TOWSON, Md. – On Monday afternoon, Coach Rob Ambrose began practice with a history lesson.
He told his players that the Tigers had not beaten an FBS opponent.
“In every one of those games, we were beaten by the ‘wow’ factor,” he said. “It was a shock for us because we were playing a team with 85 scholarship players. As a result, we fell behind early and we couldn’t catch up.
“Today we are starting preparations for UConn,” he said. “We are not going to be intimidated. We are not going to be shocked.”
The Tigers, who dropped a 41-21 decision at Kent State in last year’s opener, have also lost games to Navy, Northwestern, Indiana, Maryland and Louisana State since 2008. Ambrose has been the Tigers’ coach for all but one of those games.
“Today we started to get into a UConn mentality,” Coach Ambrose explained after practice. “We had a really good tempo and the effort was excellent. If we can continue that kind of focus, we will be OK.”
The Tigers, who visit Connecticut on August 29, are facing a UConn team which posted a 5-7 record last year. Coach Paul Pasqualoni is starting his third season as the coach of the Huskies. He replaced Randy Edsall as UConn’s coach when Edsall took the job at Maryland.
The Tigers return to practice on Tuesday afternoon.