Halftime: UConn 13, West Virginia 7
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- It's pretty safe to say West Virginia won't score 66 points this year against Connecticut.
The Huskies defense has been terrific in the first half. The Mountaineers' only scoring drive came after a big punt return set them up near midfield, and Pat White scored on 3rd-and-goal from the 24-yard line like only he can. White now is responsible for 89 touchdowns in his career, second-most all time in Big East history.
But West Virginia went three-and-out on its next two possessions, then got pinned on its own 1 to end the half. On one key series, the Mountaineers got the ball at the 47 with 2:39 before halftime. They punted 35 seconds later. No sign of Jarrett Brown yet, either.
UConn is plugging the gaps on the outside, and White's throws have been a little off most of the game. This looks more like the West Virginia offense we saw all season before the Auburn game. Maybe Auburn is just really that bad.
Offensively for the Huskies, Cody Endres is making fans forget about their love for Zach Frazer. The redshirt freshman is 11 of 19 for 112 yards and looks calm and assured in the pocket. It's hard for the Mountaineers to defend both the passing game and concentrate on Donald Brown, who has 77 yards on 15 carries. Brown just has such good vision and strength, he's nearly unstoppable when he goes north-south.
The Huskies have nearly twice as many total yards and almost three times as many first downs as the Mountaineers. A turnover and two drives that ended with field goals instead of touchdowns are the only things keeping the game this close.
But Dave Teggart has been perfect on his two field goal attempts; had he been the starting kicker at Rutgers, perhaps UConn is 3-0 in the Big East right now.