The Huskies became bowl eligible in their first season as Big East members thanks to a 29-0 victory over Buffalo at home on Saturday. Connecticut (6-4) will close the regular season at Rutgers (4-6) on Thursday.
The Huskies were bowl-eligible last season, but didn't receive an invitation. With four bowl tie-ins guaranteed to Big East teams -- and a host of other games looking for at-large participants -- Connecticut is likely headed toward the postseason.
"To be able to ensure a winning season, to be bowl-eligible for the second time in two years and to ensure a .500 season or better for the first time in three years as a Division I school is a hell of an accomplishment for this senior class and this program," Huskies coach Randy Edsall said.
Connecticut opened up a 22-0 third-quarter advantage and registered its first shutout of the season. Buffalo managed just 96 yards in defeat.
GAME BALL GOES TO
QB Dan Orlovsky -- The senior completed 28 of 38 pass attempts for 283 yards and a touchdown in his final home game. Orlovsky found nine different receivers and went over the 10,000-yard mark in career passing yardage.
KEEP AN EYE ON
CB Justin Perkins -- The senior managed his 11th career interception against Connecticut, which moved him into sixth place on the Huskies' all-time list.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I want to thank the fans for the job they've done here over the past four years. They've helped us and helped establish the relationship we've built with them. It was my last time here and it was nice to go out in that kind of style of win." -- Connecticut's Orlovsky, on playing his last game at Rentschler Field.
Connecticut's secondary allowed Buffalo to complete just 4 of 21 pass attempts for 35 yards in a 29-0 victory on Saturday. The Huskies' pass defense is ranked first in the Big East (171.1 ypg.).
STILL NEEDS SOME WORK
The Huskies converted just 4 of 16 third-down opportunities against Buffalo. Connecticut has converted 50 of 146 attempts on the season (34 percent).
DE Tyler King (broken leg) is sidelined indefinitely.