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UConn heads to Buffalo in search of their first win of 2013.

POSTED September 27, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


STORRS:  It’s not a stretch to say that the UConn football team is in dire need of a win.

As a matter of fact, it’s real obvious. With a 0-3 record and their American Athletic Conference schedule right around the corner, now would be a good time to get that monkey off their back and feel the emotions of winning.

Not a moral victory, not an improvement in a few areas but a straight up win that starts a season anew at just the right time.

The Huskies travel Saturday to take on 1-2 Buffalo in a game that for once will not feature a running quarterback like thee faced in their previous two games but be careful what you ask for.

They will take on a pure pocket passer in Joe Licata who is getting more and more comfortable in that role.

Getting pressure on the redshirt sophomore will be up to a defensive line that until last week was the last team in the country in Division 1 to record a sack.

Make no mistake about it, this kid from Buffalo can wing it. Licata owns the record for most touchdown thrown during his high school career in the entire State of New York.

He threw the ball 48 times in the Bulls only win this year, a 26-23 win over Stony Brook two weeks ago.

On the defensive side, senior Khalil Mack will be a force the Huskies offensive line and backs will have to deal with all day.

Mack earned National Defensive Player of the Week by cbssports.com for his week one performance against Ohio State.

Huskies head coach Paul Pasqualoni stated on Tuesday that he foresees Mack going as early as the first round come NFL draft time.

UConn road the wave of a tough defensive effort against Michigan to a 21-7 lead at one point before falling to the now 18th ranked Wolverines.

The “D” held the Michigan high powered offense under 100-yards in their passing game, the first time that has happened since 2008.

Linebacker Yawin Smallwood has been playing like a man possessed so far this year and recorded 13 tackles on Saturday night, earning him the CBS Sports Defensive Player of the Week award along with a spot on the AAC Weekly Honor Roll.

The Huskies offense that showed signs of a life in the running game and a determination in quarterback Chandler Whitmer who has now thrown for five touchdowns and 714 yards so far this year.

Guarding against the mistakes will again be critical for the Huskies who cannot afford to do two things on Saturday afternoon.

Give the ball away and not take advantage when they do.

UConn holds a 16-4 advantage in their 20 games with the Bulls,

The Huskies go into their bye week after the Buffalo game which will lead them into AAC Conference action when they take on USF on October 12 at The Rent.

Doesn’t need to be pretty, doesn’t need to be a rout, but coming back east with a win is critical to this 2013 UConn Huskies football team.

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