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UConn Football Falls to Boston College, 39-16

Crucial mistakes and AJ Dillon led to a big Husky loss.

The UConn Huskies take on the California Golden Bears in a women's college basketball game at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT on November 17, 2017. Ian Bethune

The UConn Huskies trekked to Fenway Park to take on Boston College and despite a good UConn start, the Eagles prevailed in convincing fashion, 39-16.

In the first quarter, the UConn offense was making big plays and the defense was looking legitimately stout. Despite more than doubling the Eagles up on yardage after 15 minutes, the Huskies could only muster a 3-0 lead on a career-long 50-yard field goal by Michael Tarbutt.

Those would be the Huskies’ only points until garbage time.

The offense slowed down in the second quarter, with the first four Husky drives going three-and-out. The defense, which had been playing well for the first 20 minutes or so, started to give way, as BC quickly scored two straight touchdowns.

On third and goal with just over six minutes left in the first half, backup QB Darius Wade faked a hand-off and rolled out under pressure, finding Chris Garrison in the end zone to go ahead, 7-3.

After exchanging punts with the Huskies, BC made it a two-score lead on the first play of the next drive as AJ Dillon beasted his way down the field for a 53-yard touchdown to make it 14-3. Dillon, a New London, Conn. native, finished with 200 yards, two touchdowns, and a remarkable 8.3 yards per carry.

The Huskies’ struggles continued into the third quarter as the game got away from them. Two interceptions led to two BC touchdowns as the Eagles added 19 points to their lead. David Pindell finished 14-of-32 for 241 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.

The Huskies ended up outgaining BC, but a lot of that extra yardage came late with the game well in hand. UConn got two late touchdowns with Kevin Mensah running for a 70-yard score and Hergy Mayala pulling in a 43-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

In a game which UConn went into hoping to salvage some respectability to this season, the Huskies failed to answer the call. UConn (3-8) will play its season finale on the road against Cincinnati.