UConn Football links Has There Been A Team That's Lost Five Games By 15 Pts.? [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] Your Thoughts On UConn At 6-6 And Bowling? [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] Big East football: Pike might start for Cincinnati [Connecticut Post] UConn Women's Basketball links Vanguard reflections [Jim Fuller - New Haven Register] Signing on the dotted line [Jim Fuller - New Haven Register] Davis Likes UConn [Rich Elliott - Connecticut Post] UConn women roll; Dixon hurt [Connecticut Post] Dixon Strains Hamstring In UConn Win [Hartford Courant] State recruits finding success outside Storrs [New Haven Register] Huskies impressive even on an off night [New Haven Register] Dixon injury mars UConn exhibition win [The Day] UConn women suffer 1st key injury [The Republican-American] UConn Men's Basketball links Coombs-McDaniel Good to Go [David Borges - New Haven Register] Gavin Edwards Through Two [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Jamal Coombs-McDaniel Cleared To Play [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Coombs-McDaniel good to go [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] Countdown: 4 [TheUConnBlog.com] NCAA says UConn freshman good to go [Connecticut Post] UConn Men: Coombs-McDaniel Eligible To Play [Hartford Courant] Coombs-McDaniel cleared to play for Huskies [The Day] UConn men's freshman cleared to play [The Republican-American] Other UConn related links Momentary Huskies: The Best Of UConn Basketball Transfers [Hartford Courant] Men's Ice Hockey: Huskies Unveil New Third Uniform For 50th Season [UConnHuskies.com] Men's Ice Hockey: Larson Named AHA Rookie Of The Week [UConnHuskies.com] Women's Volleyball: Connecticut Garners BIG EAST Volleyball Weekly Honors [UConnHuskies.com] Women's Soccer: Huskies To Face BU In First Round Of NCAA Tournament [UConnHuskies.com] Field Hockey: Bubbler sisters get it done for Huskies [The Sentinel] no comments
Any other week when you score four touchdowns, you're probably going to be named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week. But on a week where your defense gives up 711 total yards and 555 yards to one person, you're going to have to settle for the Big East Honor Roll. And that's just what UConn Huskies running back Jordan Todman will have to do as he was named to the Big East Honor Roll on Monday. In the 47-45 loss to Cincinnati on Saturday night, Todman had 26 carries for a career-high 162 yards and a career-best four touchdowns. The Huskies are off this week as they prepare for a trip to South Bend, IN to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on November 21st. The game will be nationally televised on NBC. no comments
UConn Women's Basketball links It's game day for the UConn Huskies women's basketball team as they will wrap up exhibition play with a game against Vanguard at 7 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. There is no television coverage but the game will be available on Husky Vision for $9.95. You can listen to the game on the WTIC/UConn Radio Network. Rebecca and RuthAnn Lobo to appear at UConn on Monday [John Altavilla - Hartford Courant] Delle Donne Out Of The Gate In Style [John Altavilla - Hartford Courant] Jess McCormack Is Back On The Floor [Basketball New Zealand] [John Atlavilla - Hartford Courant] UConn's Buck struggles to adjust [Connecticut Post] UConn Women Play Second Exhibition Tonight [Hartford Courant] Sophomore Hayes embracing new leadership role [New Haven Register] UConn Men's Basketball links By a Toenail [David Borges - New Haven Register] Dyson Rips Apart Big Toe, Shreds UMass-Lowell Defense [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Still Not Much From Chuck Okwandu; Plenty From Oriakhi [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] UMass-Lowell Coach Greg Herenda [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Kingsley Onyechi on Alex Oriakhi [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] More Calhoun Analysis of Oriakhi and Okwandu [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Countdown: 5 [TheUConnBlog.com] Rust Proof [UConn Huskies Basketball] Patched-up Dyson scores 32 in UConn's final preseason tuneup [Connecticut Post] UConn's Dyson Scores 32 Despite Painful Toe Injury [Hartford Courant] No stopping Huskies’ Dyson [New Haven Register] Dyson returns, scores 32 despite