CCSU rocked by Southeastern, looking for clean slate in road trip against Miami

Published on Monday, 20 September 2021 20:20
Written by TYLER HETU

@TheTylerHetu

NEW BRITAIN - Central Connecticut's 56-10 loss to Southeastern Louisiana Saturday afternoon brings the Blue Devils back to the drawing board as they enter Week 4 of the 2021 season.

For the Blue Devils, who had Northeast Conference title aspirations, are need the reset as they enter Week 4 of the season with a trip to University of Miami next up for them.

The 48 hours following the loss to the Lions involves a lot of looking at the film to go through the bad and the good, and wiping away the bad taste from the loss, said McCarthy. The Blue Devils were diced up for 477 yards in the air and 94 on the ground as the defense is still looking to find its groove.

"I think number one, we've got to flush this game and look at what we did right and what we did wrong, and focus on the positives, and see what we can take into (Week 4)," said McCarthy. "Obviously the competition level is going to increase exponentially.

“We've got to do a lot of things between now and then to give them any type of fight, to be very honest,” said McCarthy.

The Blue Devils had modest production, getting 290 yards of offense on 79 plays. Three interceptions thrown by three different passers for the Blue Devils did not help their cause as the only touchdown produced by the offence came from a Romelo Williams to Keonte Lucas score from 8 yards out.

The 290 yards of total offense is a season-high so far, but the amount of turnovers is also a season-high. McCarthy preached needing to get the offense, defense and special teams in sync to make the day easier for one another leading into the weekend.

While it may not all be there on paper, McCarthy said there was week-to-week improvement after beating Wagner, but Southeastern magnified CCSU's mistakes on scoring from 30+ yards out four times.

"I think there was some improvement, as a team, but when you play an opponent like (Southeastern), and you still continue to make mistakes it's magnified," said McCarthy.

Next up for CCSU is a trip to Miami, Florida to take on the University of Miami (1-2). Kickoff will come at 12:30 p.m. in the school’s first matchup against a Power 5 school since 2017.

MIAMI BEAT UP ENTERING CCSU TILT

Fortunately for the Blue Devils the University of Miami may be entering the week with a slightly different look on offense as the team as they try to figure things out in its quest to become a premier ACC school again.

The Hurricanes fell out of the AP’s Top 25 Sunday for the first time this season following a 38-17 loss to Michigan State on Saturday. In the game D’Eriq King was sidelined with a shoulder injury, and will get evaluation Tuesday.

King broke the single-game record for completions and attempts in the game, going 38 of 59 for 388 yards. He left the game in the second half but did not miss a snap after getting evaluated for the injury on the sideline.

The quarterback was hit hard in the game, but despite not missing any time under center, his injury was enough to warrant concern for Miami head coach Manny Diaz.

"The guy does everything for this program," Diaz said to WQAM, the school’s flagship radio station this week. "The guy simply sacrifices himself to help us ... we've got to get more of that around him. I think there's too many guys that are sitting there watching D'Eriq and not playing with the same desperation that he has. I think that's been unfair to D'Eriq."

If King is sidelined for this Saturday’s contest against CCSU, the Hurricanes will send out Tyler Van Dyke or Jake Garcia. Van Dyke has had very limited action across two seasons while Garcia has yet to make his college debut.



Posted in The Bristol Press, CCSU on Monday, 20 September 2021 20:20. Updated: Monday, 20 September 2021 20:23.