Sunday, October 26, 2008

Connecticut 40, Cincinnati 16


The Connecticut defense led the way this Saturday in their 40-16 win over Cincinnati. The Huskies’ defense held the ‘Cats in check all game by stopping them on third downs (0-for-17) and forcing six turnovers—three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Connecticut defensive end Cody Brown was disruptive, recording a sack and a forced fumble. Linebacker Scott Lutrus led all tacklers with nine, while Robert McClain recorded two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the final nail in the coffin. Cincinnati wide receiver Mardy Gilyard was the lone bright spot for the ‘Cats catching seven balls for 87 yards and a touchdown.

The Huskies broke out for 30 points in the second half led by running back Donald Brown. His 53-yard run late in the fourth quarter put him in the school’s record books as the single season leading rusher in Connecticut history and his 1,324 yards are second in the nation. Brown’s 153 yards makes it eight straight games with over 100 yards and has become a strong candidate for Big East Offensive Player of the Year. Quarterback Cody Endres, who is playing for injured Tyler Lorenzen, completed only 42 percent of his passes, but did not make any mistakes (zero interceptions). Kicker David Teggart was perfect on the day nailing four field goal attempts.

Photo Credit: UConn Athletic Communications