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Connecticut defensive breakdown

By mrasor Published: September 28, 2007

Football
The theme -- UConn is among the nation's top 20 teams in stopping the run, allowing just 85 yards per game. The Huskies are also top-20 in pass defense, holding teams to 165.5 yards. When three of your first four games are against Duke, Maine and Temple, does it matter?
Two teams were able to penetrate the Huskies. Temple ran up 189 rushing yards. Pitt threw for 277. If not for a bogus call, Temple would have won. If not for six turnovers, Pitt would have been more competitive. Hopefully Akron studied both tapes to discover what those teams did to be successful.
Key players -- Defensive end Cody Brown leads the team with 17 solo tackles and seven for a loss. Brown leads a quick and physical defensive line. Redshirt freshman Lawrence Wilson has stepped in nicely to lead the team in total tackles. Safety Robert Brown has intercepted three passes and broken up two.
How Akron can score -- Carlton Jackson needs to be mindful of Brown lurking in the secondary. He ate apart Pitt. Bryan Williams must really assert himself now that the running back job is his. I wouldn't say he won it as much as Dennis Kennedy lost it. The onus lies on the offensive line, too, to start creating holes.

    Notes:
    Vincent Dorsey of the Buchtelite wrote an excellent preview of the game. Plenty of good info.
    The line has moved to Connecticut being as much as a 15.5-point favorite. (I think that's absurd.)
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