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.
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.