Monday’s Myrtle Beach Bowl loss at the hands of Marshall didn’t live up to the expectations of UConn fans, players, and coaches alike. Although the game failed to become the perfect ending to the Huskies’ Cinderella story, UConn’s season flipped the script on a previously dormant football program which was looked down upon across the college football landscape.
Casual watchers of the game probably took to Twitter to blast the Huskies for their sloppy performance, displaying their ignorance towards what this season meant for this football program. The aforementioned ‘casual watchers’ probably only heard about UConn football this year from their 59-0 loss at the hands of Michigan.
The Huskies could’ve lost 59-0 again yesterday and it wouldn’t have mattered. What Jim Mora did this season in Storrs was nothing short of spectacular, and it doesn’t stop here.
Don’t believe me? Just take a look at Mora’s turnaround in Connecticut:
-Mora took the Huskies to a bowl game for the first time in seven years
-Mora’s 6 wins in his first year as head coach is the most by any first year UConn head coach in the FBS era
-UConn’s 5-1 home record was their best since 2010
-50.4% attendance increase from last year
-UConn had more wins in their first season under Mora than 2018-2021 combined
-The team went from 1-11 to 6-7 in just one year
Those who followed UConn’s season closely know that the Huskies’ performance in Myrtle Beach didn’t define their season. This was a season defined by battling through adversity. A season defined by exceeding everyone’s expectations. A season defined by restoring optimism and hope to a program that was as good as dead.
It’s a Huskie revolution in Connecticut, and with Mora at the helm, this is just the beginning.