- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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Louisville leads Connecticut 13-0 at halftime, and the Huskies are lucky it's not worse than that.
As expected, the UConn offense is struggling with redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Box making his first career start in place of the suspended and exiled Cody Endres. Box has shown some good mobility, but he has completed just 3 of 8 passes for 38 yards and has thrown an interception. It's clear that UConn isn't comfortable opening up the whole playbook with him in there.
Louisville, meanwhile, has nearly doubled the Huskies in total yardage and looks a step faster on both sides of the ball. Had the Cardinals been able to convert two scoring opportunities into touchdowns instead of field goals, they would have a commanding lead. As it is, 13-0 is pretty good given the general ineptitude of the UConn offense.
As for the superstar running back battle, right now Bilal Powell has the edge. The nation's No. 4 rusher has run 10 times for 65 yards. The No. 3 rusher in the FBS, Connecticut's Jordan Todman, has 11 carries for 41 yards. Louisville as a team is averaging nearly seven yards per rush on 17 attempts.
The Huskies need to get Todman going, but they don't have much of a passing game to keep the Cardinals defense honest. That defense looks a lot better than the one that got torched by Cincinnati last week.