torn toenail in exhibition finale [The Day] New No. 34 for UConn men [The Republican-American] A ‘DIFFERENT’ UCONN READY FOR BIG EAST IN 09-10 [NBE Basketball Report] UConn Football links Following up Cincinnati loss [Chip Malafronte - New Haven Register] Edsall: The Day After Cincinnati [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] UConn Football Chat With Desmond Conner Live At 10:30 a.m. [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] Why Hasn't The Reason UConn Isn't Good Been Reported? [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] What we learned in the Big East, Week 10 [Big East Blog - ESPN.com] Week 10 review, Week 11 preview [Big East Blog - ESPN.com] Big East power rankings, Week 11 [Big East Blog - ESPN.com] Quick Sunday call [John Silver - Journal Inquirer] The day after another close shave [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] Bye week should provide relief for UConn football team [Connecticut Post] Edsall Won't Single Out UConn's Defense [Hartford Courant] Bye week gives Huskies opportunity to rest up for Irish [New Haven Register] Huskies' frustration mounts after another strong effort results in loss [The Day] Better times ahead for UConn football [The Republican-American] Other UConn related links Field Hockey: BIG EAST Field Hockey Champions!!! [UConnHuskies.com] Women's Ice Hockey: Special Teams Play Key in 7-2 Women's Ice Hockey Victory at Maine [UConnHuskies.com] Women's Volleyball: Balanced Efforts Lead Huskies to BIG EAST Weekend Sweep [UConnHuskies.com] Men's Soccer: One and done, again [The Daily Campus] Field hockey takes home Big East tournament title [The Daily Campus] no comments
UConn Men's Basketball links It’s game day for the UConn Huskies men’s basketball team as they will take on UMass Lowell in exhibition play at the Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT at 1:00 p.m. There is no television coverage but the game will be available on Husky Vision for $9.95. You can listen to the game on the WTIC/UConn Radio Network. Countdown: 6 [TheUConnBlog.com] UConn vs. UMass-Lowell Sunday [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Jerome Dyson Playing For First Time Since Feb. 11 [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Alex Oriakhi Off To Good Start [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Calhoun Likes Challenge Of UMass-Lowell [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Okwandu Needs To Improve [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Jim Calhoun on Darius Smith [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Who's Your Shooter? [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Austrie, Anderson on the court together Nov. 27 [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] UConn Moments: Top 10 Men's Losses [Hartford Courant] Lowell Connector [David Borges - New Haven Register] At last, Dyson back as UConn starter [Connecticut Post] UConn men's notebook: Coombs-McDaniel waiting to compete [Connecticut Post] Dyson Returns For UConn Amid Lofty Expectations [Hartford Courant] Dyson to finally take the floor for UConn [New Haven Register] Dyson to finally get on the floor for UConn [The Day] UConn Football links Boise State Needs An Opponent, So Why Not UConn? [SOX & Dawgs] Will We See A Conn/RU Backyard Brawl-Type Game? [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] Would This Work? [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] Report Card (Cincinnati) [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] Big East helmet stickers: Week 10 [Big East Blog - ESPN.com] Postgame Cincinnati [John Silver - Journal Inquirer] Did that really just happen? [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] Cincinnati 47, UConn 45: I am officially losing it [TheUConnBlog.com] UConn comes close, falls in upset bid to Cincinnati [Connecticut Post] UConn football notebook: Kelly admires Edsall's dignity [Connecticut Post] No. 4 Cincinnati Holds Off UConn [Hartford Courant] UConn Defense Shredded [Hartford Courant] UConn Notebook: Frazer Finding His Stride [Hartford Courant] UConn falls painfully close again [AP via New Haven Register] Huskies keep fighting back, but never catch Bearcats [The Day] UConn football notebook [The Day] Huskies lose a shootout to Cincinnati [The Republican-American] Bearcats Avenge 2008 Loss, Top Huskies In Shootout [WLWT.com] UConn Women's Basketball links Tiffany Hayes plays with substance, style [The Republican-American] Other UConn related links Field Hockey: No. 7 Field Hockey Advances to Eighth Straight BIG EAST Final With 2-0 Win Over Louisville [UConnHuskies.com] Women's Volleyball: Huskies Down Rutgers in Five Sets [UConnHuskies.com] Men's Soccer Huskies Fall to Providence 1-0 in Overtime [UConnHuskies.com] Men's Ice Hockey: Huskies Sweep AIC With 4-1 Victory [UConnHuskies.com] no comments
