Hey Seanny J: Is Green Bay the big cheese in the NFC? 

Hey Seanny J: Is Green Bay the big cheese in the NFC? 

In case you missed it, “Mr. Discount Double Check” threw for 429 yards and recorded just as many total touchdowns as incomplete passes with six. He threw five touchdowns to five different receivers and ran one into the end zone himself to boost Green Bay to a 6-1 record. Though this came at home against a middle-of-the-pack Raiders defense, it was finally a sign that A-Rod has still got it. 

Around the American Football: SMU, Cincinnati continue winning ways 

No. 21 Cincinnati added another win against conference rival Tulsa, moving to 6-1 on the season.  Photo from the Associated Press.

No. 21 Cincinnati added another win against conference rival Tulsa, moving to 6-1 on the season. Photo from the Associated Press.

After three full weeks of conference play, only two American Athletic Conference teams remain undefeated. Both SMU and Cincinnati picked up wins this weekend to move to 3-0 in AAC play. The wins propelled them up the AP rankings, where SMU now sits at No. 16 and Cincinnati is not far behind at No. 18. It seems like we are already set up for these two teams to meet in the AAC Championship in early December, but there is still a lot of football to be played. Teams like Temple, Memphis and Navy are trying to stay in the mix. 

No. 19 SMU: 45 Temple: 21 

No. 19 SMU continued its hot streak, beating the Temple Owls 45-21 this weekend with a career game from their quarterback.  Photo from the Associated Press.

No. 19 SMU continued its hot streak, beating the Temple Owls 45-21 this weekend with a career game from their quarterback. Photo from the Associated Press.

Temple could not contain Shane Buechele and the SMU offense. Not even a little bit. Buechele found wide open receivers downfield all game and finished with a career-high 457 passing yards and six touchdowns. 

Half of those touchdowns were caught by Reggie Roberson Jr., who also had a career day with eight catches for 250 yards. Xavier Jones was the Mustangs’ leading rusher with 105 yards on 29 carries. He also had a five-yard receiving touchdown. 

This was a complete performance for SMU with the offense putting up ridiculous numbers (over 650 total yards), and the defense holding a solid Temple team, who upset ranked Memphis just a week before, to under 300 total yards and 21 points. 

With the blowout win, the Mustangs moved to 7-0, which is their best start to a season since 1982. They will play Houston this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. 

No. 21 Cincinnati: 24 Tulsa: 13 

Cincinnati’s third conference win did not have as much flair as SMU’s, but the Bearcats still got the job done to move to 6-1 on the season.  

After leading rusher Michael Warren II left the game with an injury, Gerrid Doaks stepped into a bigger role. He did so with ease, scoring all three of Cincinnati’s touchdowns. 

Doaks rushed 17 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns, and he also caught a screen pass from Desmond Ridder and ran it 28 yards for the score. 

Tulsa’s offense actually outgained Cincinnati, but the Bearcats were able to force five turnovers. The Golden Hurricane’s quarterback Zach Smith had a rough day, throwing two interceptions and fumbling the ball three times. Tulsa fell to 2-5 with the loss and have yet to win a conference game. 

Next, the Bearcats have their bye week and will resume AAC play against East Carolina on Nov. 2. 

Memphis also moved to 6-1 on the season after racking up a huge 47-17 victory over Tulane.  Photo from the Associated Press.

Memphis also moved to 6-1 on the season after racking up a huge 47-17 victory over Tulane. Photo from the Associated Press.

Memphis: 47 Tulane: 17 

If not for Buechele’s insane performance this week, we would be talking about Brady White as the star of the week in the conference. The Memphis quarterback threw for 358 yards and five touchdowns in the rout of Tulane, his best game of the season. 

Still, White didn’t even have the most impressive stat line for Memphis. That belonged to Kenneth Gainwell, the redshirt freshman running back. He finished with three touchdowns and 307 yards of total offense. Gainwell rushed 18 times for 104 yards and a touchdown while also catching nine passes for 203 yards and two more scores.  

With his ridiculous game, Gainwell became the first FBS player since Troy Edwards in 1997 to have 200 receiving yards and 100 rushing yards in a game. It was a truly historical performance. 

There was not much history on Tulane’s side of the ball, as Justin McMillan threw three interceptions and led the team to its lowest point total since Week 2 at Auburn. The Green Wave was completely outmatched. 

Memphis came back with a vengeance after being upset by Temple and getting knocked out of the Top 25 as a result. On Saturday, the Tigers will try to make their case for being ranked again against Tulsa. 


Danny Barletta is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at daniel.barletta@uconn.edu. He tweets @dbars_12.

DB’s Weekly Take: The history of the series-clinching home run 

DB’s Weekly Take: The history of the series-clinching home run 

There are few things more exciting in baseball than a walk-off home run. The celebration of the players crowding around home plate waiting for the hero to cross, the loud cheers of the home crowd resonating all over the stadium. Nothing beats it… unless it happens in the postseason. 

Women’s Soccer: Huskies grab important point against No. 21 UCF

Women’s Soccer: Huskies grab important point against No. 21 UCF

There was one thing on the UConn women’s soccer team’s mind this weekend: Leave Florida with a point. They were able to do just that by forcing UCF to a draw Sunday. UConn (6-8-2, 2-5-1 The American) had two hours in the car and a stop at forward Regan Schiappa’s house to think about their 2-1 loss to USF Thursday. The result: a 0-0 tie with UCF (8-2-4, 3-1-2 The American).  

Cross Country: Progressive showing at Princeton

Cross Country: Progressive showing at Princeton

The UConn men’s and women’s cross country teams displayed remarkable performances, obtaining stellar results at the Princeton Invitational over the weekend.

Men’s Soccer: Huskies drop another close one to No. 11 UCF

Men’s Soccer: Huskies drop another close one to No. 11 UCF

The UConn men’s soccer team hosted the UCF Knights this weekend but after another close matchup that went to OT, headed home with a 2-1 loss. This is the sixth straight loss the Huskies have suffered by just one goal on the season and third straight they have lost in overtime. 

 Volleyball: Huskies and their conference record go south 

 Volleyball: Huskies and their conference record go south 

This weekend, the UConn women’s volleyball team took two more losses on the road at Memphis and SMU. While the Friday match in Memphis went to five sets, SMU swept the Sunday match. Coming off of three 0-3 losses at home against Tulane, Cincinnati and ECU, the Huskies have now lost the past five games in a row, giving them a record of 2-6 in the American Athletic Conference at the halfway point of the regular conference season.