstanding plays.

The UConn offense, for instance, averaged 6.9 yards per play against Memphis.

“That’s pretty good. But we didn’t get enough plays,” Edsall said.

That leads into the coach’s overall plea for consistency from his players.

“That’s the thing that’s frustrating to me. Why can’t we do it consistently throughout the game?” Edsall said.

Owls in sight

Edsall remarked last week that his team seems to face an extremely talented quarterback each week this season.

The man under center this week against the Huskies doesn’t have quite the pedigree of some others, but UConn isn’t getting much of a break.

Logan Marchi, Temple’s sophomore quarterback, is coming off the best game of his young career. Marchi, who attended St. Paul High School and played for Connecticut high school coaching legend Jude Kelly, led the Owls to a 34-10 win over East Carolina on Saturday in Greenville, North Carolina.

Marchi, who originally committed to UConn in 2013, threw for a career-best 321 yards and two touchdowns, while helping Temple get season-highs in points and yards (523).

Temple (3-3, 1-2) lost to South Florida 43-7 and Houston 20-13 before breaking through for its first league win last week.

Extra points

Central Florida, South Florida and Navy all remain undefeated after Week 6, making the American the only FBS conference with three unbeaten teams left. USF is 18th and Navy 25th in the latest AP Top 25 poll… UConn quarterback Byrant Shirreffs is sixth nationally in passing efficiency (171.3), is 16th in passing yards per game (295.0), and 15th in total offense per game (312.2). … UConn defensive end Cole Ormsby, a senior from Windsor, is 27th in the nation in sacks (0.8 per game). … Despite giving up 70 points last week, UConn is not last in the nation, or even in the conference, in points allowed. The Huskies are giving up 43.6 points per game, 124th in the nation. East Carolina is allowing 48.8 points per game, last in the league and last, 129th, nationally.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports, UConn on Monday, 9 October 2017 22:33. Updated: Monday, 9 October 2017 22:35.