Monday, November 28, 2016 (Issue #3)
by Octavias Mckoy, Sports Writer
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The UConn Huskies (3-6) may have suffered their worst loss of the season this past Saturday. The East Carolina Pirates (3-5) looked like the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Huskie defense, as what started off with preseason promise has now turned to midseason blues for UConn.
The Huskies have now suffered their third consecutive loss of the season bring that total to six for the year. It was all East Carolina from the start, as they jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and did not look back, cruising to an easy 41-4 thumping of the Huskies in front of 41,000 fans at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. UConn struggled early and often piling up only 295 yards of offense. Third downs are a critical down in football, and the Huskies were 5-15 on 3rd downs (33%) for the game.
Struggles continued for Huskies quarterback Bryant Shirreffs, completing 16-30 passes for 180 yards and two interceptions; bringing his total to six on the season to just seven touchdown passes. Noel Thomas snagged seven receptions for 135 yards. Arkeel Newsome finished the game with 15 yards rushing on 10 carries with 5 receptions for 46 yards and 5 returns for 128 yards bringing his all-purpose totals to 189 yards for the day. Three players on the UConn defense finished with 10 tackles a piece; Obi Melifonwu, Mikal Myers and Foley Fatukasi.
UConn looks to get things going in the right direction when they take on The Temple Owls this Friday night at 7:00 p.m. EST at Rentschler Field