Given the way the UConn Huskies defense played in the first half, the Cincinnati Bearcats should have blown them out. The Bearcats held a 30-10 lead. But the Huskies showed a lot of character and heart as they rallied to cut the lead to two at 40-38. Unfortunately their rally fell short though as Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros had 575 yards of total offense, including one touchdown pass and two rushing touchdowns to lead the Bearcats to a 47-45 win over the Huskies at a sold-out Nippert Stadium on Saturday night. UConn has always had trouble with mobile quarterbacks and it showed on Saturday night with Collaros running for 75 yards and the two scores. However, it was the right arm of Collaros that did most of the damage. He threw for a career-high 480 yards and had the one touchdown pass. Any other night, UConn would have probably won this game with 462 yards of total offense. But it was all for naught. Defense is normally UConn's strong suit. On Saturday night, they were far from perfect as the Bearcats racked up 711 yards of total offense. And that folks was the difference in the game. The defense did make the plays in the second half and the Zach Frazer-led offense started to roll in the second half. Most of the damage the Huskies did was by Jordan Todman out of the backfield. Todman rushed for career-best 162 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. Frazer wasn't bad either as he carried the momentum he built up in the second half of the loss to Rutgers when he started to look comfortable in the offense. He was 19-of-32 for 261 yards and a touchdown pass. But on a night where the offense was better than we've seen all year, the defense played it's worst game. They allowed Cincinnati to score points on their first six possessions of the game. They let Collaros throw for 333 yards in the first half, 112 of them to Mardy Gilyard, who finished with six catches for 172 yards. It just wasn't pretty at all in the first half. Some adjustments though at halftime and the defense turned itself around. They held Cincinnati to just 17 second half points. Considering they gave up 30 points in the first half, this is a good thing. The Huskies contained Collaros and the running game in the second half but in the end, it just wasn't enough. This is the fifth loss of the season for UConn (4-5, 1-4) and they now lost by a grand total of 15 points in those five games. To have any chance of making a bowl game this year, the Huskies will have to win their last three games of the season. And that will be a tall task in itself. Still on the schedule for the Huskies are games against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on the road and two home games against Big East opponents in the Syracuse Orange and South Florida Bulls. The Notre Dame game is certainly a game the Huskies can win if their offense shows up like it did on Saturday ngiht. But if the same "swiss cheese" defense shows up, in the words of the great television show The Sopranos, fuhgetaboutit. They should beat the Orange and they have a chance against the Bulls although they've been a Jekyll and Hyde team this season but are playing well as of late. This Huskies team has been through the ringer and back this season. You have to really wonder how much more they can take. But as long as they continue to believe in themselves and the fans as well, they can do this. It may take a hail mary and a prayer but it can happen. But the big question remains, will it? Scoring:
- The failed two-point conversion with 5:03 to go in the game turned out to be the difference.
- Robert Vaughn's missed tackle of Pead on the touchdown late in the game. If he makes that tackle, Cincinnati probably kicks a field goal making it 5 point lead instead of 9.
- Tackling, tackling and tackling. I can never stress this enough. If the Huskies continue to miss tackles, they're going to continue to have their hearts broken.
