Grading the Huskies - Louisville

UConn defeated Louisville 21-17 last Saturday at Rentschler Field. John Silver grades out the Huskies' win.

Quarterback

Grade: B

 

In the rain, the quarterback's job is to just do enough to keep the chains moving and no turnovers. Pedestrian stats 9-of-18 130 yards, and Lorenzen fumbled twice on the opening drive and the second one at the 12 was a critical error. Still, he created yards with his legs and when he needed some pass lays late he got them to Brand Kanuch, Terrence Jeffers and a touchdown pass to D.J. Hernandez. You feel confident with Lorenzen back there

 

Running backs

Grade: B+

 

Andre Dixon was outstanding with 115 yards rushing and a powerful touchdown runs. Dixon showed burst and an ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.  Donald Brown was shaky on less than five carries. Bad pitch didn't allow him to get a yard on fourth down, and his fumble that was returned for a touchdown appeared to be a game killer if it wasn't for some late heroics. Don't know what's wrong with Brown, but I don know he is better than that.

 

Offensive line:

Grade:  B

 

The got the ball moving on Louisville in the running game (doesn't everyone), with 175 yards but once again in critical short-yardage were unable to get a yard when it mattered as the Huskies turned it over on downs late in the second quarter at the Cardinals 8. Good job protecting Lorenzen for the most part.  

 

 

Receivers

 

Grade: C+

Some drops in the group, but D.J. Hernandez's touchdown catch was a good effort and Brad Kanuch and Terrence Jeffers both had big catches on that final drive. Not much dong from anyone else in the pouring rain at Rentschler Field.

 

Defensive line

Grade: B+

Put just enough pressure on Brohm to get him to check down to receivers. The work of the line against the physical fullback Brock Bolen was phenomenal. Great work inside by Dan Davis and Rob Lunn (5 tackles). Julius Williams got a sack, Cody Brown had one taken away because of a face mask. Good job.

 

Linebackers

 

Grade: A

 

Scott Lutrus had 18 tackles, nine solo, and did an excellent job tackling when Brian Brohm checked down to running backs and tight ends in pass coverage. He is a coverage linebacker and added another interception. On a dry day he may have ran it back for a touchdown.   Lansanah added 15 tackles and clinched the game.

 

Secondary

Grade:  A

 

No big plays. Longest pass play was 26 yards. Darius Butler was all over Harry Douglas and the zone coverage forced Brohm to take dump offs and check downs. Butler didn't bite in a WR option pass and jumped inside for an interception. Butler also broke up the fourth down play that preceded the game-winning drive.

 

Special teams

Grade: B+

 

Taylor ran back a punt return for a touchdown though its fairness is in dispute. Nice job by the Huskies side not giving up on that play. Taylor's kickoff return to the 50 after going down 17-7 jump started the Huskies. Coverage's were adequate if not spectacular. Not much for Tony Ciaravino, though Desi Culen shanked a critical punt deep in UConn territory.

 

Coaching

Grade: B+

 

Weather helped, but the defensive game plan was executed to near perfection. Get some pressure, make Brohm check down and tackle. The coverage design slowed down the Cardinals for the first time this season. No big plays. Offensive was reigned in by the weather and was very very conservative. 20 rushes to only one pass when the Huskies failed on a fourth and 1 on the Louisville 8. Had two timeouts and two minutes on the clock in the second quarter but UConn elected to run out the clock.   


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