They were better against Maryland in Week 2 than they were against Towson in Week 1, and they were better against Michigan in Week 3 than they were against Maryland.
Still, UConn is 0-3. Yet, as the players analyzed the latest setback on video, they came away feeling as if they are not far from a win.
"I think [the players] see on the film that these games are only decided by a few plays," Pasqualoni said on the weekly American Athletic Conference coaches' teleconference. "And we're really seeing that here. We're 0-3, but I think the one thing we've learned is that the margin for error is not very great."
UConn led Michigan 21-7 Saturday night, but the Wolverines escaped Rentschler Field with a 24-21 victory. This week, the Huskies travel to Buffalo to face the Bulls (1-2), who are coming off a bye week after defeating Stony Brook.
"We've gotten better each week," Pasqualoni said. "We need to get better this week and we need to eliminate just a couple of plays, a couple of bad decisions, a couple of missed assignments, a missed tackled here and there. … We're going to just go out there and focus on Buffalo."
Pasqualoni was asked Monday to reflect on the atmosphere at Rentschler during the Michigan visit. Pasqualoni coached at Syracuse before coaching in the NFL, so he has been at large stadiums all over the country.
"The atmosphere at the Rent was … at least as good an atmosphere if not better than I have ever been around at any level of football anywhere," Pasqualoni said. "It was unbelievable." ... Pasqualoniis optimistic about the physical status of injured players Kevin Friend (ankle), Graham Stewart (ankle), Shakim Phillips (hamstring) and Taylor Mack (shoulder). They all are set to practice Tuesday — the Huskies were off Monday — and Pasqualoni said none has had a setback. … UConn linebacker Yawin Smallwood was named to The American's weekly honor roll after compiling 13 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble against Michigan. Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova (22 of 343, 346 yards, three touchdowns) was named offensive player of the week while Memphis defensive end Martin Ifedi (10 tackles, 2.5 sacks in a 31-7 win over Arkansas State) won the defensive award. The special teams player of the week is Rutgers kick returner Janarion Grant (four punt returns, 106 yards, including 58-yard punt return for touchdown).
Cincinnati Player Killed
Cincinnati freshman offensive lineman Ben Flick was killed in a one-car accident Saturday night, just hours after the Bearcats' 14-0 victory over Miami of Ohio. Cincinnati freshman receiver Mark Barr and Miami freshman Sean Van Dyne are in critical condition from the crash. Flick and Van Dyne, who was driving, were high school classmates in Hamilton, Ohio. Another Cincinnati freshman receiver, Javon Harrison, is listed in fair condition. … The best American Athletic Conference game this week pits Central Florida (3-0) against No. 12 South Carolina (2-1) Saturday. The noon game in Orlando will be televised by ABC, marking Central Florida's first appearance on national network TV. It's also a sellout, UCF's first since Boston College visited Sept. 10, 2011. ... Rutgers (3-1) will be without running back Paul James (573 yards) for the next two games after the junior injured his lower leg in a 28-24 win over Arkansas. The Scarlet Knights are off this week, but James will miss games against SMU and Louisville. Junior Savon Huggins will replace James, who is the second-leading rusher in the country behind Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon (624 yards).