Saturday, September 2, 2000

UCONN Football Playing With The Big Boys Now

Well, there isn't a box score at ESPN yet to link to, but UConn just wrapped up their first game as a 1A football team. 21 point underdogs to Eastern Michigan, they lost 32-25 in a game that they very well could have won. A few key errors (a penalty on fourth down play, a fumbled punt return, and a late interception) ruined their chances, but those kinds of mistakes are, hopefully, the kind of thing good coaching will cut down on over the course of the season. The good news was they didn't appear overmatched. Sure, EMU is a MAC team, hardly one of your powerhouse conferences, but Toledo humiliated Penn State tonight and Western Michigan gave #5 Wisconsin (will the Shoebox be their downfall?) a run for their money. Huskies showed promise tonight: QB Ryan Tracey threw for 340 yards and 3 TDs, the INT was a killer, but he could be decent QB. Bad news: they rushed for 62 yards on 25 carries for a 2.5 yard/carry average against a Terwilliger Q. Pantywaist-type defense. (I have no idea what that means either, it was just the feyest name I could think of on the spur of the moment.)

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