UConn is an offensively challenged team. They don't have particularly good receivers. Their starting quarterback is injured. They have Donald Brown, one of the leading rushers in the country, but little else. Naturally, they aren't going to score a lot of points and will play in a lot of close games.
Over this season and last, the Huskies have gone 6-1 in games decided by seven points or less. They have had questionable calls go their way. Inexplicable screw-ups by the refs. Huge mistakes by the other team. Always, it seemed the ball just bounced their way.
Well, not today. Facing a desperate Rutgers team, UConn struggled to finish drives. They missed opportunities and in the second half, had to deal with a Rutgers defense that was completely stacking to stop Donald Brown. Brown had over 90 yards in the first half, but only finished with 111. Brown was even stopped in the endzone for a safety. They even missed two field goals in the first half
Even as poorly as the Huskies played on offense, they still had a chance with just over a minute left. They just needed to make a field goal from inside 30 yards. And again, the kicker, Tony Ciaravino kicked it off the upright and Rutgers held on for a 12-10 win.
UConn outgained the Scarlet Knights on the ground and passing. The Huskies, though, could not make the most of their opportunities. Now the Huskies fall back in the very muddled Big East pack.