Plenty of questions for UConn football after close call against Maine in opener

Connecticut's Arkeel Newsome (22) runs in for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Maine, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(WTNH)–Talk about a big sigh of relief for the UConn football team. This season started a lot like last year, when the Huskies opened with a close win over Villanova.

Last night, UConn had to make some big plays down the stretch to stave off an upset at the hands of FCS opponent Maine.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens between Week 1 and Week 2 for this UConn team, as there are some questions to be answered.

Does the offense have more wrinkles, or will it be a play-it-safe unit all year? Defensively, the Huskies gave up a few big plays, and they’ll need to correct that as well. The company line is, a win is a win.

“Winning college football games is hard, man. Hard. Against anybody,” head coach Bob Diaco said. “How many 18-21 year olds are really that different right now?”

Junior quarterback Bryant Shirreffs was confident in his team, even after his fourth-quarter fumble was returned 77 yards for a touchdown.

“I knew we were going to win the game,” Shirreffs said. “It was just a matter of how we were going to win the game. I think we made some people’s blood pressure rise a little bit.”

Up next for the Huskies is Navy next Saturday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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