VIDEO: UConn Defeats UCF 40-13, O’Leary Says Knights Made Too Many Dumb Mistakes
By Space Coast Daily // October 11, 2015
Knights Now 0-6
ABOVE VIDEO: UConn quarterback Bryan Shirreffs threw for 256 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to lead the Huskies to a 40-13 victory over UCF Saturday at Bright House Networks Stadium.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA –UConn quarterback Bryan Shirreffs threw for 256 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to lead the Huskies to a 40-13 victory over UCF Saturday at Bright House Networks Stadium.
The Knights had the opening possession of the contest and marched down the field. Quarterback Justin Holman was 8-of-9 passing on the drive, which stalled at the UConn 2-yard line before resulting in a Matthew Wright field goal.
The Huskies scored the next 40 points. UConn generated two scores in the final 57 seconds of the first half, pushing a 9-3 lead to 23-3 at halftime.
Shirriffs scored on a 1-yard keeper two plays after Jhavon Williams’ 19-yard interception return put the ball on the UCF 9. Then, after an interception, Shirreffs connected with Noel Thomas for a 16-yard touchdown with 49 seconds left in the half.
“I’m obviously very disappointed in the outcome and the continued mistakes we’re making offensively and defensively,” head coach George O’Leary said.
“There are just a lot of kids out there – in my opinion – who aren’t ready yet. But injuries and loss of scholarships have forced us to put them on the field. Again, just too many easy scores, too many dumb mistakes out there in all phases, offense, defense and special teams.”
Arkeel Newsome rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns for the Huskies.
Patti led the team in receptions with six for 58 yards and a score. Quinton Hampton paced the Knights’ defense with 10 total stops. Jamiyus Pittman had a big day with 2.5 of UCF’s five sacks.