Another week, another embarrassing loss for UConn football. This week, they fell to the ECU Pirates 55-21, who entered the game 2-7 and ranked 106th in S&P+.
Things actually started well for the Huskies. They scored on their first drive thanks to a 48-yard pass from David Pindell to Tyler Davis. From there, the two teams went back and forth and were knotted at 21 with around five minutes left in the half.
Then, like most games have gone this season, it quickly went south for UConn. The Huskies gave up a touchdown to go down 28-21 with just over two minutes until halftime. Then, Pindell fumbled and the Pirates recovered on UConn’s 26. However, the defense held ECU to a field goal.
After the kickoff, Pindell was intercepted and the Pirates again turned it into a field goal. In the span of less than two minutes, the Huskies went from trailing by a more-than-manageable seven points to 13.
To make it worse, ECU got the opening kickoff of the second half and went right down the field to score a touchdown. 20 point deficit.
Then UConn punted. ECU scored a touchdown. 27 points.
UConn punted once more. ECU scored a touchdown. 34 points.
The Husky defense actually stopped the Pirates on their final two drives, but it didn’t matter. UConn did not score a single point or put a drive together longer than 22 yards in the second half.
Pindell appeared to have gotten hurt in the first half, which limited his effectiveness on the ground as he was held to just three yards total. Kevin Mensah ran well on the ground with 88 yards on 14 carries (6.3 YPC) but the running back could only do so much.
Redshirt junior quarterback Brandon Bisack saw the first action of his college career but completed just 1-of-7 passes on the day, including an interception.
There really isn’t much left to say. UConn football’s 2018 season will go down as one of the worst in college football history because of a defense that couldn’t stop some of the worst offenses in America. The Huskies are 1-10 and the odds of them winning the final game against Temple are slim.
Randy Edsall told the Hartford Courant after the game his usual excuse, that the players aren’t ready to play yet. Whatever. Maybe someone still believes that. More importantly, he said “It has to get fixed in the offseason.”