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Huskies Take On UCF In Homecoming Game On Saturday

Oct. 18, 2016

STORRS, Conn. - The UConn football team plays its Homecoming game this Saturday when it takes on UCF at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The game kicks off at noon and will be televised by ESPNews and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Network.

Tickets are available for the game by CLICKING HERE. There are many options for the game, including the October 4-Pack, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four waters and four bags of chips for $100.

UConn brings a 3-4 record into the game and is 1-3 in the American Athletic Conference while UCF is 3-3 and 1-1 in the American. Two of UConn's losses this year have come to teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 while another loss is to an also receiving votes team.

For a look at the UConn media notes, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday was Media Day in Storrs and here is a roundup with quotes and video from head coach Bob Diaco and junior tight end Alec Bloom (Ligonier, Pa.) plus a Twitter recap of the day.

Head Coach Bob Diaco

Opening Statement

"Wrapping up South Florida, talking about this one loss, disappointed after the game and directly after the game. Players were hurting, just because you put so much in. Everybody is sick of losing, you make a great investment, and a week's worth is good, real good. And you go down there and expect to win. When you don't, the game ends and it hurts.

"In further review and taking a deep look at things, there is so much encouraging stuff for the team to understand, and they are very positive, like a competitor would be. Being accountable to the work and the record as it sits right now but understanding that there are a lot of improvements. But also understanding that there are small things that can continued to be cleaned up, to add more and more. So very tangible things, not intangible. Not having to try harder but some real football nuts and bolts, tactical and fundamental work during the course of the week.

"They need to understand that in a competitor's way and a battler's way and for them to understand that we have played the No. 11, No. 25 and the No. 27 teams in the country. So three of our four losses are to them and they were all on the road. Only one other team in the country has done that in the first half of the season, have had that level of challenge. And our other loss happened to be against Syracuse, with the ball two feet away from the end zone and they just beat the brakes off of Virginia Tech. We have had a lot of hard, challenging, fun, exciting, some great moments, some disappointing moments in this first half. We have played against great competition.

"We got together yesterday, had some strong meetings, went to the field and started our preparation for Central Florida and I'm excited and the team is excited about it."

What positives stood out from the USF game

"I love that we didn't turn the football over, that was a major emphasis point and that got done. I really enjoyed the game starting with a drive and a score, the way that happened. It wasn't an explosive first quarter but it was better than it had been. It was really a great last two weeks in creating turnovers, I think five turnovers the last two weeks and that has been a major point of emphasis, both mentally and physically."

On senior cornerback Jhavon Williams' interception vs. UCF

"It really was an awesome play and I shared the same feelings. It was dynamic, I wouldn't say a light switch has flipped but it is preparation, he has approached the last few weeks with a different energy and professionalism. It has always been good, but it has been great and it is really showing up in his game. Two weeks ago he played a great game and it was hard to find many errors."

The Last Meeting
October 10, 2015
Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
UConn Routs UCF 40-13
Bryan Shirreffs threw for 256 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score and UConn snapped a three-game losing streak with a 40-13 victory over Central Florida in an American Athletic Conference game Saturday afternoon. Shirreffs generated two scores in the final 57 seconds of the first half that helped the Huskies (3-3, 1-1) take a 23-3 halftime lead.