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UConn football future opponents: Week 8

After a rough loss, the Huskies head north to Amherst next week.

NCAA Football: Massachusetts at Connecticut David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UConn football suffered another loss on a trying season, as Houston was able to avoid the upset in a 24-17 game. The Huskies have their best chance to add to their win total on Saturday, as they will take the bus up to UMass to play the Minutemen. Here is how the remaining five teams on the schedule fared this weekend.

UMass (1-6) - Oct. 26

The Minutemen have the week off and will host UConn on Saturday.

Navy (5-1) - Nov. 1

The Midshipmen continued their strong season and are now one win away from being bowl eligible with a dominant 35-3 win over USF. Malcolm Perry has been great for Navy all year and had another great game, pacing the triple option attack with 188 yards rushing and two touchdowns. However, Perry did throw two interceptions on 0-3 passing. Jamale Carothers ran for 84 more yards with a score, while Tazh Malloy also found the end zone. CJ Williams also passed for a 23-yard touchdown on his only pass on a trick play. Navy rushed for 434 yards, which beat USF’s total yards (264) by a wide margin.

No. 21 Cincinnati (6-1) - Nov. 9

The Bearcats became bowl eligible on Saturday, as they won a close contest against Tulsa 24-13, forcing five Golden Hurricane turnovers. Gerrid Doaks led the rushing attack, scoring twice on 91 yards rushing. Michael Warren II, Cincinnati’s typical workhorse back, was in and out of the game with injuries. Desmond Ridder was 12-22 passing for 172 yards and a touchdown. Tulsa out-gained the Bearcats 377 to 317 and had a slight time of possession advantage, but the five turnovers proved to be the difference. Three of the Golden Hurricane’s first four possessions ended in a turnover, while the fourth was a three-and-out. Tulsa also coughed up possession on each of its final two drives.

ECU (3-4) - Nov. 23

Late in the second quarter, the Pirates trailed UCF 35-3. However, a field goal as time expired and a second-half comeback were not enough, as the Knights escaped, 41-28. Holton Ahlers threw for 313 yards on 23-37 passing, with a touchdown and interception mixed in. He also ran for 47 more yards and a score. Demetrius Mauney led the way running the ball, grabbing a touchdown on 74 yards rushing. The Pirates turned the ball over twice during the crucial second half comeback, giving UCF good field position and chances to score.

Temple (5-2) - Nov. 30

Temple traveled to play No. 19 SMU and could not pull off the upset, as the Mustangs grabbed a 45-21 victory. The Owls defense gave up 655 yards against a potent SMU offense and were unable to keep up. Anthony Russo was 18-32 passing, but he only threw for 171 yards with a touchdown. He also added a touchdown on the ground, pounding it in from just outside the goal line. Re’Mahn Davis was the Owls’ leading rusher, grabbing just 54 yards with a score. Temple gained just 273 yards and had 15 first downs.