The Line Couldn't Keep It Going
The offensive line had done a decent job the previous two games when it came to running the ball and protecting the quarterback, save for the vicious hit Chandler Whitmer took at Louisville. The line didn't hold up well against the Bearcats at all, and that wasn't so much because of mistakes. It was because they were overpowered, a common theme throughout the game in all three phases. Lyle McCombs rushed for 60 yards on 21 carries. Whitmer (16 of 31, 264 yards, one touchdown, one interception) was sacked four times before he gave way to Johnny McEntee following another shot to the head late in the third quarter.
Defense Wasn't On Point
The Bearcats showed the want and dominance to the UConn defense that only Rutgers and Syracuse had before, and just like in those games, the Huskies couldn't seal the deal.
When the Bearcats offense needed a play, they got a play or, they got several of them in succession. The six-play, 76-yard drive on the first possession and the seven-play, 65-yard drive of the third quarter were scoring drives that sent a message to the UConn defense.
UConn announced the crowd at 33,112. The number was generous. The point however, is there were a lot of empty seats at Rentschler. Seniors last game didn't move folks? OK. Weather was a nightmare, absolute concern. Don't like the product or the coach? Understood — but the Cincinnati-UConn game was a nationally televised game. More than half the country would have access to the game. We just heard the ACC talk about perception of the program being in issue in why it selected Louisville over UConn. Empty seats contribute to the perception of the program as well. That's the reality, like it or not.
Griffin Makes Most Of Senior Day
What a finish by Ryan Griffin on the 74-yard catch and scoring run in the second quarter. How about the dive at the end? It was a nice memory for Griffin to leave on the field in his last game at Rentschler Field. He and McCombs finish the season with six touchdowns apiece to lead the Huskies in 2012. Griffin won't be back, and neither will his buddy and fellow tight end John Delahunt. The Huskies are going to severely miss both.
Talent Upgrade Needed
The Huskies need to upgrade their talent all the way around, and they have to upgrade the schedule to include some bigger boys, although a balance is understood. But that's how the UConn football program gets better going forward. It was obvious which team was more talented Saturday. That's where UConn has to get.