Things are not gonna get easier for Tommy Tubberville.
After going ahead 9-0 on three straight field goals in the second quarter, the Cincinnati Bearcats didn’t score again as the UConn Huskies pulled off a 20-9 win at Rentschler Field.
Cincy is now almost assuredly out of contention for the American Athletic East Division, now standing at 0-3 in league play and 3-3 overall. The Huskies move to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the AAC.
Hayden Moore tried to make it work for the Cincy offense, going 29 for 56 for 315 yards, no touchdowns and one interception, but the run game was virtually non-existent. The Bearcats ran for a net total of two, yes TWO yards, partially due to three UConn sacks on the day.
Bryant Shirreffs did well on the day, going 18 of 33 for 224 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The big target was Noel Thomas, who had nine catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, the Huskies’ Arkeel Newsome led the way with 14 carries for 116 yards. Shirreffs added 52 yards on 18 carries.
Ground control helped UConn dominate the clock in the second half, with 19:10 to the Bearcats’ 10:50.
While this is a big win for UConn, who is trying to compete in the AAC East, the loss is a bad referendum on Tubberville, who was on shaky ground going into this season. Making a bowl might not be enough for Tubbs as UC could feel like they deserve a higher ceiling.