UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni beat his former team, as the Huskies overcame five turnovers to beat Syracuse 28-21 and keep its bowl hopes alive.
After a first-half that was plagued with one mistake after another, the Huskies had no turnovers in the second half and made several gigantic plays. The big difference: linebacker Sio Moore intercepted Ryan Nassib, and UConn was able to convert the mistake into a touchdown when Scott McCummings ran the ball in from 7 yards out in the fourth quarter.
The Orange had a final chance to try and mount a game-tying drive but failed to convert on fourth down. The teams combined for eight turnovers in a sloppy game, but that Nassib turnover was the only one either team was able to convert into a touchdown.
It was a huge win for UConn (4-5), which still needs to win two of its final three games to become bowl eligible. Still, the Huskies got much better play from their offensive line and Lyle McCombs, who had a career-high 152 yards rushing and a touchdown. McCummings overcame a fumble in the first half and ended up with two touchdowns. And the UConn pass defense, which has been shaky without Blidi Wreh-Wilson, held its own.
For Syracuse (5-4), it was a second straight missed chance to become bowl eligible. The Orange have lost two straight and have been completely inconsistent on offense. Nassib was playing much better in the second half until his interception -- he finished with two on the day. The Orange could never really establish their ground game, and failed to get a 100-yard rusher for the second straight week. The run defense could never really slow the Huskies down. The Orange gave up a season-high 198 yards on the ground.