2-It may not be the case often, but John Robertson was the second-best QB on the field this night. Not only did the reigning FCS player of the year have three turnovers, but he was outplayed by UConn’s Bryant Shirreffs, especially in the second half as the host Huskies rallied from a 9-6 deficit. The latter, gulp, even looked better running the ball when it mattered.
3-Not having multi-talented RB Gary Underwood as an option after intermission truly hurt Robertson and the Wildcats’ offense. Underwood sprung the QB for a first-down run late in the first half with a nice block, but injured himself on the hit and did not return.
4-‘Nova senior LB Don Cherry, a wonderful sideline-to-sideline tackler, is listed at 6-foot-1, 240 pounds? Umm, yeah, don’t think so. He may be that height, but he’s several bricks in his shorts shy of that weight. Kinda fascinating that arguably the best linebackers in the country at the FCS level (Cherry) and FBS level (Temple’s Tyler Matakevich) both play for “city” schools, and very few in Philly even know who they are.
5-The ’Cats would be wise to not rely so much on Robertson. They have weapons across the board, even if Underwood is sidelined for any significant length of time. Wideout Kevin Gulyas is a threat, freshman Jarrett McClenton is even more so, and bowling-ball running back Matt Gudzak can really play, as evidenced by his 13-yard TD catch and 44-yard kickoff return to set up the game’s final TD.
- Jack Kerwin | firstname.lastname@example.org