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UConn Football’s Season Ends With Blowout to Temple, 57-7

It’s over.

Ian Bethune - The UConn Blog

UConn football’s miserable 2018 season ended with a whimper as the Huskies were crushed by the Temple Owls, 57-7.

UConn’s defense finishes allowing the most points (605) in FBS/Division I-A history. Their 50.41 points allowed per game is the most in college football history since the end of World War I.

The Huskies are one of two teams to finish without a victory over a fellow FBS school this season, joining Central Michigan. The last time UConn finished without a FBS win was 1998, the school’s second-to-last season in Division 1-AA.

Both teams found the endzone on their first possession before things quickly deteriorated for UConn. After the Huskies’ touchdown, Temple returned the ensuing kick-off 99 yards to the house to take a six-point lead after a missed PAT. The Owls scored another touchdown before UConn’s defense actually made a play, intercepting Temple quarterback Frank Nutile.

However, the Huskies couldn’t capitalize on the turnover. David Pindell threw an interception right back, sparking arguably the worst stretch of football all season.

On UConn’s next four plays, they lost a fumble after the ball was snapped over Pindell’s head, fumbled but recovered on the next two snaps and capped off the sequence with a pick-six. In a span of five plays, the Huskies fumbled three times, threw two interceptions and committed three turnovers.

After the dust settled, UConn trailed 37-7. Temple added a field goal just before the half to increase their lead to 40-7.

In the third quarter, running back Kevin Mensah passed the 1,000-yard rushing mark, joining Pindell. It is the first time UConn had two 1,000-yard rushers since the 2009 season when Andre Dixon and Jordan Todman both did so.

Pindell’s final play in a Husky uniform came midway through the third quarter when he was replaced by true freshman Steve Krajewski. He finished 2-of-3 for just 11 yards.

UConn ends the season 1-11, the program’s fewest wins in the FBS era since the 2015 season when they went 2-10. The last time the team finished with one win was 1977.