UConn suffered a disappointing loss at home Saturday to bring the Huskies’ record to 2-2 with a tough stretch of season coming up.
Here is how UConn’s upcoming opponents did in Week 4:
No. 6 Houston (4-0) W 64-3 Over Texas State (1-2)
Not really sure what to say about this one. Shame on the Cougars for allowing a second quarter field goal? Houston allowed 142 yards, including only 33 on the ground and didn’t commit a single penalty. They are really good on both sides of the ball and will likely cause some problems for UConn all over.
Star quarterback Greg Ward Jr., who missed last year’s game, finished 20-of-26 passing for 289 yards, throwing for two touchdowns while adding another 39 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Houston and UConn do battle in Texas this Thursday. Kickoff is at 8:00 p.m and the game will be televised on ESPN.
Cincinnati (3-1) W 27-20 Over Miami (OH) (0-4)
The Bearcats rebounded from a 40-16 drubbing by Houston last week to beat the Redhawks despite trailing going into the fourth quarter. Miami (OH) took a 17-10 lead early in the third quarter, but the offense sputtered the rest of the way as the Bearcats outscored the Redhawks 17-3 over the final 20 minutes of the game.
True freshman quarterback Ross Trail made his first career start, completing 25 of his 38 passes for 276 yards and zero touchdowns with two interceptions. Tion Green and Mike Boone led the rushing attack, running for 83 and 74 yards, respectively. Each had a touchdown.
UConn and Cincinnati face off at Rentschler Field on October 8 at 11:30 a.m.
South Florida (3-1) L To No. 13 Florida State (3-1), 55-35
This matchup started off hot and heavy offensively. Two plays from scrimmage into the game, we had a 7-7 tie after two long touchdowns. The Bulls took a 14-7 lead early and then things got real bad, real fast as the Seminoles ripped off 38 unanswered points. The Bulls scored 21 points over the final 19 minutes in what was essentially garbage time to make it look slightly closer.
Florida State put up 647 yards of offense to the Bulls’ 450. Quinton Flowers did not have a banner day passing, going 5-of-14 for 160 yards with a touchdown and two picks. He was also USF’s leading rusher, almost matching his passing total with his 159 yards on the ground.
The Huskies travel to Tampa to play the Bulls on October 15.
Central Florida (2-2) W Over Florida International (0-4), 53-14
Yay! UCF won an FBS game for the first time since December 4, 2014, a span of 662 days. The Knights torched a Conference-USA school who fired their coach after the game. Baby steps, maybe they’ll compete in the #conFLiCT this year.
The Knights scored a touchdown at the 12:05 mark of the first quarter and converted the two-point conversion to give themselves an early 8-0 lead. They never looked back, with their lead getting as high as 53-7 before the Panthers scored a late touchdown.
Part III of the storied UConn-UCF rivalry will take place at Rentschler Field on October 22 as part of UConn’s Homecoming festivities.
East Carolina (2-2) L 54-17 to Virginia Tech (3-1)
This one was not good for the Pirates. The Hokies scored the first 38 points, all in the first half. ECU scored on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, but also gave up a safety 10 minutes later. The game was close in just about every key stat but the scoreboard. Time of possession, first downs, turndowns and offensive yards were all very even, but the Hokies finished their drives and the Pirates did not.
Philip Nelson was 17-34 passing with 362 yards, adding two touchdowns. Anthony Scott ran 14 times for 69 yards, leading the subpar rushing attack.
East Carolina and UConn play in Greenville on October 29.
Temple (2-2) W Over Charlotte (1-3), 47-20
The Owls rode a 28-point second quarter to a big win over the 49ers. Charlotte actually led after the first quarter, 7-3, but the Temple offense came to play in the second, scoring 21 in the final seven minutes.
Phillip Walker was 15-of-26 for 268 yards and two touchdowns. Jahad Thomas and Ryquell Armstead each had two rushing touchdowns, combining for 101 yards on 20 rushes as Temple gained 210 total rushing yards.
The Huskies will host the Owls for a Friday Night game on November 4.
Boston College (2-2) W Over Wagner, 42-10 (2-1)
Last week, BC lost 49-0 to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, but had its home opener this past weekend against FCS Wagner to try and right the ship. The Eagles scored 14 points in each of the first three quarters while shutting out the Seahawks in the second half to claim victory.
The Eagles only allowed 107 yards of offense while racking up 490 of their own, an even 300 of which was on the ground. Patrick Towles went 9-of-16 passing for 157 yards, throwing two touchdowns and running in for two more. Jon Hillman, who had 19 carries for 83 yards, supplied the final two scores. Davon Jones led the attack from a yardage perspective, rushing for 90 yards on 12 carries.
BC welcomes the Huskies to Chestnut Hill (not Boston) on November 19.
Tulane (2-2) W Over Louisiana-Lafayette (2-2) 41-39 (4 OT)
In a quadruple overtime thriller at Yulman Stadium in Uptown New Orleans, the Green Wave were able to vanquish the Ragin’ Cajuns on a two-point conversion stop.
It was a defensive battle, despite the high score, it was 16-16 at the end of regulation. Glen Cuiellette led the passing attack for Tulane, completing 10 of 23 passes for four touchdowns and one interception. Dontrell Hilliard and Josh Rounds had 49 and 45 yards respectively. Tulane did not have a rushing touchdown.
Tulane will come to East Hartford on November 26, which will be Senior Day.