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Tough task against UCF


New Haven Register

STORRS — Billy Crocker, the mastermind behind the No. 1-ranked defense at the Football Championship Subdivision level in 2016, had his work cut out for him when he agreed to become the defensive coordinator at UConn.

Still, not even Crocker, coming off a successful run at Villanova, could have imagined the struggles that awaited him.

UConn has already given up more passing yards, completions and touchdown passes in a season in program history and there are three regular-season games left to play.

Statistically, it is not just the worst pass defense in program history, but since making the jump to the Football Bowl Subdivision level in 2002, no team has given up more passing yards per game than the 378.6 surrendered by this UConn squad.

Things don’t get any easier with the Huskies hitting the road Saturday (noon, ESPNU) to play No. 14 UCF, the highest-scoring team at the FBS level.

UConn gave up seven touchdown passes to Riley Ferguson of Memphis and 516 yards of total offense to noted UConn tormentor Quinton Flowers of South Florida.

The scary thing is that UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton — the American Athletic Conference leader in passing efficiency and total offensive yards per game — has been posting better numbers than both Ferguson and Flowers.

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