Print this story

Huskies end miserable 2014 campaign with 27-20 loss to previously winless SMU.

POSTED December 07, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Torrington's own Chris DeBerry and Deshon Foxx were among 14 seniors honored before the UConn Huskies' 27-20 loss to SMU.

EAST HARTFORD: "The tide is coming back in," UConn football coach Bob Diaco said during his postgame session with the media. "I know it doesn't feel like it but it is."

It's a hard thing for fans of the Huskies to swallow at this point after watching their team blow a 20-6 halftime lead over an SMU team that came in winless in 11 tries, yet managed to come away with a 27-20 win over UConn.

UConn finishes an incredibly disappointing campaign with a 2-10 record after turning the ball over five times and losing to a team that came in averaging just nine points. SMU, though, took advantage of every gift the home team gave them.

It was kind of like Christmas-come-early for the Mustang,s who started the week naming a new coach while still having an interim one finishing out their campaign.

"You can't beat anybody when you turn the ball over five times," Diaco said. "It's impossible."

SMU had just 158 yards of total offense at the half, but finished the day with 422 after making the most of the short field the Huskies were far too willing to give them.

A fumbled punt by Deshon Foxx in the first quarter after a three and out by the Huskies defense led to a field goal that put the visitors up 6-0.

After Arkeel Newsome fumbled the second half kickoff not once but twice, the Mustangs recovered and turned it into seven points when Prescott Line scored from four yards out.

It seemed any time the Huskies found some prosperity, disaster was not far behind.

A long run by Foxx was followed by a fumble by one of the 14 seniors honored on Senior Day.

It led to a 26-yard touchdown by Matt Davis and a 21-point second half was underway for the Mustangs.

The home team would take advantage of some southern hospitality to put up their first points of the day when Andrew Adams scooped up a SMU fumble and ran it in from 32 yards out to tie things at six. The extra point was missed by Bobby Puyol after a bad snap. 

This was a game in which the Huskies recorded a season high 249 yards on the ground with freshman Ron Johnson accounting for 101, a career high.

The Huskies ran for just 81 yards in the second half after totaling 165 in the opening half.

SMU had come in giving up over 500 yards of offense per year, but the Huskies managed just 316.

The Huskies air attack was nonexistent most of the day, Tim Boyle (4-11-29) and Chandler Whitmer (1-3-1-38) were not effective and it was Whitmer's interception in the second quarter when the Huskies were driving that thwarted a drive.

Diaco spoke of the quarterback situation in his postgame and gave all indications that Boyle did not do enough to lock down the position in 2015, it will be an open competition come spring.

For SMU interim head coach Tom Mason, this was a terrific way for him to send his team into the off season.

"I was just really happy for the kids," Mason said. "We wanted to get a win because we've been in a couple of games this year that we let by us. We finally got this one put away."

A blocked field goal attempt by Bobby Puyol early in the fourth capped off the misery on a miserable day that was a microcosm of this campaign.

SMU marched 70 yards off the blocked kick and scored on a 12-yard run by Prescott Line that sealed the Huskies fate.

To show you how the concept of winning was foreign to the Mustangs, they committed back to back formation penalties while trying to utilize the victory formation.

It was that kind of year.

NOTES: The attendance figure given was 22,910. This number is based on tickets distributed, not the number of fans in the seats, which looked to be under 10,000.

UConn has never beaten SMU, they are now 0-3.

DeLorenzo scored on a nifty 46-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give the home team a lead at 13-6. It was the longest run of his career and the longest run by a UConn running back not named Deshon Foxx.

On defense, Jhavoin forced two fumbles and recovered another.

Geremy Davis finished his UConn career with 165 catches, fifth all time in program history but had only 44 grabs in his senior year, good for just 521 yards.

Davis totaled 2,292 receiving yards, sixth best in program history.

For more from Timothy W. Gaffney click here