Saturday, October 1, 2011
Western Michigan 38, UConn 31
By Andrea Adelson
Do you want to how much UConn missed starting cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson against Western Michigan?
Alex Carder racked 479 yards passing and five touchdowns, and three receivers finished with more than 100 yards in the Broncos' 38-31 upset win against the Huskies. Chleb Ravenell caught the 41-yard game-winning touchdown pass on Gary Wilburn, the replacement for Wreh-Wilson, sitting out with a knee injury.
It was a completely disappointing defensive performance for the Huskies, who seemed helpless against the Western Michigan air attack. Jordan White finished with 12 catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns; Ravenell had nine catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns; and Robert Arnheim had 10 catches for 113 yards.
UConn spent the entire day chasing Western Michigan, which led 17-7 at halftime. But Johnny McEntee tried to lead the Huskies back, throwing four touchdown passes of his own. McEntee threw a 26-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to Nick Williams to tie the game at 31 with 2:03 to go.
But the defense could not hold. Western Michigan needed to just two plays to go ahead again. McEntee drove UConn down the field to try and win it, and had a nice long completion to Ryan Griffin. But Griffin was stripped at the end of the run, and Western Michigan recovered.
If there was a bright side, McEntee showed some spark in leading this team. Lyle McCombs ran for 136 yards. But there is not much you can do when the defense cannot get any stops. UConn dropped to 2-3, and now faces the daunting task of going to West Virginia next week.