4. SLOW THE ROLL ON TURNOVERS

UConn has been intercepted five times and has fumbled twice, once inside the UMass 5, and after a nice gain following a catch against N.C. State. Quarterback Chandler Whitmer is still looking for his first touchdown pass at the Division I-A level. The Huskies are tied for 115th for most turnovers lost. Only two teams are lower, but they happen to be UConn's next two opponents. Maryland and Western Michigan have both turned it over eight times in two games. If the Huskies can keep Maryland in trouble here, they could help themselves in terms of momentum on the offensive side. Coach Paul Pasqualoni announced Thursday that run-stopper Shamar Stephen will be ready, so that could make things much tougher for the Terps. The Huskies have to be opportunistic against Maryland freshman quarterback Perry Hills, who bounced back against Temple last week following a three-interception game in Week 1 against William & Mary.

( BRAD HORRIGAN | borrigan@courant.com / September 14, 2012 )

UConn has been intercepted five times and has fumbled twice, once inside the UMass 5, and after a nice gain following a catch against N.C. State. Quarterback Chandler Whitmer is still looking for his first touchdown pass at the Division I-A level. The Huskies are tied for 115th for most turnovers lost. Only two teams are lower, but they happen to be UConn's next two opponents. Maryland and Western Michigan have both turned it over eight times in two games. If the Huskies can keep Maryland in trouble here, they could help themselves in terms of momentum on the offensive side. Coach Paul Pasqualoni announced Thursday that run-stopper Shamar Stephen will be ready, so that could make things much tougher for the Terps. The Huskies have to be opportunistic against Maryland freshman quarterback Perry Hills, who bounced back against Temple last week following a three-interception game in Week 1 against William & Mary.

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