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Can the UConn offense get offensive? Syracuse on deck.

POSTED September 19, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


EAST HARTFORD: It’s a regular thing, these last minute, take-your-heart-medicine moments spent watching the University of Connecticut football team do what head Coach Bob Diaco said they were going to do.

After getting by Virginia when the visitors mismanaged a last second field goal try and missed a 20-yard attempt as time expired, it marked the third straight came that UConn had a game decided in the last 11 seconds or less.

Sitting at 2-1 is not bad after three games, four more wins in their last nine probably gets them their second straight Bowl game but does it always have to be this hard?

On Saturday, the Huskies plan to start the game went the Diaco and his staff had envisioned as the Cavaliers got the ball first and the home team forced a three and out.

Good, positive way to start the game, right?

The Huskies got the ball at their own 44-yard line but two of their first three plays involved runs by quarterback Bryant Sherriffs (either by design of out of fear of a sack) but after gaining nine yards, the ball went back to Virginia who turned it into a 23-yard field goal by Alex Furbank who was playing in his  

Their second drive resulted in a first down off a Virginia penalty but a sack forced the second punt of the day and another slow start was underway.

Against a team like Virginia that came in allowing almost 600-yards per game in their first two contests, those slow starts translated into building up the Cavaliers confidence as the first half went on.

After the first quarter, the Huskies had gained a whopping 21 yards, at the half it was still under 100 yards at 96.

Continuing to keep teams in the game early or getting behind deep (as they did against Navy) only makes the Huskies task that much harder.

Syracuse comes to town on Saturday and the Orangeman started strong against American Athletic Conference member USF before falling, 45-20.

Sophomore quarterback Eric Dungey threw a pair of first quarter touchdown passed as Syracuse jumped out to a 17-0 lead before being outscored 45-3 from there on out.

The Huskies, who are as close to being 3-0 as they are 0-3, will try and figure out a way this week to jump start an offense that came back brilliantly against Navy but stumbled against the Cavaliers.

On deck after their former Big East foe is a trip to Houston to take on the highly ranked Cougars, followed by the remainder of their conference schedule.

It’s time to get offensive, no offense.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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