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JOE D’S NOTEBOOK: UCF Recap

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UCF- The Recap: There isn’t really much to say after what happened to the UConn football team on Saturday in Orlando. The Huskies were pummeled by a very very good Central Florida team 62-17 at Bright House Network Stadium. The game wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate and that is a painful statement.

From the first series of the game until the last, UCF was the far superior team. Blake Bortles picked apart the Connecticut defense until he was mercifully (for UConn) lifted with 12:01 to go in the third quarter. He had plenty of time to throw to pick out his receivers, who once they caught the ball, had little problem shedding potential tacklers. I am sure the game film will not be pretty as to how many tackles Knights receivers broke. I guarantee it is in double digits. And when Bortles didn’t find a receiver open, he ran the ball expertly. He is by far, the best quarterback UConn has seen this season.

Offensively, it was another long day in the education of freshman QB Tim Boyle. He struggled to find open receivers and when he did, the ball was not delivered adequately. The two road games for Boyle have not gone well. I still think it was the right decision to play him and frankly, I think you still have to play him the rest of the way. To have burnt his red shirt for three games would be as silly as letting Brandon Workman bat in the 9th inning on Saturday (sorry, Red Sox nation…not).Take away Lyle McCombs 57 yard run in the first quarter and the UConn ground game (not counting the quarterbacks), totaled 52 yards in 25 carries, barely 2 yards per attempt.

The special teams were not special either, specifically the kickoff return unit. In 6 returnable kicks, UConn never got the ball past the 24 yards line and that happened on the final return of the game by John Green.That has been a recurring trend all season long.

The numbers don’t lie and what the numbers show is this is a potentially historically bad football team. Whatever the reason, and you are allowed to make your own determinations,things are not clicking. In the three road games this season, UConn has been outscored a staggering 144-45. That is mind boggling.

The last time the Huskies had a bye week, there were changes made. The biggest change that has to happen this week is people have to look in the mirror and decide how they want to be remembered. It is up to them.

One note that has nothing to do with the final score. How classless was UCF head coach George O’Leary to challenge a fumble call with 3 minutes to play in a 55-17 game. Unbelievable. I guess it will look good on his resume.

While football attempts to regroup, the basketball season tips off this week with great anticipation for both teams. Here is our schedule for the week.

Monday-6p, Kevin Ollie show at Rooftop 120 on Hebron Ave in Glastonbury
Tuesday-6p,Geno Auriemma show at Geno’s Grille on Dog Lane in Mansfield
Wednesday-6:30 pre, men’s exhibition game vs Southern Ct State at Gampel.
Friday-6:30 pre, women’s exhibition game vs Gannon at Gampel.

I hope you can join us.

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