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NCAA Football: Holy Cross at Connecticut David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

First Half Recap

UConn won the toss, elected to receive. They grabbed a few first downs before punting on 4th and 2 from the UVA 42. UVA responded with an 18-play, 88-yard touchdown drive to make it 7-0.

UConn squandered a golden opportunity to get on the board on the ensuing drive. Jordan Swann ran the kick-off 60 yards and the Huskies’ field position was boosted by a UVA penalty on the play. Starting at the 25, the drive ended fruitlessly when Bryant Shirreffs threw an interception which was caught at the goal line. It looked like his intended receiver, Hergy Mayala, broke the wrong way.

The Huskies had another nice drive to start the second quarter, moving into UVA territory on the legs of Shirreffs, but he fumbled on the goal line to bail the home team out once again. UVA drove 87 yards down the field but stopped just short and had to settle for a field goal to make it 10-0.

UConn was able to move the ball fairly well on its next drive but turned it over again, this time after a failed 4th-down conversion attempt. UVA quickly took control of the game with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Doni Dowling. 17-0.

UConn tried another 4th down only to see Shirreffs sacked and then UVA scored yet another touchdown to make it 24-0, which is how the half ended.

Yikes. The Huskies are actually moving the ball but turnovers and an inability to take advantage of scoring opportunities are killing them. Hoping to capture some respectability back in the second half.

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The Huskies are 10.5 point underdogs as they get ready to take on UVA at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville. UConn (1-0) has a chance to grab a road win against an ACC team which it beat last year and looked vulnerable in its second game.

For the Husky defense to return Vontae Diggs and have Bryant Shirreffs for a full game under center offers some confidence for an improved performance compared to the weak start against Holy Cross.

With a very winnable game on the horizon next week against East Carolina, a win here would be huge for the Huskies in Randy Edsall’s first year back at the helm of the program. This is the open thread folks, feel free to share your pre-game thoughts and predictions and stick around to discuss the game here in the comments section.

First Half Recap

UConn won the toss, elected to receive. They grabbed a few first downs before punting on 4th and 2 from the UVA 42. UVA responded with an 18-play, 88-yard touchdown drive to make it 7-0.

UConn squandered a golden opportunity to get on the board on the ensuing drive. Jordan Swann ran the kick-off 60 yards and the Huskies’ field position was boosted by a UVA penalty on the play. Starting at the 25, the drive ended fruitlessly when Bryant Shirreffs threw an interception which was caught at the goal line. It looked like his intended receiver, Hergy Mayala, broke the wrong way.

The Huskies had another nice drive to start the second quarter, moving into UVA territory on the legs of Shirreffs, but he fumbled on the goal line to bail the home team out once again. UVA drove 87 yards down the field but stopped just short and had to settle for a field goal to make it 10-0.

UConn was able to move the ball fairly well on its next drive but turned it over again, this time after a failed 4th-down conversion attempt. UVA quickly took control of the game with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Doni Dowling. 17-0.

UConn tried another 4th down only to see Shirreffs sacked and then UVA scored yet another touchdown to make it 24-0, which is how the half ended.

Yikes. The Huskies are actually moving the ball but turnovers and an inability to take advantage of scoring opportunities are killing them. Hoping to capture some respectability back in the second half.