Most of the first half went well for the UConn football team but three scores in the final two minutes of the second quarter propelled ECU to a 55-21 victory. The Pirates scored the final 41 points of the contest.
The Huskies have only one game remaining, a Nov. 24 matchup at 3:30 p.m. against the Temple Owls, who beat USF at home on Saturday, 27-17, to advance to 7-4 overall and 6-1 in the conference.
The Bulls led 17-0 at the half and allowed only 120 yards of offense, a large portion of which came on a 57-yard drive that ended in a missed 29-yard field goal, but Temple served USF a taste of its own medicine after the break.
The visitors could only gain 94 yards and turned the ball over three times, with the Owls’ defense and special teams scoring twice, once on a 73-yard punt return by Isaiah Wright, and the other coming on a fumble recovery by Chapelle Russell in the end zone after Blake Barnett was strip sacked.
Anthony Russo was 20-of-34 passing for 264 yards and an interception for Temple. Despite a touchdown, Ryquell Armstead was held to 64 yards on 26 carries.
The Owls are quite the story this season, exceeding expectations greatly in Geoff Collins’ second season. They’re likely to finish with eight wins on the regular season and a solid bowl match-up.
Not that this matters for UConn fans, but here’s how the standings have shaken out in the AAC East:
And in the West:
UCF has clinched the East while Houston plays Memphis on Nov. 23 to decide the West. The Knights finish the regular season at in-state rival USF, where anything can happen. Under first-year head coach Josh Heupel, UCF is 10-0 and making a push for a playoff spot. If they can stay undefeated across two more tough games, it will really test the committee’s willingness to have a non-power-five team in the field.
The AAC Championship Game will take place in Orlando at UCF’s Spectrum Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1st and will be televised on ABC.