The first half was ugly football. Geno was struggling to hit his receivers in stride and our receivers dropped some passes that would have kept drives alive. Dustin Garrison and the offensive line came back down to earth. Thankfully Holgorsen, Geno and Stedman got on same page and started dominating. This offense should not score less than 40 points against any team in the Big East.
This is going to be a fun remainder of the season
Running Game: C
That might be a little harsh as Garrison averaged 4 yards per carry, but he made a lot of those yards on his own. This line is still struggling to create holes and keep them open long enough for our backs to hit them at full speed. I'm not as worried as others because I think Geno and these receivers can gain a ton of yards no matter how much the opposing defense drops into coverage.
Geno Smith: A-
I'm nit-picking, but I think this point needs to be made. It appears to me that Geno is late on a lot of his throws down the field. The recievers are often open, but have to make a play on the ball because Geno is late in releasing the ball. Am I alone in this observation and concern?
Our defensive line was vastly outsized by the UCONN front, but only gave up 82 yards rushing. The unit was also able to constantly pressure "Trick Shot" McEntee and record 5 sacks. While Jeff Casteel is a genius, Kirelawich rotated the defensive front perfectly all game.
Special Teams: B-
Our kick-off coverage was improved, even though UCONN seemed to put two of its most unathletic players back to return kicks. If Tavon Austin starts catching the ball our average field position improves by 15 yards. Michael Mollinari punted well, but he takes too long to kick the ball. Look for more pressure in the coming weeks.
Paid attendance was great. Student attendance was poor and they showed yet again why the should lose at least one section.