- Working on the defense. 711 yards of total offense is completely unacceptable in my book.
- Continue to develop the offense with Frazer. The offensive line did a great job of opening up holes for Todman and that allowed Frazer to have time to find the open receiver.
The Boise State Broncos need an opponent to play on September 3, 2011. So why couldn't the UConn Huskies play them? We all know head coach Randy Edsall likes to start his season with a FCS team or one that his team has a chance to beat. But why not start your season with a challenge with the Broncos? The Broncos play in the WAC which for the Broncos is almost like playing a high school football team. Sure they'll get a challenge now and then but for the most part they usually roll over their conference opponents. And no one from a BCS conference wants to play them. They've offered to play anywhere on that date in 2011. There's even the promise of a nationally televised game on ESPN. They don't even want a return game. So why not UConn? Edsall said the next two games against Cincinnati and Notre Dame are going to be a three hour infomercial for his football program and the university. Why not take that chance again against Boise State? It wouldn't be simple but it is feasible. The Huskies have an open date on their schedule on September 3, 2011. It's a perfect match, right? Unfortunately, it isn't. The Huskies do have room on their schedule for two more games. They are already scheduled to play at Vanderbilt and Buffalo while hosting Iowa State. Notre Dame was on the preliminary schedule but the proposed deal fell through. While it's unlikely to get done in the near future, the Huskies probably won't be playing the Irish again any time soon. The one game that is unscheduled is against the Fordham Rams. More than likely that game would be played on September 3 at Rentschler Field. But with Notre Dame off the schedule, the Huskies need to fill one more slot in the schedule. Why not see if you can play Fordham later on in the season? Other FBS teams play FCS teams at all different points of the season. So why can't UConn do it too? Cody Endres would be a senior that year, Mike Box a junior so the quarterbacks would be experienced as would the offensive line. Same with the defense. UConn would definitely be able to compete with the Broncos. A national television audience, a packed house and an experienced football team like the Huskies would be could definitely provide some competition for Boise State. But Edsall probably wouldn't do it. But he should in my opinion. Why not give your up-and-coming football program a chance to compete against the best. The Big East Conference while good for other sports, isn't exactly the best for football. Sure there are some good teams but no one really cares about the Big East. Everyone's afraid of Boise State. So why couldn't UConn step up and get that signature win if it hasn't come already? It'll take Edsall a lot of convincing to get it done and it can start here. We know Boise State needs an opponent, I say why not UConn, Randy? Boise State BCS Blocked [Yahoo! Sports] no comments
Sorry we're a little late this morning. Walmart was having an early Black Friday sale on certain electronic products. Unfortunately, the store I went to only got one television in and I was third in line. After three trips to other Walmarts in the area, I've returned home sans television. UConn Football links It's game day for the UConn Huskies football team as they are in Cincinnati, OH to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats. The game is in prime time at 8 p.m. on ABC. It is one of three games at 8 p.m. so you can check out which game your getting here. And if you missed my game preview, be sure to check that out as well. Edsall Knows The Score But Urban Meyer Doesn't? [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] Husky kickoff: UConn at Cincinnati, tonight 8 p.m. [Connecticut Post] Huskies face prime-time opportunity [Connecticut Post] Huskies Could Make Huge Statement Vs. No. 4 Bearcats [Hartford Courant] Check Out This Interactive Seating Chart Of Rentschler Field [Hartford Courant] Huskies ready themselves for Cincinnati, primetime [Norwich Bulletin] Huskies look to finish strong [New Haven Register] Never-say-quit Huskies face biggest challenge [The