"This obviously is a tough deal on everybody," Pasqualoni said. "That's what football and life is about: adversity."
The Owls under Addazio faced that adversity Saturday. Heck, they lost this game three times and still won. They lost it in the first quarter when they were outgained 192 to 11 yards. They lost it when Montel Harris was stopped cold by Angelo Pruitt and Ryan Wirth on fourth-and-12 inches at the UConn 24 with 8:21 left. They lost it again when Jory Johnson broke through the Temple line on fourth-and-1 at the UConn 39 and threw Harris for a loss with 5:17 left.
"Those two plays really cut me," Addazio said. "I'm a line guy. I'm a run-game guy. That's also probably the best defense in the conference."
And the yardage differential, which would grow to 227 to 8 in the second quarter?
"How do you come back from that?" Addazio said. "Will, grit, determination, fight."
"We talked before the game. No one can break your will. No one can control your will. We control our will. We'll never stop fighting."
Now we see how the Huskies, 0-2 in the Big East, fight. Now we see how Christen controls his emotions as well as his kicks. He remembered back to last year when he kicked a ball out of bounds in the loss to Western Michigan and that led to a score.
"I'm going to go back, take a look at the film and make evaluations," he said. "Every kick I've missed has stayed to the right. It's my job to get it corrected."
The seeds of this horrible outcome, in fact, might have been planted two days earlier in Storrs.
"I didn't have a good practice Thursday and that is our dress rehearsal day," Christen said. "Today is a direct reflection. It carried over to the game.
"It was a whole combination of stuff. Our practice field is not in great condition. I was kicking the same exact kicks and took it out here. It's a matter of technical stuff and bouncing back. I look forward to rebounding from this and staying strong.
"This is very tough. I respect the seniors so much. I know they have my back as much as I have theirs. We stick together, live and die as a team."
Asked what he'd tell Christen, Wirth, one of those seniors, said, "'Keep your head up.' I don't point fingers at anybody. Nobody on our teams does. That's not going to get us anywhere."
And with that, maybe Chad Christen felt a little less lonely.