UConn football is officially in the back nine of what has turned out to be a trying 2019 season. The Huskies were thoroughly dominated 49-7 by Tulane in New Orleans on Saturday. The road gets tougher this weekend, as Houston will travel to Rentschler Field for homecoming.
Houston (2-4) - Oct. 19
Houston is certainly better than its record, but the Cougars took a tough 38-23 loss to No. 25 Cincinnati at home on Saturday afternoon. Houston was within eight points late into the fourth quarter, but a Clayton Tune pass was tipped and intercepted by Perry Young and returned for a touchdown to put the game out of reach. Tune struggled, completing nine of his 27 passes for 184 yards, with two touchdowns against three interceptions. Kyle Porter eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the Cougars, even threw a pass, converting with Bryson Smith on a 50-yard trick play touchdown.
UMass (1-5) - Oct. 26
As brutal as it has been for UConn, it’s been worse for UMass. Louisiana Tech hung 69 points on the Minutemen on Saturday, including 28 in the first quarter. UMass could only muster 21 points. Louisiana Tech gained 689 yards to the Minutemen’s respectable 347. Quarterback Randall West was 17-of-29 passing for 172 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Running back Bilal Ally had a statistically good day with 92 yards on the ground for a touchdown but more than half of those yards came on a 51-yard touchdown run in the third quarter — well after the game was out of hand. The Minutemen did win the turnover battle, but the defense has too many holes to stop almost any offense.
Navy (4-1) - Nov. 1
Navy moved to 2-1 in American Athletic Conference play with a strong showing in a 45-17 win over Tulsa on Saturday evening. Malcolm Perry was the focal point of the triple option attack this week, gaining 218 yards on 20 carries with a trio of scores. Tazh Malloy (58 yards) and Jamale Carothers (51 yards) each ran for over 50 yards as well. Carothers, Nelson Smith and CJ Williams added a touchdown each.
No. 25 Cincinnati (5-1) - Nov. 9
No. 25 Cincinnati went on the road to Houston and emerged with a 38-23 win. The Bearcats held a 21-17 lead after three quarters and took advantage of the aforementioned pick-six to stretch out their advantage. Quarterback Desmond Ridder was efficient passing the ball, at 14-of-24 passing for 263 yards and three touchdowns, though he did throw an interception. However, Ridder added 50 rushing yards and a score. Michael Warren II led the way on the ground for Cincinnati at 68 yards. The Bearcats defense forced five turnovers, which certainly helped tip the scales in their favor, as yards, first downs and time of possession all were equal.
ECU (3-3) - Nov. 23
ECU took the week off. The Pirates return to action on Saturday on the road against UCF.
Temple (5-1) - Nov. 30
The Owls hosted No. 23 Memphis and went a long way to generating some poll buzz for themselves, taking a 30-28 win in which the Tigers could not come all the way back from a 23-7 deficit late in the second quarter. The Temple defense forced four turnovers, including three fumbles. Quarterback Brady White racked up the passing yards, generating 363 of them on 28-of-43 passing, with a pair of touchdowns against an interception. Kenneth Gainwell ran for 106 yards and a touchdown, while Kylan Watkins (27 yards) found the end zone as well.