Huskies drop Scarlet Knights

A season that has become more characteristic of key mistakes rather than the pinpoint execution that the 2006 season became famous for continued on Saturday evening as Rutgers lost at Connecticut, 38-19.

Connecticut ran for a whopping 257 yards on the ground behind the power running of Donald Brown II. Brown rushed for 155 yards and 1 TD and did the majority of his damage during the third and fourth quarters, as UConn scored the last 13 points of the game to win 38-19.

Rutgers' defensive achilles heel continues to be their rush defense. After Andre Dixon rushed the ball 3 times for a net of -1 yards to open up the second half for the Huskies, UConn Head Coach Randy Edsall brought in a fresh Brown who, on his fourth carry of the game-deciding third quarter, took the ball to the house on a 33-yard rush. The play was a deciding moment in the game as Rutgers had brought in an extra defensive back and had put the blitz on. The 3rd and 13 attempt brought heat from the corners, but UConn's rush attempt up the middle took the ball right into the vacated open field and Brown scampered unscathed into the endzone. After Ciaravino's extra point, the Huskies put the game out of reach, grabbing a 32-19 lead that would remain unchallenged the rest of the way.

Tyler Lorenzen played effectively, throwing for 140 yards and a pair of scores while running for 67 yards and keeping the Scarlet Knight swarming defense at bay all evening. With the victory, UConn (8-1, 4-0) retains its spot atop the Big East standings and maintains a now ever-realistic dream of reaching a BCS game.

The Scarlet Knights have dropped their second in a row and fall to 5-4 on the season. Redshirt Jr. QB Mike Teel was effective at times, but as has been the case during several games this season, was let down by his talented yet underachieving WR corps. Tiquan Underwood recorded 11 receptions for 114 yards, but let a potential TD catch late in the first half slip through his fingers. Rutgers, instead, settled for a FG to close the initial half's scoring. The Scarlet Knights continued to leave points on the field, numerous times settling for three rather than hitting paydirt. Ray Rice's second quarter TD run was the Scarlet Knight's lone TD since a Teel to Underwood connection under the Thursday night bright lights versus South Florida two weeks ago.

Rice ran 21 times for 116 yards, but did most of his damage during the first half when Rice recorded 97 of those yards. Mike Teel put the ball in the air 52 times and connected 32 times, for 343 yards. Though Teel was let down by his WRs during key moments, he also missed significant opportunities, including a potential TD pass to his FB Jack Corcoran that sailed into the back of the endzone.

Rutgers will next be in action versus Army, on November 9th, at West Point. The game will be televised on ESPN2 with coverage beginning at 8 p.m.

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