Mistakes, penalties, poor offensive line play, and turnovers are all things that, in Bob Diaco's words, cause losing. And UConn did all of these things tonight, losing to Tulane, 12-3 on Saturday night in New Orleans.
In fact, this game was nothing different from what we've seen all this season. The Huskies come out on their first drive looking somewhat impressive, but then let the fans down with less than a touchdown. They opened the game with a solid drive to Tulane's 27 yard line, only to kick a field goal. It was all downhill from there.
So downhill, that despite starting drives near midfield for most of the first half the Huskies were still not able to score. The Huskies would try running left, running right, running up the middle, but nothing was successful. On the entire night the Huskies ran the ball 28 times for 74 yards, with Arkeel Newsome leading the team in rushing with 38 yards. Diaco also tried putting Tim Boyle in then game at quarterback, but he threw an interception.
Tulane wasn't much better. They were only able to muster seven points the entire first half, when quarterback Nick Montana hit Charles Jones with a seven yard score for a touchdown on the Green Wave's first drive.
The second half was much of the same. Both offenses were lackluster, but the Huskies made more mistakes. The biggest mistake came when no one seemed to block, and the Huskies were on their own one yard line, causing Max DeLorenzo to be stuffed in the end zone for a safety, putting Tulane up 3-9.
UConn's defense looked good as they have all season. Over the course of the entire 2nd half, the defense would only allow a field goal from Tulane, giving UConn a fighting chance near the end.
This chance would come with about 3:54 left in the game. UConn drove all the way to Tulane's 18 yard-line, only for kicker Bobby Puyol to miss a 36-yard field goal that would have cut the deficit to 6.
It seemed missed opportunities was the name of this game. Hopefully, we won't miss the next opportunity to get a win, which it seems unlikely with ECU and UCF next on the schedule. Army is next on the schedule after those two at Yankees Stadium.