Huskies look to upset unbeaten Maryland on Saturday
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 23:09
UConn and Maryland have traveled far different roads over the first two weeks of the season, but both lead to Rentschler Field on Saturday night.
UConn, which lost 33-18 to FCS-opponent Towson in Week 1, has had to sit on a disappointing defeat, as they’ve been idle for over two weeks.
“I think the kids, their attitude and their resiliency is really, really pretty good,” UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni said Tuesday, “and the body language and the atmosphere has been that, so it’s been pretty good.”
Meanwhile, Maryland has steamrolled through Florida International and Old Dominion with an average of 45 points scored and 582 yards per game.
“[Terrapins wide receiver] Stefon Diggs, to me is maturing,” Pasqualoni said. “Last year he was very fast – he was a freshman coming out of high school. I think the year and the offseason program has made him more explosive and probably stronger, so he’s pretty good.”Indeed, Diggs has been lethal over the first two games and has torched defenses for 11 catches, 277 yards and two touchdowns.
His quarterback, senior C.J. Brown, has been just as effective.
A dual-threat, Brown has combined for 691 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns without a turnover so far this season.
By comparison, UConn’s Chandler Whitmer struggled to produce in the season opener.
Whitmer went 16 of 28 for 206 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against Towson, but was hit or miss throughout the night.
Much of that inconsistency came due to the Tigers’ pressure, which dropped him for five sacks.
The Huskies’ offensive line was unable to get a push in the run game either, as starting running back Lyle McCombs picked up just 76 yards on 17 carries.
Fortunately for UConn, they should get some key cogs in the trenches back from injury for Saturday’s matchup.
“[Right tackle Kevin Friend and center Tyler Bullock] were ready to go right after that game, they just couldn’t go in that game; they’ve practiced every practice,” Pasqualoni said, adding that he expects both to play against Maryland.