2011 Connecticut Huskies football team

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2011 Connecticut Huskies football
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Conference Big East Conference
2011 record 5–7 (3–4 Big East)
Head coach Paul Pasqualoni (1st year)
Offensive coordinator George DeLeone (1st year)
Defensive coordinator Don Brown (1st year)
Home stadium Rentschler Field
(Capacity: 40,000)
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#17 West Virginia $+   5 2         10 3  
#25 Cincinnati +   5 2         10 3  
Louisville +   5 2         7 6  
Rutgers   4 3         9 4  
Pittsburgh   4 3         6 7  
Connecticut   3 4         5 7  
South Florida   1 6         5 7  
Syracuse   1 6         5 7  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • + – Conference co-champions
As of January 11, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Connecticut Huskies football team represented the University of Connecticut in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season as a member of the Big East Conference. The team was coached by Paul Pasqualoni and played its home games at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. It was Pasqualoni's first year with the team.

Previous season[edit]

The Huskies finished 8–5, 5–2 in Big East play to share the conference title with Pittsburgh and West Virginia. Due to victories over both schools, the Huskies earned the Big East's automatic bid to a BCS game, the first in school history, and were invited to the Fiesta Bowl where they were defeated by Big 12 champion Oklahoma 20–48.

Before the season[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

The day after the Fiesta Bowl Head Coach Randy Edsall left the University to accept the same position at Maryland.[1] Paul Pasqualoni was hired to replace Edsall.[2] George DeLeone was brought in as the new offensive coordinator, with former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Joe Moorhead being demoted to quarterbacks coach.[3][4] Don Brown was brought in to replace Todd Orlando at defensive coordinator.[5] Orlando left to take the same position at Florida International.[6]

Roster changes[edit]

The Huskies lost six starters from the 2010 team to graduation. In addition to the graduation losses All-American RB Jordan Todman entered the NFL Draft a year early.[7]

Recruiting[edit]

On February 2, 2011, Paul Pasqualoni announced that 16 student-athletes had signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Connecticut.[8] Four; Kenton Adeyemi, Dalton Gifford, Michael Nebrich and Sean McQuillan; entered school in January to participate in spring practice.

Awards watchlists[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 12:00 pm Fordham* Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT ESPN3 W 35–3   34,562[9]
September 10 7:30 pm at Vanderbilt* Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN SNY L 21–24   32,119[9]
September 16 8:00 pm Iowa State* Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT ESPN2 L 20–24   37,195[9]
September 24 6:00 pm at Buffalo* University at Buffalo StadiumBuffalo, NY SNY/BIG EAST Network W 17–3   18,215[9]
October 1 3:30 pm Western Michigan* Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT SNY L 31–38   36,648[9]
October 8 12:00 pm at No. 16 West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV SNY/BIG EAST Network L 16–43   56,179[9]
October 15 3:30 pm South Floridadagger Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT SNY/BIG EAST Network W 16–10   37,162[9]
October 26 8:00 pm at Pittsburgh Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA ESPN L 20–35   40,219[9]
November 5 12:00 pm Syracuse Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT ESPNU W 28–21   38,769[9]
November 19 12:00 pm Louisville Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT BIG EAST Network L 20–34   34,483[9]
November 26 12:00 pm Rutgers Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT ESPN2 W 40–22   37,857[9]
December 3 12:00 pm at No. 25 Cincinnati Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH ESPN L 27–35   27,930[9]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

Game summaries[edit]

Fordham[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 0 3 0 3
Huskies 7 14 14 0 35

Recap: This game was originally scheduled to be played on September 1 at 7:30 pm. However, due to Rentschler Field being used for relief efforts for Hurricane Irene, the game was moved to Saturday. The team discussed playing the game at the Yale Bowl in New Haven if the field did not become available in time, but on Wednesday, August 31, the team announced the game would be played in East Hartford on Saturday at noon.

Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 3 0 10 8 21
Commodores 14 0 0 10 24

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Iowa State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cyclones 0 7 10 7 24
Huskies 10 0 3 7 20

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Buffalo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 10 0 7 17
Bulls 0 3 0 0 3

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Western Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 17 0 21 38
Huskies 0 7 10 14 31

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West Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 3 6 0 7 16
#16 Mountaineers 3 7 23 10 43

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South Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 3 0 7 0 10
Huskies 3 3 10 0 16

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Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 3 10 7 20
Panthers 14 7 7 7 35

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Syracuse[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Orange 0 7 14 0 21
Huskies 7 0 7 14 28

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Louisville[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 14 0 7 13 34
Huskies 0 10 0 10 20

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Rutgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0 10 0 12 22
Huskies 14 10 16 0 40

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Cincinnati[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 6 6 15 27
Bearcats 14 14 7 0 35

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