In truth, it was one play that separated NC State and UConn on the day. Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon connected with Bryan Underwood on a 46-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown, and it proved to be the difference in the contest.
Still, the Huskies defense deserves a lot of credit. It gave up just 10 points all game, and consistently came up big on third down. Trevardo Williams was a menace to the NC State offensive line, totaling five total tackles; three for a loss. He also tallied one forced fumble and two and a half sacks.
UConn's offense, however, turned the ball over four times and looked out of sorts all day. For the second straight week, the run game was invisible. Star tailback Lyle McCombs failed to make his mark on the game until it was too late. He had 60 yards on 20 carries for a sub-par three yards per carry. For years, a strong ground attack has been what the Huskies have hung their hats upon. This year seems to be an exception.
At the quarterback position, its a new year and a new face, but the same old problems. Chandler Whitmer threw three interceptions, giving him five total on the season. While more physically imposing than Johnny McEntee, Whitmer has shown that his decision making isn't anywhere near close to what it needs to be. His day was marred with bad throws, which led to an anemic UConn offense.
If the offense continues to struggle like it has, UConn will find it hard to win games. The Huskies need to get their offense clicking, and quickly. A TV match-up made in heaven against a Randy Edsall-led Maryland squad is on the docket for next week.