The last two games haven’t been pretty – to say the least. I didn’t want to react to either game right away, so I let some time pass before I took a look at the Bearcats.
It didn’t help.
If Tommy Tuberville thought his seat was hot (in the fans’ eyes) after the 45-20 loss to South Florida – he may want to put on some asbestos pants after Saturday’s performance against Connecticut. Thanks to 20 unanswered points against the Huskies, UC now sits at 0-3 in the American Athletic Conference and is now officially in desperation mode. Sure, no one from inside Nippert will admit it; but, this team has to win now or the situation is going to get ugly.
What is there to say about a performance where your offense racked up two (yes, two; not a typo) yards rushing? The complete lack of a rushing game allowed UConn to concentrate on the pass. Yes, Hayden Moore threw for 315 yards; but, the Cats were unable to cross the goal line. It’s tough to win when you don’t score touchdowns. The defense played well, giving up 20 points. However, the unit was left with little margin for error thanks to the offense’s anemic performance.
What’s next? The Bearcats have a good chance to rest up and figure out what is wrong with the bye week upon us. That said, this team and this coaching staff can’t come out flat against ECU. Anything less than a win could spell the end of the road for Tuberville – and he needs to coach like his job is on the line. The preseason optimism has quickly waned and any chance at a bowl game (much less a jump to the Big 12) are rapidly fading in the rearview mirror.