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Connecticut vs. Syracuse Post-Game Notes

Oct. 19, 2012

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The contest marked the first for Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni against Syracuse, a school he compiled a record of 107-59-1 with while being the head coach there for 14 seasons

The loss drops the Huskies record to 6-3 all-time against Syracuse, after having won the past five meetings

Redshirt sophomore running back Lyle McCombs made his first start in three games at tailback. He was the third different Husky to start at tailback in those three games (redshirt junior Martin Hyppolite and redshirt freshman Max DeLorenzo had the other starts)

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Chandler Whitmer had his second straight solid first quarter throwing the ball. He was eight-for-12 for 69 yards after throwing for 158 yards in the initial 15 minutes last week against Temple. He finished the first half 14-for-23 passing for 193 yards and a touchdown and finished the game with 23 completions in 41 attempts with one interception and one touchdown for 296 yards.

Whitmer connected with redshirt senior tight end Ryan Griffin for a 32-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter. Griffin now has 105 catches at Connecticut; second-most all-time for a tight end (Brian Kozlowski has the record with 159). It was his fourth touchdown reception of the season and the eighth of his career. He tied his career-high with six receptions

Whitmer completed passes to eight different receivers in the contest

Redshirt junior placekicker Chad Christen made a 23-yard field goal late in the first quarter, after missing all four attempts last week against Temple

Senior wide receiver Michael Smith had four catches for 61 yards after snagging a season-high five passes last week for 54 yards

The 20 points scored by Syracuse in each half were the most given up by Connecticut in a half this season

The 68-yard pass reception by Syracuse's Alec Lemon in the third quarter was the longest play from scrimmage against the Huskies this season

With Jerome Smith's 133 yards, he became the third consecutive Connecticut opponent to top the 100-yard mark rushing. The Huskies did not allow a 100-yard rusher all last season.

The Huskies only managed minus-six yards rushing in the contest. That was the lowest for the Huskies since Connecticut moved up to the FBS level in 2002. The previous low was 12 yards against West Virginia in 2005. It was the third lowest rushing total by a FBS team this season

The Huskies were led on the defensive side of the ball by redshirt sophomore safety Ty-Meer Brown and redshirt sophomore linebacker Yawin Smallwood, who each recorded 10 tackles

Syracuse's 251 rushing yards represented a season-high by a Connecticut opponent