Can Uconn Turn Their Fourth Quarter Struggles Around and Upset #5 Cincy?

Robert BContributor INovember 5, 2009

EAST HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 12:  Twyon Martin #4 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrates his fumble recovery with teammates Gary Wilburn #21 and Jasper Howard #6 in the second half against the North Carolinia Tar Heels on September 12, 2009 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. The Tar Heels defeated the Huskies 12-10.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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So far this Uconn football team's season can be described as heartbreak and tragic but if you looked around the uconn practice facility you would think this team is 8-0 not   4-4. The team is upbeat and believes they can win this game. Uconn has lost four games this season by a combined thirteen points with their latest lost, the most tragic of the season came to Rutgers where the Uconn defense gave up an 81 yard touchdown pass to Rutgers reciever Tim Brown.  But that is all for not with this team, it is a new week and the motto for this team is what happened last week is last week.  This weeks test for Uconn is traveling to #5 Cincinatti to face a team that has the best offense in the big east featuring wide reciever Mardy Gilyard and quarterbacks Tony Pike and Zach Collaros.  Pike was a heisman candidate before he got hurt and Collaros has been great in relief, it looks like Pike will not start and it will be Collaros at QB for Cincy.  But, what does this mean for Uconn well to be honest they need this game, a win in this game could change this team's luck the rest of the way.  Cody Endres is out for the season which means we will see Zach Frazier who played terrible for 3 quarters against Rutgers but managed to play great in the fourth, Frazier will need to play turnover free in this game and carry the momentum from the fourth quarter in the Rutgers game into this game.  Overall Uconn must play flawless Andre Dixon and Jordan Todman must run the ball well, and the Uconn offense will try to pound the ball most of the game to keep Cincy's offense off the field.  Wide Reciever Marcus Easley may be a matchup problem for Cincy as he has been on a tear as of late he has four straight games with a touchdown reception.  The main question for this game is can the Uconn defense slow down the Cincy offense?  Uconn's defense has played great for 3 quarters for most of their games and then fall apart in the fourth, they need to play a complete game and pressure whoever the QB is into mistakes.  The Cincy offense has only turned the ball over four times all season so it may be hard to force turnovers but the must pressure the QB and the corners must improve their play other than Robert McClain Uconn is very young in the defensive backfield and i expect Cincy to attack this matchup all day.  There is no reason why Uconn can not compete and win this game, really they have proven they can play with anyone but the pressure is on Zach Frazier and the Uconn defense to make plays.