UConn Up Big On Pitt At The Half

The lone highlight of the game for Pitt is a career-game from Drew Carswell; 4 catches for 72 yards.

Call it a hangover, being flat, still on the high from coming close to Notre Dame, or not recovering from the heartbreaking loss.

Whatever the case, Pitt has shown no signs of life, and trails UConn at halftime, 24-0.

To put it mildly, UConn has executed in all phases of the game--including multiple phases of special teams. The Huskies marched down the field on its opening drive, capping it off with a 2-yard pass from quarterback Chandler Whitmer to Ryan Griffin. Griffin caught all three of Whitmer's passes for 33 yards.

UConn answered, after a Pitt three-and-out, with a 29-yard field goal from Chad Christen. UConn held the ball for 11:44 on those first two drives. The closest Pitt came to scoring was a missed 44-yarder from Kevin Harper on the next series. The ball bounced off the right upright.

When it wasn't the offense or defense clicking for UConn, it was special teams. Nick Williams--who burned Pitt two years ago in this stadium--burned them again with an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown to put the Huskies up by three scores.

The Huskies tacked on another for good measure; a 2-yard touchdown run for Lyle McCombs to make it a 24-0 score.

Drew Carswell is the lone bright spot for Pitt on either side of the ball, with 4 catches for 72 yards. Tino Sunseri is just 8-of-18 for 108 yards, and has had three passes--would-be interceptions--dropped by UConn defenders. He's also had a wide-open Devin Street twice, but unable to throw him the ball.

A couple of other disturbing trends. UConn entered the game ranked dead last with 82 yards a game rushing. Already, the Huskies have rushed for 99 yards in the half. They also rank last in sacks allowed (26). Pitt has no sacks in one half.

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