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UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni speaks to his teams mindset going forward.

POSTED September 09, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

STORRS: University of Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni is pleased with how his team has responded since their 33-18 opening season game against Towson.

“The mood in the locker room is good,” Pasqualoni said during his Monday morning talk with the media, “It was good in that locker room after the loss to Towson, as tough as that was.”

While much has been made of the Division I versus Division AA status of the two programs, the Huskies knew they were facing a good team coming in.

“They realized that Towson was a very good football team that played very well and we didn’t.” Pasqualoni said.

The Huskies had a few days off last week, not in response to the loss but something built in before the season stared with the two weeks in between games one and two.

“We had a come off a very tough and physical spring camp so the plan was all along to give the team a few days off, regardless of the outcome of the game,” Pasqualoni noted.

What good did they see when they looked back at the film?

“While it doesn’t show up in the stats, I thought the protection from the offensive line was good even though we gave up five sacks,”Pasqualoni said, “I thought that Whitmer was a bit jittery at times, not moving out of the pocket as much as he did last year.”

“On defense even though a couple of plays got away from us, I thought we played a good zone against them.”

With two huge games in front of them, Maryland on Saturday and powerhouse Michigan a week later, the Huskies are hoping to develop short memories and forget what transpired in late August.

Winning one of the next two is no easy task for any team.

Randy Edsall and the Terrapins invade The Rent after losing to UConn a year ago in Maryland with revenge front and center on the agenda.

Maryland is 2-0 and playing very well coming off a 47-10 rout of Old Dominion on Saturday.

Michigan and Notre Dame may have just scored again, that’s the kind of high powered “O” that is making its way to East Hartford in two weeks.

The ability of this team to forget the past and focus on the task at hand will be tested this week.  

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