Huskies Blank Maine

The University of Connecticut defense has become one of its most dangerous offensive weapons through two games. Maine found out just the same as Duke did in the season's first week.

Huskies linebacker Scott Lutrus stepped in front of Michael Brusko pass on the second play of the game and returned the interception 25 yards for a touchdown as the Huskies jumped to a 7-0 lead.  With the way the defense was playing, it could have ended there.


UConn held Maine to 152 yards of total offense as it rolled to a 38-0 win before over 35,000 fans in the home opener at Rentschler Field.


The Huskies put up their first shutout since a 59-0 drubbing of Liberty and improved to 2-0 on the young season. UConn plays Temple at home next Saturday.


The Huskies defense once again dominated action. UConn surrendered a touchdown on the season's opening drive against Duke and that has been it to date. The defense hasn't allowed a point in its last seven quarters and has scored 16 of its own. The UConn defense has outscored the opposition 16-7 so far this season.


"Except for a handful of plays, I think our guys did a very good job," Edsall said. "We were able to get good reads and react appropriately to what we were seeing which is good."


Key among them was Luturs, who also had an interception last week against Duke, and had two in the spring game that he returned for a touchdown. He stepped in front of the ball Saturday and got the Huskies defense rolling.


"We have been reading their defense and we knew that they were going to pass it," Lutrus said, "I saw the three step back and the break into the flat and I just made a read and I was there."


The Huskies offense was a little slower coming along. The offensive line for the second consecutive week was inconsistent and unable to sustain a running game. Maine hung around trailing only 10-0 after a Tony Ciaravino field goal late in the second half.


UConn quarterback Tyler Lorenzen got the Huskies going late in the half with a no huddle offense. Lorenzen directed an eight play 65 yard drive, capping the half with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Jeffers for a 17-0 halftime lead.


The Huskies rolled in the second half. Lorenzen found Jeffers on a 2-yard touchdown catch and he scrambled for a two yard touchdown run late in the third quarter for a 31-0 lead. That ended his night where he passed for 186 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Lou Allen added a 31-yard run in the fourth quarter.


Brad Kanuch led the receiving game with six catches for 76 yards while Donald Brown added 87 yards rushing.


The Huskies did receive a scare in the third quarter when Huskies linebacker Danny Lansanah went down with an ankle injury and had to be helped off the field. Edsall believed the hit laid by Maine offensive lineman was a cheap shot and low and wasn't pleased with it after the game.


"Yes, it was (a cheap shot)," Edsall said. "When someone get injured and it is not a legal football play that is upsetting."


Luckily for the Huskies, the indispensable middle linebacker was in good spirits after the game. Lansanah was waling around in the locker room and was fine enough to come out and felt well enough to talk to the media.


"I feel pretty good," Lansanah said. "The x-rays came back negative and I should be ready for next week." 


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