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UConn Football Disappoints Against Tulsa, 49-19

The Huskies started strong but couldn’t sustain.

NCAA Football: Tulsa at Arkansas Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Despite jumping out to a 10-0 lead early against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, the UConn Huskies ultimately fell 49-19 on the road. Tulsa picked up its first FBS win in over a calendar year while UConn dropped to 1-8 on the season.

The two teams traded punts early before Kevin Mensah fumbled and gave Tulsa the ball in the redzone. The Huskies looked like they were about to go down 7-0 but when Golden Hurricane quarterback Seth Boomer rolled out towards the endzone, Eddie Hahn forced a fumble, recovered by Tyler Coyle. It was just that kind of (crappy) game.

The Huskies quickly took advantage of the turnover as David Pindell hit Kyle Buss for an 80-yard touchdown to jump ahead 7-0. After a UConn field goal, Tulsa came back to score its first touchdown of the game while UConn responded with another field goal to go up 13-7.

But things quickly went south for the Huskies.

They allowed 21 unanswered points to go into the half trailing 28-13. UConn had a chance to cut into the deficit before the break with the ball on the one-yard line with six seconds left. Pindell had Hergy Mayala wide-open in the endzone but the two couldn’t connect and the ball fell incomplete as time ran out.

Halftime provided only temporary relief for the Huskies. On their first possession, Tulsa drove right down the field and found the endzone to make it 35-13. The hosts continued to pile on points and the game ended in another rout.

Despite strong offensive stats, UConn struggled to find the endzone, especially as the game wore on. The defense, meanwhile, started strong by blanking Tulsa in the first quarter but then allowed 49 points over the next two, including 28 in the second quarter. By the second half, UConn barely put up much resistance.

With the loss, the Huskies prospects at picking up another win on the season take a big hit. Tulsa was easily the second-worst team in the conference and they handled Randy Edsall’s squad comfortably. At this point, picking up another win would involve a major upset, more than the 18-point spread that Tulsa was able to cover Saturday night.

UConn will be in action next at home against SMU with kick-off at 12 p.m.