Although the final score indicates a two-touchdown victory for the Louisville Cardinals, the game was much closer and much more entertaining than the score indicates. Down 11 points with just over two minutes to play, UConn quarterback, Johnny McEntee orchestrated a 75-yard drive that set up a field goal to make it a one-score game. UConn then recovered an onside kick and had one play to go 60 yards and potentially tie the game. After multiple laterals, Louisville ended up with the football and returned it for a touchdown as time expired, making it a two-score game again.
The Cardinals took an early 14-0 lead after Adrian Bushell returned the opening kick for a touchdown and Daniel Brown rushed for another touchdown, but UConn has answered with a touchdown and field goal of their own. They outscored the Cardinals 10-0 in the second quarter and go into halftime down only four. A Louisville interception with less than two minutes remaining gave the Huskies a short field, which they capitalized on by scoring a touchdown with 53 seconds remaining.
The total yards tally is 165 for the Huskies and 105 for the Cardinals.
UConn quarterback, Johnny McEntee has completed six of 14 passes for for 106 yards. Running back Lyle McCombs has carried the ball eight times for 34 yards. Both teams have accumulated 20 penalties yards and Louisville has committed the game's only turnover.
The second half of the game can be seen on Gameplan. The Huskies will receive the ball to start the third quarter.
At 4-5 the Huskies are looking for their first back-to-back wins of the season, but will now have to dig themselves out of a two-touchdown deficit to do so. After one quarter of play the Huskies find themselves down 14-0 to their 5-5 Big East rival, the Louisville Cardinals.
Adrian Bushell of Louisville returned the opening kick 100 yards to give the Cardinals an early seven-point lead. Later in the quarter Louisville running back, Daniel Brown punched another touchdown in from six yards out, which capped a nine play, 81 yard scoring drive.
UConn quarterback has only completed one pass for 14 yards. Lyle McCombs has a long of 22 yards on one carry, but has netted negative two yards on his only other three carries of the quarter. Neither team has committed a turnover.
The remainder of the game can be seen on Gameplan.
Broadcast Information: Saturday's game between the Huskies and Cardinals will be televised nationally on ESPN, with Pam Ward providing play-by-play and Dan Hawkins providing analysis.
The game will be re-aired in a condensed mode by SNY on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.
The game can also be heard on WTIC 1080-AM, the home of UConn football.
Series History: UConn and Louisville will be meeting for the eight time Saturday, with the Cardinals holding a 4-3 advantage. Louisville defeated UConn 26-0 last season to notch its first Big East shutout.
Last Time Out: UConn bested Syracuse 28-21 thanks to a pair of freshmen. Lyle McCombs ran for 152 yards and one touchdown, and classmate Scott McCummings ran for two scores of his own after taking over for Johnny McEntee in the fourth quarter.
Louisville was limited to 280 total yards in a 21-14 home loss to Pittsburgh. Freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was 18-26 for 165 yards, and also led the Cardinals with 54 yards rushing on 10 carries.
Lyle McCombs and the Connecticut Huskies (4-5) square off against the Louisville Cardinals (5-5) as both teams continue their search for the all-important sixth bowl-clinching win on Saturday at Rentscheler Field in East Hartford, CT.