UConn Drops Big East Opener at BC, 27-7

In a battle of undefeated teams, the Boston College Eagles topped the Connecticut Huskies 27-7 in the Big East opener for both Friday night at Alumni Stadium in Massachusetts before a national TV audience.

Two UConn special team mistakes led to an early 10-0 edge for the favored Eagles. It was the first Big East Conference game ever for Connecticut and BC's first of their final league season before heading to the ACC next year.

Senior Dan Orlovsky was 22 for 32 for 194 yards with one interception. Sophomore Cornell Brockington led the ground attack, gaining 106 yards on 24 rushes while tallying the Huskies' only score.

Connecticut's balanced offense dominated play throughout the middle of the game but the Huskies were only able to put seven points on the board during that 20 minute stretch.

BC's Paul Peterson completed 14 of 23 for 193 yards and two TDs. He also was intercepted once. Andre Callender gained 97 yards on 26 carries.

UConn seemed a little keyed up early in the game, fumbling the opening kickoff after some miscommunication by the returners. This set up Peterson's 12-yard toss to Joel Hazard for a quick 7-0 lead with just 35 seconds gone in the game. Then following a return interference call, Ryan Ohliger kicked a 42-yard field goal for a 10-0 second quarter lead.

Peterson then directed a drive that Callender capped with a one-yard plunge for the 17-0 edge and 4:40 left to play in the first half.

Following the ensuing kickoff, UConn's 79 yard balanced attack resulted in their first Big East score when Brockington scurried around left end for a seven-yard touchdown with just one minute left before the break.

Near the end of the third quarter, UConn got a big break when a short punt was fumbled by BC junior Will Blackmon who had raced 15 yards attempting to make a fair catch only to have the ball bounce off his helmet. The miscue was recovered by senior Justin Perkins at the mid-field mark.

Unlike last week, this was not the beginning of a Connecticut comeback. On third and four at the Eagles 33, Orlovsky's pass was tipped by defensive tackle Al Washington and intercepted by defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka. One first down, a UConn late hit penalty and Peterson's 34 yard second down TD pass to wideout Grant Adams put the Eagles up 24-7 with 12:20 in the game.

Peterson, a junior college transfer from Snow College, later chewed up a lot of time leading BC's offense setting up Ohliger's second field goal, this time a 37-yarder, that extended the Eagles lead to 27-7 with just over five minutes left to play.

UConn (2-1) hosts Army next Saturday, September 25 at noon. The game will be televised by WTXX and ESPN Plus. BC (3-0) heads to Wake Forest for another noon contest that same day.


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