Today the Huskies continued their recent dominance of the Orange, winning for the sixth time in the last eight meetings between the teams. Former 'Cuse coach and current Huskies coach, Paul Pasqualoni's squad were able to pull out the seven point victory despite committing five turnovers – three by quarterback Johnny McEntee.
The aforementioned McEntee was unable to take advantage of a suspect Syracuse secondary, only completing eight of 14 passes for 113 yards. He did throw for one touchdown, but threw two picks and lost a fumble.
The Huskies were carried by their rushing attack, led by freshman running back Lyle McCombs, who rushed for 152 yards on 23 carries, including a touchdown and a long of 63 yards.
The win moves UConn to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in the Big East, and the loss drops Syracuse to 5-4 and 1-3 in the Big East.
The Uconn Huskies have to feel good about being tied with Big East rival, the Syracuse Orange, after three quarters, despite committing five turnovers and four penalties for 55 yards.
Outside of the turnover differential both teams have played very similar games. The Huskies have 266 total yards, to the Orange's 316. Time of possession is 23:11 for UConn and 24:09 for 'Cuse.
Husky quarterback Johnny McEntee has completed seven of thirteen passes for a total of 95 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Freshman running back Lyle McCombs has rushed for more than 100 yards for the sixth time this season, racking up 137 on 22 carries, including a long of 63 and one touchdown. McCombs also has a fumble lost, along with Scott McCummings, McEntee – who's accounted for three turnovers single-handedly.
The fourth and final quarter can be found on ESPN U.
The UConn Huskies are deadlocked with the Syracuse Orange 7-7 at halftime of their Big East showdown. It has a sloppy first half that has seen each team commit multiple turnovers (five for the Huskies, two for the Orange) and multiple penalties (three for each team).
The Huskies have racked up 149 total yards compared to 156 gained by the Orange. Each team has had possession of the ball for nearly identical times – 15:04 for UConn and 14:49 for Syracuse.
UConn quarterback Johnny McEntee has completed five of eleven passes for 63 yards, including a touchdown and two interceptions. Running back Lyle McCombs is well on his way to another 100 yard rushing game – his sixth of the season – with 89 yards on 14 carries.
The Huskies have to consider themselves lucky to be tied despite committing five turnovers ... in the first half!
The second half of this game is being broadcast on ESPN U.
Led by former Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni the Huskies are currently hosting the Orange in a Big East showdown. The Huskies came into today's game with a 3-5 record (1-2 Big East) against the 5-3 Orange (1-2 Big East).
Despite having a worse record the Huskies entered the day as two-point home favorites and have taken an early 7-0 lead after one quarter of play. Quarterback Johnny McEntee has thrown three passes, one for the game's only touchdown – a 10 yard strike to John Delahunt – and one interception. Running back Lyle McCombs – who's averaging 100-plus yards per game – already has 84 yards on eight carries, including a long of 63.
Each team already has two turnovers in what's been a sloppy first quarter. Connecticut is out-gaining the Orange 113 to 49 thus far.
Running back Lyle McCombs, who's averaging over 100 yards rushing per game, is sure to be a key weapon in the Connecticut offense; however, quarterback Johnny McEntee still needs to take advantage of the Syracuse secondary, which has been suspect at best.
Simply put, there's a lot on the line for both teams heading into Saturday's showdown.
Game date, time: 12 p.m. ET, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011
Location: Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut
TV channel: ESPNU
Spread: Huskies are favored by two points
Series history: UConn leads the all-time series, 5-2
The Connecticut Huskies have owned the Syracuse Orange the last four times they met, but will 'Pasqualoni Bowl' distract UConn when they take the field on Saturday for this weekend's Big East showdown?