Brown, Defense Bury Buffalo

TORONTO – UConn's Donald Brown is headed to the NFL. After Saturday's performance in the International Bowl against Buffalo there is no arguing he is ready. Brown rushed for career-high 261 yards and the Huskies overcame five first half turnovers with a stout defense and a dominating rushing game to win the International Bowl 38-20.

Brown went over the 2,000 mark this season with the fourth highest rushing total in school history. He had a touchdown run of 55 yards and added a 75 yard run later in the first half.
 
He finished the season with 2,083 yards, the best in the nation, and left the 40,000 fans at Rogers Centre breathless with his performance.
 
As he hoisted up the MVP Trophy the crowd started to chant one more year. But, it is not to be for Brown, who was playing at a different level on Saturday. He is going to be doing his thing on Sunday s from now on.
 
"I am not coming back," Brown said at the postgame press conference. "I am going to pursue the NFL.
 
"Going into this season I worked my tail off and made a point to put myself in the position to have the option to stay or leave. As it grew closer, I kept sleeping on it for nights and nights. I felt in my heart, it is for me."
 
UConn coach Randy Edsall's eyes welled up when he spoke of Brown.
 
"It's a darn shame that he didn't get more recognition for what he did," Edsall said. "Rushing for over 2,000 yards is incredible.
 
"We have a stallion and we rode him all day long. He is a triple crown winner."
 
The Huskies needed every bit of the yardage as a nearly disastrous performance on special teams almost cancelled out a historic day running the ball and a stellar performance on a defense that has two and maybe more NFL players on it.
 
The Bulls 20 points were all set up on turnovers and their scoring drives were a combined 24 yards. Five fumbles, three of them coming on special teams, nearly ruined the game for the Huskies.
 
UConn took a 10-3 lead on a 55-yard touchdown run by Brown and a Dave Teggart field goal before the wheels came off the bus on special team.
 
UConn punt returner Jasper Howard made a poor play on a punt trying to catch the ball with his back to the coverage team. He couldn't make the basket catch and it went off him into the endzone. Howard tried to grab the ball but Buffalo's Ray Anthony pounced on it for a touchdown. On the next drive, Lorenzen fumbled the ball while sacked leading to a 29 yard field goal by Principie. On the ensuing kickoff, Robbie Frey muffed the ball into the endzone and tried to come out of the endzone. If Frey, and Howard for that matter, took a knee it would have been a touchback. Instead, Frey took it out of the endzone and then fumbled on the 4-yard line with Buffalo recovering
 
Buffalo's James Starks went in for a 4-yard touchdown to give Buffalo a 20-10. On the next Huskies' drive, Brown fu mbled at the UConn 40. This time, the Huskies defense held with Cody Brown sacking Buffalo quarterback Drew Willy to restore order.
 
Donald Brown then broke for a 75 yard run that pushed him over the 2000 yard mark. Lorenzen then had a 12-yard run for a touchdown to cut the lead to 20-17.
 
IN the second half, it was all Huskies. Tyler Lorenzen didn't complete his first pass until late in the third quarter, but his 4-yard touchdown pass to Steve Brouse gave the Huskies the lead for good at 24-20.
 
Lorenzen then added his second touchdown run of the day in the fourth quarter to give UConn a 31-20 lead. Lorenzen was only 4-of-6 for 49 yards and tow touchdown runs. It was by design as the power running game with an excellent offensive line destroyed the Bulls' defense.
 
"I am happy for the way it ended with Tyler," Edsall said. "We really didn't have to throw it all that much."
 
The Huskies iced the game in the final minute when Dahna Deleston returned a tipped pass 100 yards for a touchdown. Just like that, it was celebration time.
 
Not only for the International Bowl victory, but also for a running back with the number 34 on his jersey who had one final virtuoso performance.  
 
 
 
 


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