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Paul Pasqualoni Monday teleconference report.

POSTED September 23, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

STORRS: While the UConn Huskies football team remains in search of their first win of the 2013 campaign, head coach Paul Pasqualoni is encouraged by what he has seen after each game.

“We have been getting better each week.” Pasqualoni said Monday morning. “We got better after Towson and better again against Maryland. Saturday night I thought we had a good effort against Michigan as well.”

In the end, Saturday nights near upset of then 15th ranked Michigan (now 18th) came down to a few plays that were executed better by the Wolverines, a common thread in the team’s first three weeks.

“I thought they made a few more plays than we did in the end.” Pasqualoni said.

It’s been a common theme for the 0-3 Huskies who head on the road for the first time this week when they travel to Buffalo.

“Each game has been decided by a few plays but the margin of error is getting better and better.” Pasqualoni said. “We have a lot of football left to play, fortunately there are nine more on the schedule starting with our first road game this week.”

UConn hosted the Bulls a year ago on September 29 and came away with a hard fought 24-17 win at Rentschler Field.

“They played us real tough here a year ago.” Pasqualoni said. “They have had a week off to prepare for us while we have been in the thick of it for a while now.”

The Huskie running game showed signs of life, the total yards gained still sat at an anemic 85-yards but both Lyle McCombs (8-38) and Max DeLorenzo (6-23) showed signs of breaking off longer runs against Michigan.

McCombs had a 16-yard run in the second half while DeLorenzo added a 12-yard burst in the first half.

“DeLorenzo lets us a change it up a little.” Pasqualoni said. “He’s a bigger back and it helps McCombs as well.”

INJURY UPDATE: Pasqualoni said Kevin Friend (OT), Taylor Mack (CB), Shakim Phillips (WR) and Graham Stewart (LB) were all progressing in their injury recovery process. All would be getting rehab Monday and the coaches will kno

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