Saturday, September 3, 2011
Final: UConn 35, Fordham 3
By Andrea Adelson
Connecticut beat Fordham 35-3 in a game that was postponed from Thursday. We finally got an answer about who would start at quarterback, but no true clarity at the position.
All three played. Johnny McEntee started off the game and rotated with true freshman Michael Nebrich. Scott McCummings was used in Wildcat situations. McCummings finished as the team's second leading rusher with seven carries for 23 yards. So there really is not much more clarity today than there was earlier this week. Here are their final lines:
McEntee: 8-of-12 for 113 yards
Nebrich: 3-of-8 for 60 yards, one interception
McCummings: 1-of-1 for 55 yards and a touchdown
It makes sense for all three to have gotten game time when you consider the opponent. UConn could afford to play all three, to get them each acclimated to game situations. This will help better determine who will be the leader at quarterback moving forward. But at the same time, it was hard for the offense to get into much of a rhythm. Coach Paul Pasqualoni wants to see them play at a faster tempo, but that might be hard with no set starter there.
One other note: running back D.J. Shoemate did not play in the game because he sprained his ankle Thursday. Lyle McCombs got the start and had a huge day, running for 141 yards and four touchdowns. UConn definitely has options at tailback.
The defense also did what we expected, holding Fordham to three points, eight first downs and 169 total yards.