Monday, November 7, 2016 (Issue #2)
by Octavias McKoy, Sports Writer
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The UConn Huskies football team dropped to 3-4 overall, 1-3 in the American Athletic Conference with a loss to the University of South Florida Bulls 27-42 on Saturday in Tampa, Fla.
With the win, the Bulls improve to a perfect 6-0 on the season. The Huskies continue to struggle on defense, allowing the Bulls to rack up 529 yards of total offense, despite forcing two turnovers.
Lessons are learned through losses in this sport, and with the loss, UConn for the first time all year capitalized off of their opponent’s mistakes, accounting for 14 points off of Bulls’ turnovers.
On another positive note, the Huskies managed to control the time of possession on offense, but it unfortunately did not lead to any points for UConn. UConn was forced to punt nine times, netting a total of 361 yards. The Huskies offense also struggled to keep pace with the explosive Bulls offense, gaining only 378 total yards of offense.
Junior signal caller Bryant Shirreffe, of Jefferson, Ga., completed 22 out of 39 passes for 306 yards and tossed two touchdowns. Sophomore runningback, Arkeel Newsome of Ansonia, Conn., finished the day with a leading 226 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver, Noel Thomas of Norwalk, Conn., finished the day with 12 receptions for 127 yards. Junior linebackers Junior Joseph of Sinking Spring, Pa. and Vontae Diggs of Downers Grove, Ill. finished the day with a team leading nine tackles each. The Huskies look to get back on track as they prepare to face off against the University of Central Florida this Saturday Oct. 22, 2016 for their Homecoming game at 12 p.m. in Hartford, Conn.