EAST HARTFORD - UConn coach Randy Edsall was extremely emotional after his football teamâ€™s near miss against Illinois Saturday afternoon at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.
In addition to his pride at the improvement his Huskies (1-1) have already made this season, some of the coachâ€™s emotions stemmed from news he learned earlier on Saturday.
Edsallâ€™s mother, Barbara Edsall, died early Saturday.
Randy Edsall asked reporters after the game to keep their questions to football-related issues and all obliged. Still, it was clear by his answers to each question that Edsall was dealing with a lot.
In lauding his playersâ€™ performance against Illinois, Edsall mentioned the inspiration he and the Huskies still receive from Jasper Howard, the former Husky who was killed 10 years ago.
â€śEvery day we learn from a young man who got his life taken from him way too soon. Jasper,â€ť Edsall said. â€śItâ€™s there every day.â€ť
The inscription, attributed to Howard, is printed on the wall of the Burton Complex: â€śPlay each play like itâ€™s the last play youâ€™re ever going to play.â€ť
Coyle comes up big
It had been nearly two years since UConn scored a defensive touchdown prior to Saturday. And the same man who did it in 2017 turned the trick this time, too.
Tyler Coyle, the UConn junior safety from Windsor, staked the Huskies to a quick 7-0 lead with an interception he returned 52 yards for a touchdown just 3:46 gone in the first quarter.