The UConn Huskies fell 24-20 to Big 12 opponent Iowa State last Friday night, bringing their regular season record down to 1-2 and snapping their 10-game home win streak at Rentschler field. After coming off a loss to Vanderbilt on the road in week 2, the Huskies and their deficient offense were unable to rebound against a hot Iowa State squad.
Although the Huskies offense moved the ball better on Friday night, they were still too inconsistent and inefficient to come out on top.
Head coach Paul Pasqualoni continued to showcase a triumvirate at quarterback, and was a little more democratic with the snaps than he was against Vanderbilt. Junior Johnny McEntee got the majority of the playing time once again, with freshman Scott McCummings spelling him frequently throughout.
Freshman Michael Nebrich played the entire 2nd quarter under center, but only completed one pass on three attempts.
Although McEntee completed only 13 of his 30 pass attempts, he looked much better than he did the week before on the road in Nashville. However, McEntee's inaccuracy, especially in key third down and fourth quarter situations, cost the Huskies as they were only able to muster 343 total yards of offense.
The Huskies defense turned it yet another outstanding performance limiting the Cyclones to only 341 yards of total offense in the game. Despite putting up 24 points, Iowa State managed only 12 first downs, and held the Cylcones' offense to 35% on third downs.
The Huskies defense intercepted Cyclone quarterback Steele Jantz three times and sacked him twice. Unfortunately the Huskies were only able to scrap together three points off all three Jantz turnovers.
For head coach Paul Pasqualoni and the UConn Huskies this loss came down to two things--missed opportunities and big plays.
Leading 7-0 early in the first quarter, Scott McCummings ran right on what looked to be a designed run play. However, just as the defense began to collapse on the line of scrimmage, the freshman stepped back and threw, much to the surprise of the Iowa State secondary. Freshman running back Lyle McCombs was wide open at the Cyclones ten yard line when McCummings' pass sailed ten yards over his head, resulting in a disastrous in completion.
The Huskies ultimately had to settle for a field goal.
Although Teggart was able to knock that 52-yarder through, he missed two from less than 45-yards out. One of those two missed field goals ended a drive that began on Iowa State's 28-yard line.
The Huskies defense turned in yet another strong performance, with their only real blemish coming on a trick play early in the third quarter. Iowa State wide receiver Josh Lentz took the ball from Jantz on what looked to be a reverse and delivered a perfect pass to a wide open Darius Reynolds for a 40-yard touchdown reception.
If you subtract the yardage from the trick play, plus a 48-yard jump ball hauled in by Reynolds on a third and nineteen, the Cyclones were only able to put up 243 yards of total offense all night on Don Brown's defense.
A couple bright spots for the Huskies included seniors Isaiah Moore and Kendall Reyes. Moore caught eight balls for 143 yards while Reyes compiled three tackles for loss and one sack during the game.
You couldn't script two more devastating losses for the Huskies to open the season. The Huskies look to change their luck as they travel to western New York to take on Buffalo next Saturday night at 6 p.m.