UConn football ended its season with a 31-18 win over regional rival and brother in FBS independence UMass at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst on Saturday.
The Huskies forced turnovers on three of the first four UMass drives, starting the scoring with a pick-six off Taisun Phommachanh, the former four-star recruit from Connecticut who started his college career at Clemson, by sophomore cornerback Mumu Bin Wahad. A botched snap on the extra point made it 6-0.
A UMass fumble on its own 28-yard line led to a field goal that made it 9-0, and a turnover on downs set UConn up in opposing territory for the second consecutive drive, leading to another field goal to put the Huskies up 12. They got their first offensive touchdown after a 17-yard run by Victor Rosa, a short-side power that the Bristol native finished strong to get into the end zone.
UConn’s rushing attack was relentless all day, with 240 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Cam Edwards took over in the second half from the backfield with two rushing touchdowns, ending the day with his second 100-yard rushing performance of the season. His scores capped off two 70+ yard drives where UConn responded to UMass touchdowns.
UConn fumbled the ball to open the half on a quarterback keeper but was otherwise pretty clean in its performance, though certainly not explosive. Ta’Quan Roberson went 16-for-28 on passing attempts with 178 yards and added 36 rushing yards but did have that fumble. Justin Joly caught six passes for 36 yards, departing with an injury late, and Cam Ross led UConn’s pass-catchers with 52 yards.
Next up, UConn faces an interesting offseason ahead. Head coach Jim Mora has been vocal about the need for more NIL money to do better in transfer recruiting and for the program to join a conference. The defensive coordinator job remains open and staff changes may be on the way.
Despite the 3-9 finish, Mora’s job is not likely in jeopardy, but the Huskies will go into next season with expectations to be better and his seat may get hot if that doesn’t happen.