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UConn preps for trip to Cincinnati.

POSTED October 15, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


STORRS: UConn interim head football coach T.J. Weist is proving to be a straight shooter who is not afraid to take the blame for his teams misgivings.

As his 0-5 Huskies ready themselves for his first road trip, the learning curve for Weist is more like a direct, better adjust well on the fly kind of route.

The guy is passionate, it showed since the first day he took the job, two days after the Buffalo disaster that cost Paul Pasqualoni his job.

This is the job he want but he’s been inserted into an almost impossible situation with a team that is going into a stretch of games against foes with a combined 14-3 record in 2013.

His first week on the field showed mixed results. His receivers did not help new quarterback Tim Boyle very much with three key drops but the all but dead running game sprang to life for their best game of the year.

Saturday’s 13-10 loss to USF was one of, one could argue, four wins the Huskies could have had right now (Towson, Maryland, Michigan and USF) and may have been the one that hurt the most because everything was there for the taking.

In his first start behind center, Boyle looked the part and acted the part during a strong first half in which the balance between running and passing was on target.

Running back Lyle McCombs had a terrific, career best day with 164 yards, including a highlight reel touchdown run of 52-yards in the second quarter.

So now, it’s off to Cincinnati, a place near and dear to Weist who spent three years as their receivers coach.

The Bearcats are 4-2 at the moment, fresh off a 38-20 win over Temple on October 11 at Nippert Stadium.

Many of the players he will face, Weist recruited and knows well.

“It will be good to see them but when it comes game time, it’s a war,” Weist said. “They have one of the best defenses in the country in a bunch of categories and are very well coached.”

The Bearcats have beaten a pair of now 0-6 teams, Temple and Miami of Ohio (14-0) on their way to their 4-2 mark.

Their opponents to date come in with a combined 9-26 mark, they are not exactly beating the nation’s best but at this point, the Huskies simply need to get a win at all cost.

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