Templedämmerung: Owls beat Huskies in OT

Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Huskies fall to Temple 17-14 in what might be the worst loss in UConn history.

Sometimes it sucks to be right. But really, who didn't see this coming -- I missed a good portion of the first quarter, when UConn was throwing the ball all over the field and put up a 14-0 lead, but did anyone expect the Huskies to keep that up? No. Of course not. And UConn didn't, as its briefly-prolific offense was shut down in the second half as Temple wormed their way back in.

No one deserves to get off easy today. Not the defense, which spent large portions of the game forgetting how to tackle. Not the offense, which still can't run or block (the line play was horrendous all afternoon). Not the special teams, where Chad Christen missed four (FOUR!) field goals, including an overtime chip shot. But, as always, the biggest portion of the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of the coaching staff.

Short of UConn running the table and going 8-4 (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA), I cannot imagine a scenario in which Paul Pasqualoni and George DeLeone are allowed to keep their jobs. The product on the field is inexcusably bad, and it will be tough to find fans who are still interested in paying money to see this team play.

Look, this loss was humiliating in a dozen different ways -- it was painful from a pure football perspective, but it also came against lowly Temple (winning back-to-back Big East games for the first time ever), on homecoming, and against Steve Addazio, the man booster Robert Burton wanted the school to hire instead of Pasqualoni. The fans -- the vocal ones at least -- are not happy and are calling for a change. I have no objection to lending my voice to that effort. Paul Pasqualoni is a bad football coach. George DeLeone is a worse offensive coordinator. I didn't like the hire when it happened, but I was willing to give it a shot. That shot is over. It's time for a change.

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