UConn’s Bob Diaco defends play call at end of loss to Navy

Last weekend, the UConn football team fell just short against Navy, losing the game 28-24. Bob Diaco’s Huskies were stuffed at the goal line in the final seconds of the game and were forced to watch the final seconds trickle away without any timeouts.

There were 17 seconds left on the clock when Diaco called a run up the middle from the one-yard line.

While the play call failed, if he had the opportunity to make that call again, it looks like he would dial up the same play as he defended the call when speaking to reporters this week.

”The offensive team wanted to run the ball, wanted to run the ball in,” he said, via the Associated Press. ”I think if the players believe they can execute a play, isn’t that better than believing they can’t execute a play?”

The loss dropped UConn to 1-1 on the season.

Suffering a loss in the final seconds could be a tough pill for a lot of program’s to swallow, but Diaco is confident his team will be able to rebound.

‘We’ve always been able to take the strain and the fire and the pain and the adversity and use it as a strengthening partner,” he said.

”I would think that everyone in our organization would be more mentally strong and more excited for the work than they would have otherwise been without that moment.”

The Huskies return to action this weekend when they host the Virginia Cavaliers at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPN3.

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