UConn football grabbed its first win of the season on Saturday, topping Rhode Island, 56-49. Here’s a look at who the Huskies will face in the coming weeks.
Syracuse (3-0) - Sept. 22
The Orange opened up a 23-0 lead at home against Florida State before landing at a 30-7 final score. Syracuse held the Seminoles to only 240 yards of offense and 11 first downs, overcoming quarterback Eric Dungey’s injury in the first half. His replacement, Tommy DeVito, threw for 144 yards on 16 attempts, delivering a touchdown both through the air and on the ground. Moe Neal led the way rushing, going for 75 yards.
Cincinnati (3-0) - Sept. 29
Alabama A&M visited Nippert Stadium on Saturday and was completely throttled by the Bearcats, 63-7. With only 182 yards of offense and eight first downs, the Bulldogs scored on a 79-yard touchdown drive to open the second half, but did not gain more than 26 yards on any of their other 12 possessions. Desmond Ritter was 9-for-10 passing for 199 yards and three scores before he was relieved by a trio of quarterbacks who combined to pass 12-for-16. Tavion Thomas (141 yards) and Charles McClelland (121 yards) each broke 100 rushing yards on their over-matched opponent.
Memphis (2-1) - Oct. 6
Playing on Friday night, Memphis took care of Georgia State, 59-22. The Tigers gained 679 yards of offense behind Darrell Henderson’s 233 yards rushing for two touchdowns. Brady White also passed for five scores on 19-for-26 passing for 269 yards. Memphis allowed the Panthers to only throw for 139 yards between three different quarterbacks.
USF (3-0) - Oct. 20
The Bulls were at a neutral site, trailing 19-7 to Illinois at Soldier Field in Chicago after three quarters, but two touchdowns and a field goal in the final stanza gave USF a 25-19 win. The road team out-gained their hosts, 626 to 380, but it took a 50-yard Blake Barnett touchdown pass with less than three minutes to go to give the Bulls the lead. Barnett went 23-for-40 passing the ball for 411 yards with two touchdowns against two interceptions. Jordan Cronkite also rushed 22 times for 136 yards, adding a touchdown.
UMass (1-3) - Oct. 27
The Minutemen headed down south to face Florida International, where the Golden Panthers scored 28 points in the second quarter to take a 42-10 lead at the break, putting the game away early in what became a 63-24 final. UMass turned the ball over three times, two of which were on Michael Curtis interceptions. Curtis was 8-for-15 throwing the ball for 158 yards, adding a touchdown, while Marquis Young ran for 83 yards on 13 attempts.
Tulsa (1-2) - Nov. 3
Tulsa hosted Arkansas State of the Sun Belt Conference. The Golden Hurricane were out-gained by the visitors, lost the turnover battle and even allowed a safety in the fourth quarter on their way to a 29-20 loss in a game that was 27-7 midway through the third quarter. Luke Skipper was 19-of-27 passing for 172 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while Shamari Brooks was the long bright spot running, as he went for 115 yards on 21 carries. Tulsa also fumbled twice.
SMU (0-3) - Nov. 10
SMU traveled to The Big House to play No. 22 Michigan. After a scoreless first quarter, the Wolverines scored four of the next five touchdowns, helped by a 73-yard interception return as time expired on the first half. They cruised to a 45-20 victory. Michigan’s strong defense stifled any Mustangs attempt at solid offensive numbers, as four runners combined to gain only 110 yards on the ground and starting quarterback Ben Hicks was 7-for-16 passing for merely 113 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
ECU (1-1) - Nov. 17
The Pirates’ game with No. 11 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg was canceled due to Hurricane Florence.
Temple (1-2) - Nov. 24
The Owls opened up a 21-7 lead at the half on the road over Maryland on their way to a big 35-14 win, rebounding from a rough first two weeks. The Terrapins only gained 195 yards of offense and outside of Anthony McFarland’s 107 yards rushing, Maryland failed to do anything offensively, besides surrender a 78-yard interception return for a touchdown to Shaun Bradley. On the other side, Ryquell Armstead gave Temple 118 rushing yards and Anthony Russo passed for 228 yards with a touchdown against an interception.