This was a scary game for a huge portion of it. Then Michigan pulled the win out of their butts and this was the moment we realized that things may be pretty rough for the rest of the year.
How They Did
|9/28||@ Buffalo||L 41-12|
|10/12||South Florida||L 13-10|
|10/19||@ Cincinnati||L 41-16|
|10/26||@ UCF||L 62-17|
|11/16||@ SMU||L 38-21|
|11/23||@ Temple||W 28-21|
Yep, UConn sucked. If you look at the schedule, you'll see they lost nine straight games in 2013; six of those nine were absolute blowout losses (albeit to pretty decent teams). I mean, there's nothing there to tell me that this was an even remotely good team. The three teams they beat had a combined win total of 11 (Temple - 2, Rutgers - 6, and Memphis - 3).
Versus Michigan: 206 TOTAL yards on the game. 206! With Michigan's four sacks for 31 yards, the UConn rush total for the game was, wait for it...47! Fitz Toussaint had two-and-a-half times that on his own; I bet you forgot about the days of positive rushing yards for Michigan, didn't you? Other than that, there really isn't much positive to say about UConn's performance. Well that isn't true; with only 206 yards of offense, they were still able to take Michigan to the brink and hold a 21-7 lead in the 3rd quarter. And after having this brought back to mind, I think I need a beer.
When Michigan had the ball: UConn turned the Wolverines over a total of 4 times. Fitz Toussaint was really the bright spot for the Michigan offense: 24 touches for 120 yards and 2 TDs. The highlight of the game for Michigan came when the pride of West Ottawa high school in Holland, Desmond Morgan, pulled a one-handed INT out of the air and started a 4th quarter comeback victory for the Wolverines (at about 1:30 in the video).
Best Win: Rutgers...Rutgers. Need I say more?
Worst Loss: Towson. Not only did the Huskies lose to an FCS team, they lost by 15 to an FCS team. Okay, okay, so Towson went 13-3 on the year and played North Dakota State for the FCS Championship. But D-1 programs should have no problems handling FCS programs. No problems; zero; zip; none. UConn lost by 15.
Chandler Whitmer started the season as the Huskies' quarterback, threw for 896 yards, 5TDs, and 6 INTs. After the firing of head coach Paul Paqualoni, Whitmer was subsequently replaced by true freshman Tim Boyle, who promptly went 59/133 for 621 yards, 0 TDs, and 8 INTs in five games. So, bring in guy #3: RS freshman Casey Cochran. Cochran's first start was against SMU; from that point through the remainder of the season, he went 94/147 for 1,110 yards, 9 TDs, and 3 INTs. More importantly, he won three out of those four match-ups.
The ground game was led by junior Lyle McCombs and his 670 yards and 5 touchdowns. Meh.
Prior to 2013, there had been only eight UConn receivers who got beyond 1,000 yards receiving; then Geremy Davis did it with 1,085 yards. His touchdown total was only three, but it looks like the ball was distributed to a number of guys throughout the season: all other wide-outs and running backs combined for 13 total touchdowns.
Outlook for 2014
Connecticut faced a lot of adversity at the quarterback position in 2013, but seemed to find their future with Casey Cochran. With Lyle McCombs and Geremy Davis returning for their senior seasons, and with new head coach Bob Diaco, things could be looking up in Storrs.
Do they play Michigan in 2014?
No. Instead, the Utah Utes will travel to Ann Arbor. The Utes were 5-7 in 2013 yet are not necessarily a disappointing home game for the Wolverines.