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UConn Football Crushed by Cincinnati, 49-7

After an even start, a sloppy final minute of the first half ultimately doomed the Huskies.

UConn’s Kevon Jones (48) sacks Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder (9) in the second quarter.
Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn football started strong but couldn’t hang with the Cincinnati Bearcats at all as the Huskies fell 49-7 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.

Billy Crocker’s defense struggled yet again, allowing 661 yards of total offense, 339 through the air and 322 on the ground at 8.2 per play. UConn stopped Cincinnati on 7 of 14 third downs but gave up 3 of 4 fourth down conversions.

UConn flew down the field on its first drive, going 75 yards on five plays in just 1:56 to take a 7-0 lead. Pindell completed passes of 41 and then rushed for 17 on the next play to get the Huskies in range before hitting Kyle Buss for the score.

The defense couldn’t maintain the lead, however, as Cincinnati responded quickly tie the game. They promptly took a 14-7 lead after a UConn punt.

After the electric opening drive, UConn’s offense sputtered until their final drive of the half, when it slowly marched down the field. They made it just outside the red-zone before three straight incompletions — including Pindell missing a wide-open Tyler Davis in the endzone — stalled the drive. Unfortunately, kicker Michael Tarbutt missed a 37-yard attempt, leaving UConn with nothing to show for the long drive.

The Husky defense had a solid first half to that point, allowing just 14 points. They recovered a fumble inside their own 10-yard line before stopping Cincinnati on their next possession. However, it collapsed in the final minute as Cincinnati drove down the field in 38 seconds and scored in the waning moments of the half to take a two-touchdown lead into the break, 21-7.

After receiving the second half kick, it took the Bearcats all of 33 seconds to score a touchdown and effectively put the game away.

Pindell had a rough day, completing less than 50 percent of his passes and only scrambling for 22 yards. In total, the offense only gained 266 yards on the day. The Huskies also struggled on third down, converting just 3 of 13 attempts.

With the loss, UConn falls to 1-5 on the season. Next week, they travel to face the 3-2 Memphis Tigers at the Liberty Bowl. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

Randy Edsall, Tyler Coyle, Aaron McLean, David Pindell and Kyle Buss postgame video