Bulls Look To Put A Leash on Huskies

By on October 15, 2015


Flowers TD run (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

Quniton Flowers scores a homecoming game TD vs. Syracuse (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

Its homecoming weekend at the University of Connecticut and the Bulls would like nothing more than to ruin the homecoming party for the Huskies. The Bulls are looking to capitalize on momentum from last week’s 45-24 thrashing of the Syracuse Orange.

Coming off a career high 259 yards passing in the game against the Orange, the Bulls must look to Quinton Flowers again if they are to be successful. Flowers contributed 330 of the Bulls 540 yards against the Orange, helping the Bulls discover their offensive identity. Flowers ability to throw the ball along with Taggerts’ “let it rip” play calling, took pressure of the offensive line and allowed Marlon Mack to become the second running back to rush for over 100 yards against the Orange. Mack finished the game with 20 carries for 184 yards.

The Huskies on the other hand, are a team searching for an offensive identity. Running a two tight formation, second year head coach Bob Diaco has struggled to get his offense up and 28running. The Huskies are scoring 19.8 ppg and rank 116th in offensive ranking amongst Division 1 schools.

N.C. State transfer QB Bryant Shirrefs leads the Huskies offense. He has thrown for more than 200 yards four out of six games and carries an efficient passer rating of 142.2, 45th amongst division 1 QBs. Arkel Newsome leads the rushing attack for the Huskies with 257 all-purpose yards including 71 yard kickoff return against UCF last week.

Defensively, the Huskies are one of the top teams in the Conference. They rank second in the American Athletic Conference in total defense allowing 339.2 ypg and second in scoring defense allowing 18.7 ppg. They are only giving up 186.5 yards passing per game and 152.7 yards rushing per game. Good for ranking first and sixth respectively in the conference.

The Bulls rank just behind the Huskies in total defense allowing 352.8 ypg. Auggie Sanchez is the leader of a Bulls Defense that has racked up 12 sacks and ranks 14th in the NCAA Tackles for Loss with 28.

The last eight games between the Bulls and the Huskies have been decided by an average of 4 points with neither team scoring more than 19 points the last five meetings. That won’t be the case this time around as the Bulls, averaging 409 ypg, will carry the momentum from last week’s win and defeat the Huskies. Bulls win 35-17.

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