UConn has a package of plays for quarterback Scott McCummings each week. He made the most of them against Syracuse last week, playing a good chunk of the second half and a majority of the fourth quarter because the Orange had a hard time stopping him in the Wildcat.
It all added up to career-highs for carries (13), yards (59) and touchdowns (two). It was McCummings who scored both fourth-quarter touchdowns to help the Huskies win 28-21. It was McCummings who helped the Huskies rush for three touchdowns on the day. UConn had one rushing touchdown in its seven previous games.
It certainly was a welcome relief for UConn to get such a solid performance out of McCummings, especially considering the way Johnny McEntee has played of late. Against Syracuse, McEntee had two interceptions and a fumble in the first half. McCummings was not perfect, either. He also had a fumble, but he provided some nice consistency in the second half.
"The coaches have been showing a lot more confidence in me than in the past,” McCummings said after the game. “I felt like I was back in high school again. I was having fun out there. It was great. I’m glad I rose to the occasion and helped us get a win.”
Pasqualoni said Monday that McCummings would have his usual set of plays the next time UConn takes the field -- Nov. 19 against Louisville. How many carries he gets just depends on how effective he is running.
"We kind of have the same number of plays up for Scott every week," he said. "We haven't changed a lot there. Sometimes it's the flow of the game and how it's going for him and how the defense is responding to what we're doing there with the Wildcat concept. You really don't know until you get into the game and you start playing."