Syracuse 40, UConn 10: Huskies routed by Orange at Carrier Dome

UConn drops to 0-3 in the Big East and 3-5 overall as they are crushed by Syracuse, 40-10, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

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College football roundup: The misery continues

Has there ever been a worse time to be a college football fan in New England? The misery continued for Boston College, UMass and UConn.


Blown out by 'Cuse, UConn fans vent

The Connecticut Huskies took it on the chin on Friday night, getting blown out at the Carrier Dome by Syracuse. The Orange reeled off 27 unanswered points to clinch a 40-10 win. It was a homecoming for former 'Cuse coach Paul Pasqualoni, who won four Big East titles with the Orange. But he looks to be a long ways away from the kind of conference glory in his current role, as the Huskies still search for their first Big East win this season.

After the ugly loss, The UConn Blog was understandably despondent, searching for answers with four games still left to play. Andrew Porter addressed the catastrophic night in upstate New York:

I come to bury UConn football, not to praise it. I have neither the energy nor the inclination to look for something positive after this game. Tonight's 40-10 loss to Syracuse was an absolute disaster from start to finish and it easily snatched the "Worst Loss in UConn HIstory" title from last week's Temple game.

But there's a still a month to play, can it get any worse? Porter wouldn't be surprised if the Huskies checked out for a program that appears to be going nowhere under Pasqualoni. He also wouldn't be surprised if things got even uglier in November:

I love UConn, and I will watch every game for the rest of the season out of what a bizarre and self-defeating sense of obligation, but it's hard to do it with any hope or passion. I've quit. I'm done. I might show up, but it'll be hard to care. And if that's how I'm going to feel, I have a hard time holding the players to a higher standard. I'm sure they've tried hard, but they're playing on a go-nowhere team for a program-killing coach. This season is done, and if they want to act like it at this point I won't blame them.

After a 30-point loss to a team that's under .500, it's hard for Huskies fans to be hopeful. And the voices at The UConn Blog certainly express that sentiment.

The Huskies will now have a bye week to lick their wounds. They travel to Tampa for a game against South Florida to start the month of November.


Huskies crushed by Syracuse, 40-10

The Syracuse Orange rushed for 253 yards, and Ryan Nassib threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns, as the Connecticut Huskies were obliterated by the Orange 40-10 on Friday night at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

The game was tight early on as Connecticut (3-5, 0-3 Big East) scored on a 32-yard connection from Chandler Whitmer to Ryan Griffin to close an early gap to 13-10 with 3:39 left in the second quarter, but the Orange (3-4, 2-1 Big East) responded two minutes later with a strike from Ryan Nassib to Beckett Wales to seize the momentum and take a 20-10 lead into halftime. Connecticut would never recover, as Syracuse would score 20 unanswered in the second half to turn the game into a rout. The third quarter devastating for the Huskies, who gained only one first down on three possessions, while Syracuse put the game well out of reach with two touchdowns and a field goal.

Connecticut struggled with the Orange defensive front all game long. A rushing attack ranked #115 in the country showed why, finishing with -7 rushing yards on 18 attempts and converting only 3-13 third downs. Chandler Whitmer threw for 291 yards, but completed only 23/41 passes for the lone touchdown and an interception. The big surprise was that a Connecticut defense that came into the game giving up only 16.3 ppg was absolutely shredded by a statistically middling Orange offense.

Syracuse's offense started slowly, but got stronger as the game wore on. The Orange rushed for 253 yards on 53 carries, including a career best performance from Jerome Smith, who gained 135 yards and a score. Quarterback Ryan Nassib passed for 241 yards and two touchdowns, the bulk of the passes going to receiver Alec Lemon, who finished with eight receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown.

The loss puts the Huskies' bowl hopes on life support, as Connecticut drops to 3-5 with undefeated Louisville and Cincinnati still on the schedule. The Huskies need to finish 3-1 to become bowl eligible. They enter their bye week on a three game losing streak, and return to action against South Florida on November 3.


Syracuse takes a commanding 37-10 lead over UConn

The Syracuse Orange scored 17 third quarter points to take a commanding 37-10 lead over the Connecticut Huskies heading into the fourth quarter of their Big East matchup on Friday night in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse received the ball to start the half, and immediately marched down the field on a five play drive highlighted by a 68 yard completion from Ryan Nassib to Alec Lemon. Prince-Tyson Gully finished the drive with a four yard touchdown run. After a UConn three-and-out, Jerome Smith took five straight handoffs and marched the Orange down to the Husky 25, where Ross Krautman kicked a career-long 42-yard field goal. Syracuse would add another touchdown on an 11-yard strike from Nassib to Lemon.

Connecticut was unable to get anything going offensively, gaining only one first down on three drives in the quarter. The Huskies only have 211 yards through three quarters, and -15 rushing yards while going 1-10 on third down.

Ryan Nassib has thrown for 244 yards and two scores for Syracuse, 168 of those yards going to receiver Alec Lemon. Jerome Smith has rushed for a career-high 136 yards

While there wasn't a lot for UConn fans to laugh about in the third quarter, there was at least one moment that would make any fan smile:



Huskies trail 'Cuse 20-10 at halftime

Ryan Griffin hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass from Chandler Whitmer with 3:30 left in the second quarter, but the Syracuse Orange were also able to score two second-quarter touchdowns and enter halftime with a 20-10 lead over the Connecticut Huskies.

Griffin's touchdown reception came on a play in which Whitmer rolled out to the right, then threw all the way across the field to Griffin, who was sneaking down the left sideline. The touchdown capped a four-play, 90-yard Connecticut drive that lasted just over a minute and included three passing plays of over 15 yards.

Earlier in the quarter, Syracuse's Adonis Ameen-Moore scored on a one-yard touchdown run, giving the Orange a temporary 13-3 lead. After Connecticut responded Griffin's touchdown, Syracuse embarked on a 77-yard drive that ended with a 3-yard strike from Ryan Nassib to Beckett Wales at the 1:19 mark.

The touchdowns opened up a game that featured field goal kickers in the first quarter, with Connecticut's Chad Christen kicking a 23-yarder. Syracuse's Ross Krautman kicked two field goals for the Orange.

Connecticut struggled to run the ball in the first half, with -25 rushing yards on 13 carries. They fared much better through the air as Whitmer completed 14-of-23 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown. Nassib was held to 104 yards on 12 attempts, but also has 87 yards on 21 carries for the Orange.


UConn trails Syracuse 6-3 after end of 1st quarter

A 23-yard Chad Cristen field goal put the Connecticut Huskies on the board, but they trail the Syracuse Orange at the end of the first quarter in a Big East football clash. Cristen's field goal capped a six-minute, 66-yard Connecticut drive after the Huskies went 3-and out on their first two possessions. However, Syracuse's Ross Krautman has two field goals of his own to give the Orange a 6-3 lead.

Cristen's field goal ended a drive in which it looked as if Connecticut had turned the ball over on two separate occasions. At the 28-yard line, Chandler Whitmer had thrown a pass that was batted away by a defensive back and picked off for an interception, but that play was called back on pass interference. Two plays later, Nick Williams caught an eight yard pass and was stripped by a Syracuse defender, but was able to recover the ball amid a sea of Orange players.

Syracuse was able to move the ball easily on their first possession, but the drive stalled at the five-yard line, leading to the field goal. The other was spurred by a long punt return to the Connecticut 21.


Huskies go for 1st Big East win in primetime

UConn heads to Syracuse for a Friday night primetime game on ESPN.

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