UConn Runs Over the Cavaliers

EAST HARTFORD – UConn's Donald Brown's nickname is Hollywood Brown, but if he keeps this up, they may have to switch it to Hesiman Brown.

Brown continued his dominating start of the season with another 200 yard effort rushing 20 times for 206 yards and three touchdowns as UConn routed Virginia 45-10 before 40,000 at Rentschler Field on Saturday night.

The Huskies (3-0) scored on each of their first four possessions dominating the first half. UConn scored on drives of 70, 77, 86 and 75 yards in the first half piling up 307 yards to Virginia's 90.

UConn led 28-0 at the half.

"We had a good week of practice prepared well, and came out tonight focused," UConn coach Randy Edsall said. "Offensively, that is probably the best first half that we have played since I have been here. We were hitting on all cylinders and everyone was contributing."

It started early for the Huskies.

The Huskies went 70 yards on 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead on a Donald Brown 3-yard run. Early in the second quarter, Tyler Lorenzen completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to fullback Anthony Davis to complete a 13 play 77-yard drive.

The Huskies weren't done.

Darius Butler, seeing his first extended action on offense, took an end around handoff from Lorenzen and made a couple of tacklers miss going in for his first career score on offense for a 21-0 lead completing a 5-play 86 yard drive.

Brown capped the first half with an 8-yard touchdown run and a 28-0 lead.

The Huskies' final possession was at the end of the half. Lorenzen got the snap and took the knee. The Cavaliers finally stopped the Huskies.

The Huskies had played a near-prefect first half and were well on their way to avenging last year's 17-16 loss.

"They stuffed our butts down there last year," Edsall said. "That is what I challenged (the team) with this week."

The Huskies poured it on in the second half. Brown had a 63-yard touchdown run to make it 35-3 before he called it a night. Brown's three touchdowns give him eight on the year to go along with 566 yards rushing. Brown, was recruited by Virginia out of Red Bank Catholic, N.J.

"Our offensive line been clicking and that makes my job easier," Brown said. "On the long touchdown you could have driven a truck through the hole."

Todman added his first career touchdown to make it 42-3 while Tony Ciaravino added a field goal for a 45-3 game. The Huskies defense allowed a late touchdown, its first of the season.

The Huskies have to be encouraged on several grounds. Brown has had as dominating a start as any running back in college football, but Lorenzen's performance was much needed. After a lackluster opening to the season, Lorenzen was 13-of-15 for 124 yards and a touchdown. Lorenzen showed an ability to make positive plays while scrambling and made quick decisions with no mistakes.

"He was having fun tonight," Edsall said. "He was so at ease with himself. I thought he played a solid game, very very decisive tonight."

In addition to Lorenzen and Brown, Butler's emergence adds another threat. Butler returned a pair of kicks, and in addition to his rushing touchdown had two catches, including a beautiful 29-yard grab.

"I think I can bring an element that defenses have to prepare for during the week and that is always harder," Butler said. "I think I bring explosiveness and I think I can make some big plays."

Todman's emergence was also impressive. The lighting quick running back had 81yards in his debut and showcased tremendous speed. The Huskies as a team piled up 382 yards rushing and 506 total with 25 first downs.

The Huskies defense was just as crisp. The Cavaliers netted only 31 rushing yards and went for 2.2 per rush.

"It we prepare the right way during the week, play with intensity, focus and physicality my expectations is we can do these things," Edsall said.

The Huskies finally looked like a team that shared the Big East title last year. UConn knows what it can do. The question now for Friday's game against Baylor, can UConn do it again?

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