UConn Sails To 52-14 Win Over MSU

Saturday's opener for the Connecticut Huskies football team proved to be great way to sharpen their skills for the 2004 season as UConn crusied past Division I-AA Murray State in the second half for a 52-14 victory before a crowd of 35,129 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.

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    Quaterback Dan Orlovsky, who is on four national award watch lists, tied his career-high with 382 yards passing and five touchdowns as UConn extended its winning streak to six games with the win over the Ohio Valley Conference team. Orlovsky came on to complete four TD passes in the third quarter to break a 14-14 halftime tie.

    Sophomore tailback Matt Lawrence, who twice scored on passes from Orlovsky, rushed for a game-high 76 yards on 18 carries (4.2 ypc). With today's performance, the starting tailback slot, open when Terry Caulley decided to redshirt this season, is now Lawrence's to lose.

    Junior wide receiver Jason Williams caught four throws for 129 yards and two TDs.

    Orlovsky, who was 19-of-29 with two interceptions, was his usual down-to-earth self as demonstrated by these two post-game comments:

      "The first half ­ I played like an idiot."

      "The first interception was my fault. The second one I go hit on."

    Murray State's attack sufferd a tough blow when their junior quarterback, juco transfer Adam Fisher, was hit with a knee injury after completing five of eight throws for 78 yards. Fisher was unable to take a snap in the second half.

    UConn put together an offense of 530 yards and held Murray State to 167 yards. Murray State saw their record evened to 1-1. The 1-0 Huskies host Duke next Saturday, September 11, 2004, at 12:00 noon at Rentschler Field. Duke (0-1) was defeated 27-12 by Navy Saturday night.

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