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UConn beats Rutgers 28-17 for second win of season
CONNECTICUT 28, RUTGERS 17
By PAT EATON-ROBB
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Casey Cochran threw for 311 yards
and two touchdowns and Connecticut beat Rutgers 28-17 on
Saturday, in the final conference meeting between the two
Max DeLorenzo rushed for two scores for the Huskies (2-9, 2-5
American), who won for the second straight week after losing
their first nine games this season.
DeLorenzo's second touchdown run, from a yard out, put the
Huskies in front 21-17 in the fourth quarter. Cochran then led
UConn on a 12-play, 56-yard drive on their next possession,
sealing the win with a 3-yard touchdown pass to freshman Brian
Senior Chas Dodd, making his first start of the season for
Rutgers (5-6, 2-5) threw for 286 yards and a touchdown. But he
also threw two interceptions to UConn cornerback Taylor Mack,
including one on the Husky 19-yard line with just 2 minutes
Connecticut led 14-10 at the half, its first halftime lead since
it led Michigan in September - a game the Huskies lost 24-21.
But Dodd, who got the start over team captain Gary Nova, helped
put Rutgers back in front in the third quarter. He found Quron
Pratt down the left sideline for an 84-yard completion, the
longest play of the season for the Scarlet Knights. That set up
a 3-yard touchdown run from Justin Goodwin.
Pratt beat third-string cornerback Tyree Clark, who was playing
because of injuries to David Stevenson and Jhavon Williams.
But Connecticut got a big play on its next possession. A screen
pass from Cochran to Deshon Foxx went for 41 yards, setting up
DeLorenzo's touchdown run. Foxx caught nine balls for 117
Connecticut had not won a home game in more than a year, since
beating Pitt on Nov. 9, 2012.
Rutgers scored first. The Scarlet Knights took the opening
drive to the UConn 10 yard line then faked a 27-yard field goal.
Holder J.T Tartacoff threw the ball into the back of the end
zone where tight end Tyler Croft wrestled it from UConn
defensive back Obi Melifonwu for a touchdown.
UConn responded with an eight-play, 79-yard drive. Cochran hit
five of six passes, including an 18-yard throw over the middle
to freshman receiver Dhameer Bradley, the first touchdown catch
of Bradley's college career.
Rutgers Quron Pratt was stripped of the ball on the kickoff
return, Rutgers' 17th turnover of the season. UConn scored five
plays later on a 12-yard run by Max DeLorenzo.
Cochran, who was 25-33 for the game, had just one incomplete
pass in the first quarter, hitting five different receivers.
Rutgers appeared to have tied the game on a 26-yard touchdown
pass to Ruhann Peele, but that was called back by a hands to the
face penalty on Chris Muller.
The Scarlet Knights had the ball for more than 6 minutes on a
16-play drive that ended with a 34-yard field goal just before
Rutgers started the season 4-1, but is just 1-5 since, and must
win its final game of the year against South Florida next week
to become bowl eligible in their final season before heading to
the Big Ten.
Because of conference realignment, this was the last scheduled
game between the two programs, which have played 33 times since
1940. The Scarlet Knights, had won six of the last eight, and
still hold a 22-11 advantage.
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