2011 Connecticut Huskies football team

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2011 Connecticut Huskies football
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ConferenceBig East Conference
Record5–7 (3–4 Big East)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorGeorge DeLeone (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorDon Brown (1st season)
Home stadiumRentschler Field
(Capacity: 40,000)
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Big East Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 17 West Virginia $+   5 2     10 3  
No. 25 Cincinnati +   5 2     10 3  
Louisville +   5 2     7 6  
Rutgers   4 3     9 4  
Pittsburgh   4 3     6 7  
Connecticut   3 4     5 7  
South Florida   1 6     5 7  
Syracuse   1 6     5 7  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • + – Conference co-champions
As of January 11, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Connecticut Huskies football team represented the University of Connecticut in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season as a member of the Big East Conference. The team was coached by Paul Pasqualoni and played its home games at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. It was Pasqualoni's first year with the team.

Previous season

The Huskies finished 8–5, 5–2 in Big East play to share the conference title with Pittsburgh and West Virginia. Due to victories over both schools, the Huskies earned the Big East's automatic bid to a BCS game, the first in school history, and were invited to the Fiesta Bowl where they were defeated by Big 12 champion Oklahoma 20–48.

Before the season

Coaching changes

The day after the Fiesta Bowl Head Coach Randy Edsall left the University to accept the same position at Maryland.[1] Paul Pasqualoni was hired to replace Edsall. George DeLeone was brought in as the new offensive coordinator, with former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Joe Moorhead being demoted to quarterbacks coach.[2][3] Don Brown was brought in to replace Todd Orlando at defensive coordinator.[4] Orlando left to take the same position at Florida International.[5]

Roster changes

The Huskies lost six starters from the 2010 team to graduation. In addition to the graduation losses All-American RB Jordan Todman entered the NFL Draft a year early.[6]

Recruiting

On February 2, 2011, Paul Pasqualoni announced that 16 student-athletes had signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Connecticut.[7] Four; Kenton Adeyemi, Dalton Gifford, Michael Nebrich and Sean McQuillan; entered school in January to participate in spring practice.

Awards watchlists

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 312:00 pmFordham*ESPN3W 35–334,562
September 107:30 pmat Vanderbilt*SNYL 21–2432,119
September 168:00 pmIowa State*
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
ESPN2L 20–2437,195
September 246:00 pmat Buffalo*SNY/BIG EAST NetworkW 17–318,215
October 13:30 pmWestern Michigan*
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
SNYL 31–3836,648
October 812:00 pmat No. 16 West VirginiaSNY/BIG EAST NetworkL 16–4356,179
October 153:30 pmSouth Floridadagger
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
SNY/BIG EAST NetworkW 16–1037,162
October 268:00 pmat PittsburghESPNL 20–3540,219
November 512:00 pmSyracuse
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
ESPNUW 28–2138,769
November 1912:00 pmLouisville
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
BIG EAST NetworkL 20–3434,483
November 2612:00 pmRutgers
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
ESPN2W 40–2237,857
December 312:00 pmat CincinnatiESPNL 27–3527,930
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summaries

Fordham

1 234Total
Rams 0 030 3
Huskies 7 14140 35

Recap: This game was originally scheduled to be played on September 1 at 7:30 pm. However, due to Rentschler Field being used for relief efforts for Hurricane Irene, the game was moved to Saturday. The team discussed playing the game at the Yale Bowl in New Haven if the field did not become available in time, but on Wednesday, August 31, the team announced the game would be played in East Hartford on Saturday at noon.

Vanderbilt

1 234Total
Huskies 3 0108 21
Commodores 14 0010 24

Recap:

Iowa State

1 234Total
Cyclones 0 7107 24
Huskies 10 037 20

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Buffalo

1 234Total
Huskies 0 1007 17
Bulls 0 300 3

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Western Michigan

1 234Total
Broncos 0 17021 38
Huskies 0 71014 31

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West Virginia

1 234Total
Huskies 3 607 16
No. 16 Mountaineers 3 72310 43

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South Florida

1 234Total
Bulls 3 070 10
Huskies 3 3100 16

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Pittsburgh

1 234Total
Huskies 0 3107 20
Panthers 14 777 35

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Syracuse

1 234Total
Orange 0 7140 21
Huskies 7 0714 28

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Louisville

1 234Total
Cardinals 14 0713 34
Huskies 0 10010 20

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Rutgers

1 234Total
Scarlet Knights 0 10012 22
Huskies 14 10160 40

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Cincinnati

1 234Total
Huskies 0 6615 27
Bearcats 14 1470 35

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References

  1. ^ ESPN. "Randy Edsall to coach Maryland". ESPN. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
  2. ^ "George DeLeone Set to Join Staff; What About Joe Moorhead? - UConn Hu…". Archived from the original on July 7, 2012.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 11, 2011. Retrieved February 5, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 11, 2011. Retrieved February 5, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Meet FIU DC Todd Orlando".
  6. ^ Miller, Ted. "Jordan Todman will enter NFL draft". ESPN. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
  7. ^ "Connecticut Football Signs 16 Student-Athletes To National Letter Of Intent". UConnHuskies.com. February 2, 2011. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
  8. ^ "Connecticut Huskies vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Box Score". ESPN. September 10, 2011.
  9. ^ "South Florida Bulls vs. Connecticut Huskies Box Score". ESPN. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
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