Republican-American] UConn will have 'hands full' at Cincinnati [The Day] No. 4 Cincinnati tries to match best start [AP via Newsday] UConn Women's Basketball links Changing times? [Jim Fuller - New Haven Register] Memories of The College of Saint Rose [John Altavilla - Hartford Courant] Faris Is The Real Deal [Rich Elliott - Connecticut Post] Can anyone beat UConn women's basketball team? [SI.com] UConn Men's Basketball links Dyson and Beverly Cleared to Practice/Play; Coombs-McDaniel Cleared to Practice [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Caron Butler's Papa John's Shoot [UConn Huskies Basketball] Dyson, Beverly cleared [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] Dyson, Beverly Cleared; Not Coombs [David Borges - New Haven Register] UConn clears Dyson, Beverly [Connecticut Post] UConn Clears Dyson, Beverly To Practice, Play [Hartford Courant] Dyson, Beverly cleared to play for UConn men [New Haven Register] Dyson, Beverly cleared to resume play for Huskies [The Republican-American] UConn's Dyson, Beverly to play in Saturday's exhibition [The Day] Other UConn related links Men's Soccer: Huskies Host Providence in BIG EAST Quarterfinal on Saturday [UConnHuskies.com] Women's Volleyball: Volleyball Heads to New Jersey for a Pair of BIG EAST Matches [UConnHuskies.com] Women's Ice Hockey: Hockey East Slate Continues as Huskies Search for First Conference Win in Maine [UConnHuskies.com] Field Hockey: Field Hockey Sweeps BIG EAST Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Honors [UConnHuskies.com] Men's Ice Hockey: Huskies Put 3-1 Sting On Yellow Jackets [UConnHuskies.com] no comments
The UConn Huskies travel to Cincinnati, OH to take on the #5/4/7 Cincinnati Bearcats Saturday night at Nippert Stadium at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. Here are the rosters for the Huskies and the Bearcats. The Line/Prediction: According to Rivals.com, the Bearcats are 17 point favorites and the over/under is 52. My prediction is Cincinnati 27 UConn 21. Tickets: The game is sold-out on Saturday night. However, Cincinnati's secondary ticket provider, the Seat Exchange, has tickets available for the game.
Getting To The Game:
Here is a map for the University of Cincinnati campus. Here is a link for directions and parking to Nippert Stadium. Here is a seating chart for Nippert Stadium. Here is the fan guide and a link to the FAQ. Here is the weather report for Cincinnati.
BROADCAST INFORMATIONTelevision: Saturday’s game will be televised live by ABC Sports and is one of three games in the time spot joined by USC-Arizona State and Nebraska-Oklahoma. Brent Musburger is on play-by-play while Kirk Herbstreit is on color and Lisa Salters is on sidelines. Radio: For the 18th consecutive season, WTIC 1080-AM in Hartford serves as the flagship station for the UConn Radio Network. WTIC is the state’s only 50,000 watt signal and can be heard in 23 states and parts of Canada. Veteran UConn announcers Joe D’Ambrosio (play-by-play) and Wayne Norman (color commentary) return to call the action with Kevin Nathan on the side lines and Eric Davis on production. The UConn pregame show begins 90 minutes prior to kickoff, while home games, the UConn Tailgate Show will air two and a half hours prior to the game with Arnold Dean. UConn football games are also broadcast over the internet at WTIC.com. For a full list of stations on the WTIC/UCONN radio network, click here. Cincinnati Radio: The game will air over the Cincinnati Bearcats Radio Network presented by IMG College starting at 11:30 a.m. on 700 WLW AM, XM 203, and Sirius 122. Dan Hoard (play-by-play), Jim Kelly Jr. (analyst), Tom Gelehrter (sideline), and Mo Egger (host/engineer) make up the UC broadcast team. The radio broadcast can also be heard over the internet at GoBEARCATS.com.
Last Week: For the second straight week, the Huskies lost a heartbreaker, this time to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 28-24. The Cincinnati Bearcats beat the Syracuse Orange 28-7. History: The Huskies are 1-4 all-time against Cincinnati and 1-3 in BIG EAST action. Also, they are 0-3 at Nippert Stadium. The Huskies only win came last year when they won 40-16. Connections:
- The UConn roster has two players from Ohio on it -- Lindsey Witten of Cleveland and redshirt freshman defensive end Ted Jennings of Dayton.
