Boyle impressive in first outing.
EAST HARTFORD: It felt different, it felt new, it felt like the fresh start the UConn Huskies football team desperately wanted.
While the results didn’t lend themselves to the Hollywood ending it called for, the Huskies and their fans saw their future and his name was Tim Boyle.
Boyle and the Huskies dropped his first game as the face of the program by a 13-10 score to a University of South Florida team that tried their best to assure a Tinsel-Town finale but even their best (or worst) efforts could not prevent UConn from falling to 0-5, 0-1 in the American Football Conference.
This is at the moment, a lost season. The road (or home) games don’t bring any immediate relief. The so-called easier games, Towson, Buffalo and USF are now behind them with tougher games against Cincinnati (4-2), UCF (4-1) and Teddy Bridgewater and Louisville (6-0) on the horizon.
0-8 is a real possibility for a new head coach and the 19-year old Boyle who showed a poise at the pressure position from the opening snap.
Boyle just looks like a quarterback. His 6’4” frame and attitude on and off the field show a fire and confidence well beyond his age.
Sure, a couple of throws were off but two and maybe even three were on the money for touchdowns if his receivers simply made the plays.
Deshon Foxx found himself so wide open on two of the throws that he outsmarted himself en route to the ball.
His first quarter stop and go move on the Bulls defender showed off the juniors skill in route running but his drops proved costly.
As did the drop by Spencer Parker in the end zone on the same drive.
How much different would this game have been if even one of those ball are caught?
USF has proven they may be at their best when they don’t score any offensive touchdown, it’s worked like a charm in their last two games.
How often do we see a game decided by missed opportunities early in a game?
Far too often.
Think about it. The Huskies ran the ball, a stunning development considering their history in 2013.
Lyle McCombs set a career high with 164 yards gained, including a dazzling 52-yard touchdown run that covered about a mile and a half with the cuts and re-directions during the run that ended with a flip into the end zone.
The crowd at The Rent was fired up, even with the early mistakes.
This fan base is simply waiting to explode but still takes off early, even in a 10-10 game in the second half.
Can Boyle bring keep them in the building?
A nice two or three touchdown win couldn’t hurt.