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TheRoundUp 10/17: UConn fails to lose to USF

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Defense came to play for uconn in win over south florida - Hartford Courant
Finally, it says the Huskies may be looking at a whole new problem in the passing game: increased pressure. It's not exactly a problem the Huskies want to have with a first-year quarterback already leading a sputtering offense.

Missed chances still plaguing USF offense |
Better efficiency in capitalizing on chances in the scoring zone is critical going forward, Holtz said, but so too is simply taking care of the football. The Bulls have lost the turnover battle in each Big East Conference game this season and have six turnovers in the past two games after committing just five in the first four.

Final: UConn 16, USF 10 - Big East Blog - ESPN
The difference in the game was a defensive score. Twyon Martin forced Darrell Scott to fumble, and Byron Jones returned it 10 yards for the go-ahead score in the third quarter. UConn forced three more turnovers and held USF without a point in five trips inside the Huskies 35.

USF Makes Lame Excuses For Not Throwing The Ball More Against UConn - Voodoo Five
YOU THREW EIGHT PASSES IN THE FIRST HALF. And several of those were quick screens that are basically running plays. How can you claim you had to figure out what you could throw when you didn't really try? Oh, and once you figured out what you could throw on that first drive in the third quarter, you didn't come back to any of it. Plus Daniels has a cannon for an arm, I'm fairly sure he can cut through a stiff breeze on medium-length passes.

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Connecticut 16, USF 10 - Voodoo Five
Connecticut gave up 929 yards passing in its last two games. Their best cornerback was injured. They do a pretty good job against the run. And you didn't even TRY to throw the ball down the field? Two weeks ago Western Michigan ran for 11 yards against the Huskies and won. The Broncos didn't even bother with a run game because it was so easy to throw the ball. Maybe I'm crazy, but I think USF has more talent at the skill positions than Western Michigan does. Instead, Fitch was running the ball on first and second down well into the fourth quarter, and never seriously challenged the beleaguered UConn secondary.

The Day - UConn defense taking its cues from teams past | News from southeastern Connecticut
"I was in the same situation," Moore said after UConn's 16-10 win over South Florida on Saturday, spurred by the defense. "When the opportunity showed, I was able to make something happen. Those two guys now are making themselves big-time factors."

UConn's First Practice - Hartford Courant
"I think the stories about how tough our first practices are have become a little exaggerated," he said. "The guys who have been here all summer, like Ray [Allen] have been filling their heads with that. It's not a contest. ... I think we were a little bit in 'survival mode' as opposed to having a goal."

UConn Freshman Guard Ryan Boatright Is Tough And Good -
"That came from my upbringing," Boatright said. "They told me every day, 'don't you let anyone bully you out there.' It was mostly my mamma. If she found out some kid punked me, bullied me, she'd beat me up herself."

Big East Basketball Preview: Can UConn really repeat? - Searching for Billy Edelin
But one strong parallel you can draw between this and last year's teams is this: there's argument to be made the the Huskies will repeat only if it gets a surprise improvement from its starting point guard Last year it was Walker, and this season sophomore Shabazz Napier will be asked to drive the boat for Calhoun. Pizzazz not needed. "Since I’ve been here, he’s the best true point guard since Marcus Williams," assistant coach George Blaney told Blue Ribbon Yearbook. "He can create baskets for you without running offense."

UConn's Jeremy Lamb poised in return for sophomore season –
"I think you will see him with the ball a little bit more, probably," associate head coach George Blaney said of Lamb. "I think you'll also see him rebound more. His defense in the Butler game was spectacular. He's got all-around skills, and he can score so many different ways."