- The Cincinnati roster does not have a Connecticut native on it.
- UConn’s assistant head coach for defense Hank Hughes coached defensive line for the Bearcats in 1993 under Tim Murphy. Cincinnati went 8-3 that season.
- Saturday vs. Rutgers: UConn led 24-21 after taking their first lead of the game with 38 seconds to go. Rutgers scored on an 81-yard pass play for the 28-24 win.
- Sept. 12 vs. North Carolina: UConn led 10-0 after three quarters, but gave up 12 fourth quarter points for the loss. The Tar Heels scored the winning points on a safety when UConn was called for holding in the endzone.
- Oct. 10 vs. Pittsburgh: UConn led 21-3 late in the third quarter. Pittsburgh scored a TD with 12 seconds left in the third quarter and added a TD and field goal as time expired for the win.
- Oct. 24 vs. West Virginia: UConn led 17-14 at halftime and took a 24-21 lead with 3:50 to go in the fourth on an 88-yard TD play. West Virginia came right back and scored on a 56-yard running play with 2:10 to go for the win.
- Passing Offense - 39th at 238.50 (Second in BIG EAST)
- Total Offense - 38th at 402.25 (Third in BIG EAST)
- Total Defense - 31st at 323.00 (Fifth in BIG EAST)
- Scoring Defense - 36th at 20.63 (Fifth in BIG EAST)
- Net Punting - 20th at 38.00 (First in BIG EAST)
- Kickoff Returns - 16th at 25.42 (Second in BIG EAST)
- Fumbles Rec. - t39th at 7 (Fourth in BIG EAST)
- Interceptions - t14th at 11 (Third in BIG EAST)
- Sacks - 14th at 2.88 (Third in BIG EAST)
UConn Football links The UConn Huskies football news will be coming up shortly in the game preview section other news. UConn Women's Basketball links Memorable debut [Jim Fuller - New Haven Register] Lynx Get First Pick in WNBA Draft; Sun Draft Third [John Altavilla - Hartford Courant] Tina To The Lynx? Renee Thinks So [Rich Elliott - Connecticut Post] Faris lives up to billing as UConn women rout St. Rose [Connecticut Post] UConn Women Dominate Exhibition [Hartford Courant] Freshman Kelly Faris Impressive In UConn Women's Exhibition Opener [Hartford Courant] A First Look [Hartford Courant] A Score to Settle [New Haven Register] Faris shines in UConn’s rout of Div. II St. Rose [New Haven Register] UConn women are nice and tough [The Republican-American] Freshman Faris stands out in first game [The Daily Campus] UConn Men's Basketball links No curses here [Caron Butler Blog] Countdown: 8 [TheUConnBlog.com] Player by Player vs. AIC [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Status on UConn's Dyson, Beverly unchanged [Connecticut Post] Documents Submitted, But Dyson, Beverly Not Cleared Yet [Hartford Courant] Huskies have pieces in place [New Haven Register] Younger Huskies take advantage of chances [The Day] Time to kick things off at Gampel [The Daily Campus] Other UConn related links Men's Ice Hockey: Huskies To Open Home Season At Freitas Friday [UConnHuskies.com] Men's Ice Hockey: Huskies hope to win first game in front of home crowd [The Daily Campus] Women's Ice Hockey: Four UConn Women's Ice Hockey Student-Athletes Named to WHEA All-Star Roster [UConnHuskies.com] Women's Ice Hockey: Women's hockey team still searching for first Hockey East win [The Daily Campus] Women's Soccer: Taylor Named BIG EAST Defensive Player Of The Year [UConnHuskies.com] Men's Soccer: Providence comes to Storrs for quarterfinal matchup [The Daily Campus] Field Hockey: Road to Big East Championship starts against Louisville [The Daily Campus] no comments