UCONN’s losing streak continued as they have now lost four straight games. After trying to qualify for the Big 12 Conference, the Huskies have been rather unimpressive. This past week they lost to Temple with a score of 21-0. Within this losing streak, 21 points is the least amount this Huskies defense has given up. However, a team cannot win if they are unable to score.
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Bryant Shirreffs was out of the game due to an injury, so Donovan Williams replaced him. This was Williams’ first start in his career, since Shirreffs is the usual starting Quarterback. In Williams’ season debut, he had a 12/21 pass completion with only 69 yards. Since Williams is only a freshman, it was a good chance for him to earn some experience. Williams showed that he was a mobile Quarterback since he led the team in rushing yards with 66. His go to receiver was Thomas, but he only had 32 yards. Usually, Thomas gets over 100 yards receiving. On top of that, UCONN’s top rusher, Arkeel Newsome, also had an off day. Newsome, who averages usually 80 yards per game, only rushed for 21 yards on the day. In short, the entire Huskies offense was halted by Temple’s defense. A positive for William is that he did not throw an interception. Usually during a Freshman’s first game, they try to throw down the field too often trying to make big plays. This then results in an interception or two. However, Williams stayed with the playbook and only made short passes for small gains.
Meanwhile, the Temple Owls were able to extend their winning streak to four games. Their Quarterback, Phillip Walker, had a fair game. Walked passed for 215 yards and three touchdowns. However, his QBR rating dropped due to two interceptions that he threw. Both of these interceptions were made by Obi Melinfonwu. Walkers three touchdowns went to Jahad Thomas (2) and Romond Deloatch. The team’s top receiver in the game was Ventell Bryant who had a total of 88 yards, well over double what Thomas had as a total. The ground game was completely owned by Temple. Leading rusher, Ryquell Armstead, led the team with 133 yards. This was a great bounce back game for him because last week against Cincinnati he only had 61 rushing yards. Jahad Thomas was also very busy on the ground in addition to the two receiving touchdowns. Thomas had the second amount of rushing yards with 83.
Next week, the Huskies hope to end their four game losing skid when they play Boston College who has a record of 3-5-1.