Pays UCF to get back on track for UConn
UCF aims to recover after its three-game winning streak stalled when it hosts UConn on Saturday in Orlando, Florida.
The Knights (6-4) with just 24 points surrendered in their victories over Memphis, Temple and Tulane before being attacked by SMU last Saturday. The Mustang recorded 631 total yards and 36 first touchdowns en route to a 55-28 defeat of the UCF in Dallas.
“I’ve been talking for weeks, we’ve been doing a really good job of stopping the run,” said Knights coach Jose Malzan. “When you don’t stop running, it unlocks everything.”
Marc Anthony Richards, a former Auburn transfer, rushed for his career best 104 yards and scored two goals to make the first multi-touchdown performance of his career. The production was a welcome welcome with lead contestant Isaiah Bowser who was dressed but not participating due to an ankle injury.
Mickey Kane struggled last Saturday, completing just over half of his pass attempts (18 of 35) for just 174 yards.
“Overall, it was a real disappointing loss,” Malzan said. “We had three real quality wins (prev.). We have to learn from it, we have to grow from it, we need to recover a bit, we have to finish this thing, next two games at home.”
The Knights set a perfect 5-0 home record against Ocon (1-9), which has topped 198-69 on the road this season. The Husky fell to East Hartford 0-5 in a 44-7 loss to Clemson last Saturday.
Freshman’s comeback Brian Brewton captured a 99-yard touchdown early in the opener a lone high point for UConn.
After all, the Huskies totaled just 99 yards (including the -17-dock), went zero-for-14 in third, made a turn twice and got kicked out six times.
The carnage was on full display for next year’s coach, Jim Mora, who will be working with the team as the team’s assistant for the remainder of this season.
Interim coach Lou Spanos, who worked under Mora at UCLA in 2012-13, dismissed his uncertain future at UConn as any semblance of a distraction.
“All the other things – you just focus on the task,” Spanos said.
–Field Media Level