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UConn Football Future Opponents: Week 4

How did the Huskies’ future opponents fare this past week?

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UConn dropped to 1-3 after being on the wrong end of a shootout with Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. How did their eight remaining opponents do in action across the weekend?

Cincinnati (4-0) - Sept. 29

The Bearcats trailed visiting Ohio 24-7 after complete disaster of a half where they had almost as many penalty yards as offensive yards, but Cincinnati pulled it out with a 13-play, 92-yard drive to take the lead with 3:24 to go to take a 34-30 win. On offense, it was the Desmond Ritter and Micheal Warren II show, as Ritter went 19-for-29 for 274 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception to go along with 28 yards more on the ground with a score. Warren II ran for 124 yards with two touchdowns.

Memphis (3-1) - Oct. 6

South Alabama ran with the Tigers at the Liberty Bowl through the third quarter, but a 21-8 fourth quarter was the difference for Memphis, who took the game 52-35. Brady White was efficient through the air, throwing for 292 yards on 22-of-29 passing for two touchdowns. On the ground, Darrell Henderson went off for 188 yards on 22 carries for two scores. Patrick Taylor, Jr. also found the end zone twice on the ground while the defense forced two fumbles.

USF (4-0) - Oct. 20

A Jordan Cronkite 80-yard run with just over 10 minutes to go was the difference in Tampa as USF survived a scare from ECU at home, 20-13. Cronkite finished with 129 yards rushing in addition to that score, though Blake Barnett did not have a banner day passing, completing 12 of his 20 passes for just 181 yards and a touchdown. The Pirates had their way with the Bulls defense, gaining 412 yards.

UMass (1-3) - Oct. 27

The Minutemen hosted Charlotte and jumped out to 28-0 lead after the first quarter and held a 35-10 advantage headed into the locker room, but the 49ers made it close, 49-31. Michael Curtis was 12-for-19 passing for 189 yards and two touchdowns, adding 35 yards on the ground with a pair of scores as well. Marquis Young found pay dirt twice rushing and also ran back the opening kick for a touchdown.

Tulsa (1-3) - Nov. 3

The Golden Hurricane traveled to Temple on Thursday night and out-gained the Owls but were sunk by five turnovers and fell, 31-17. Luke Skipper committed all five of those turnovers with three interceptions and a pair of fumbles as part of a 22-for-41 passing day for 195 yards, adding 47 yards on the ground. Temple only threw for 109 yards but got it done on the ground, gaining 191 rushing yards.

SMU (0-3) - Nov. 10

SMU was locked in a back-and-forth battle with Navy, taking the 31-30 nod in overtime on a two-point conversion that was reviewed for a potential illegal formation. The largest lead of the game was just nine points, which belonged to SMU in the fourth quarter after a touchdown with 12:25 to go. The Mustangs forced three Midshipmen fumbles, while Braeden West starred offensively for SMU. West ran for 145 yards, only five fewer yards than quarterback William Brown passed for, through Brown did throw for two touchdowns.

ECU (1-2) - Nov. 17

ECU did its best to pull the upset over the Bulls on Saturday night, but could not corral Jordan Cronkite when it mattered, as his 80-yard run in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in a 20-13 loss. The Pirates out-gained USF 412-296 and had a 24-to-9 edge on first downs, but could not push through in the fourth quarter. Reid Herring was 21-for-48 passing with 253 yards, but threw an interception that sealed the game for USF with just over two minutes to go.

Temple (2-2) - Nov. 24

Temple hosted Tulsa and forced five turnovers, including a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown by Ty Mason to open the scoring, on their way to a 31-17 win. Ryquell Armstead ran for 108 yards with a touchdown to lead the way as part of a 191-yard rushing attack for the Owls. Anthony Russo had a rough day passing, throwing for two interceptions on a 7-of-20 day for 112 yards.