UConn Huskies Postgame Report

The Huskies were absolutely dominating against Temple, rolling up 518 yards of total offense on the way to a 45-31 home victory. But ...

Coach Randy Edsall wasn't all that happy, preferring to notice that his team turned the ball over four times -- the most for UConn since making the move to Division I-A -- and gave up 31 points.

"There's a lot of things to talk about today's game but the bottom line is that we came into the game and we were 4-2, and we're leaving the game 5-2," Edsall said.

"We played well at times and then we didn't play well at times. The first half we jumped out very fast, started off quick. But, the thing is we made big plays and then I felt -- especially offensively -- because we made big plays that we had guys trying to press to make big plays, which led us into some turnovers.

"You have to give Temple credit. They did a good job of stripping the football. We have to hang on to it a little bit better. So, now you look at the field position and our defense did a tremendous job in the first half with where Temple got the ball. What happened is we ran out of gas on defense in the second half."

As the Huskies try to make a bowl game for the first time, Edsall wants perfection from his squad, or at least he wants his players to strive for it. So when the 1-7 Owls rack up 475 yards of total offense, Edsall isn't too happy.

Still, there's tempered optimism for the Huskies, heading into a date at Syracuse this Saturday.


QB Dan Orlovsky -- The senior became the school's all-time leader in touchdown passes by throwing for two against Temple. On the day, Orlovsky was 18 of 26 for 260 yards, helping the Huskies to an early big lead.

RB Larry Taylor -- The freshman electrified the crowd at Rentschler Field, taking back the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, the fifth longest return in school history. Taylor, who's gained 34 yards in just four carries this season (8.5 ypc), showed his playmaking ability in tallying the Huskies' first score against Temple.

"The only record I really want is to have my name next to the best team that UConn has ever had." -- Connecticut quarterback Dan Orlovsky on setting the school record for career touchdown passes.


The offense hit the Owls with some quick scores, going up 31-7 at half. The passing game was solid and the ground attack was efficient, with the Huskies having such balance that they finished within two yards of passing and rushing yardage (260-258).

Connecticut turned the ball over four times, the kind of thing that can doom a good team. The Huskies have to make sure they hang onto the ball much better because there are some tough road games upcoming.

The Huskies had a few minor injuries against Temple, with both kick returner Larry Taylor (ankle) and running back Cornell Brockington (knee) leaving the game but vowing to be ready for the next contest. Also hurt was backup linebacker Kinnan Herriott, who hurt his right thigh and didn't return. ... Cornerback Allan Barnes is likely out for the season after injuring his knee in practice for the Temple game.

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