UConn fakes game-tying field goal attempt against Mizzou, throws INT (Video) (Dr. Saturday)


UConn did not want to go to overtime against Missouri. And instead of trying a game-tying field goal attempt with less than a minute left, the Huskies decided to go for the fake field goal. It failed spectacularly and Mizzou held on for a 9-6 win. The Huskies lined up for a 42-yard field goal on 4th and 4. Backup quarterback Tim Boyle was the holder and he faked a handoff to kicker Bobby Puyol. He then launched a pass down the field. This is what happened. While the field goal attempt was centered it was between the preferred ranges of UConn's two kickers. Puyol's season-long field goal was 39 yards and kicker Michael Tarbutt had missed a 49-yard field goal attempt earlier in the game. The no-man's zone might have played into UConn coach Bob Diaco's thinking, along with a blocked PAT earlier in the game. But Missouri was ready for the fake – and just like Auburn in Week 2 – survived a huge upset scare at home. Diaco, why not kick FG to tie: “I didn’t feel great about" UConn's kicker "lining up with the protection, which has been less than awesome." — Blake Toppmeyer (@btoppmeyer) September 19, 2015 UConn got the ball with 4:33 left after Missouri went for it on 4th-and-6 inside UConn territory. The pass by quarterback Drew Lock to the end zone fell incomplete and the Huskies had the opportunity to tie or potentially win the game. Missouri likely made the decision to go for it on fourth down because of the excellence of its defense. Or, if you'd prefer, the porous UConn offense. Before the final drive the Huskies had converted two third downs all game. But if UConn's offense was porous, Missouri's deserves a worse adjective. The Huskies were one of the worst offensive teams in FBS in 2014. Missouri's offense, which was maddening at times for Tiger fans in 2014, looks to have taken a step back. Part of that is the injuries to Mizzou running backs. Russell Hansbrough, the team's leading rusher in 2014, missed Saturday's game and other Missouri backs are also dealing with injuries. Four got carries against UConn and Ish Witter was the team's leading rusher with 17 carries for 54 yards. Quarterback play has also been a serious issue as well. While Auburn's Jeremy Johnson has gotten a lot of attention for throwing five interceptions in two games, Mizzou's Maty Mauk now has four interceptions and has thrown one in each of the three games. While Tiger fans want freshman Lock to become the full-time quarterback, it's clear that the Missouri playbook is slimmed down while Lock is in the game. The offensive struggles will need to be fixed – and fixed quickly – for Missouri to win a third-straight SEC East title. The defense looks to be one of the best in the conference yet again, but it can't continue to carry a hobbling offense for much longer, especially as SEC play begins in Week 4 against the Tigers vs. Kentucky. For more UConn news, visit UConnReport.com. For more Missouri news, visit PowerMizzou.com. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg


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