(WTNH)–If UConn doesn’t reach six wins and earn a bowl berth this season, Saturday’s game against South Florida will likely be thought of as one of the biggest reasons why.
The Huskies lost 28-20, on Homecoming at Renstchler Field, thanks to a few costly mistakes.
UConn outgained the Bulls, 528 yards to 461. They won the time of possession battle (34:51 to 25:09), and made nine more first downs (26-17). The Huskies also converted more third downs (7-17) than South Florida (4-12), but it was a failed fourth-down conversion and a mismanaged clock at the end of the first half cost them points.
UConn also gave up some big plays and allowed running back Marlon Mack to gain 113 yards on just 13 carries. They also gave up 98 rushing yards to quarterback Quinton Flowers, on 15 attempts.
It was one heartbroken football team in the locker room after the game.
“I just feel terrible that I let them down,” head coach Bob Diaco said after a long pause at the postgame press conference. “I really do.”
“Losing is probably one of the worst things ever, especially right now on homecoming,” said linebacker Graham Stewart, a Durham native. “I’m from Connecticut, so I take great pride in it, and it really does, it hurts bad. Like, real bad.”
The Huskies will try to regroup next Saturday at Cincinnati.