- Junior tailback Donald Brown
(Atlantic Highlands, N.J.) rushed for over 200 yards for the second consecutive week and senior quarterback Tyler Lorenzen
(Fremont, Iowa) had a terrific game running the Connecticut offense as the Huskies manhandled Virginia, 45-10, in a non-conference football game played Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 40,000 at Rentschler Field.
The Huskies, who won for the ninth straight time at home, are now 3-0 on the season, while the Cavaliers drop to 1-2.
While Lorenzen (13 completions in 15 attempts for 124 yards and his first passing touchdown of the campaign) had a stellar game, the star of the evening was Brown. He accumulated 206 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns, all while playing less than three quarters of the contest. He has now rushed for 581 yards on 79 carries this season (a 7.2 average), and he has scored eight touchdowns in Connecticut’s first three games.
Lorenzen, who had struggled in the first two games of the season, was a perfect 11-for-11 in the first half in directing the Huskies to scoring drives on their first four possessions of the game. The Huskies took the opening drive and marched 70 yards on 11 plays, with Brown bulling over from the three for the score to put Connecticut ahead, 7-0.
The Connecticut defense, which extended its streak of not allowing a touchdown this season to over 11 quarters and an overtime period before giving up a late Virginia score, immediately stopped the Cavaliers and the Huskies had the ball back. Again Lorenzen led the Huskies down the field, with big completions to Darius Butler (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Steve Brouse (Selinsgrove, Pa.) before Lorenzen hit Anthony Davis (Germantown, Md.) with a three-yard touchdown toss to put UConn up 14-0 early in the second stanza.
After a Virginia three-and-out, Brown had his first of two 63-yard runs to put the Huskies deep in Virginia territory. Four plays later, Butler scored the first offensive touchdown (he is the team's starting defensive cornerback) of his career on a 13-yard run and the Huskies led 21-0.
Virginia followed with their best penetration to that point in the game behind quarterback Marc Verica (22 of 30, one interception, 158 yards passing). But the vaunted Connecticut defense held on a fourth-and-one and the Huskies took possession on downs. The Huskies marched down the field, 75 yards in eight plays capped off by Brown’s second score of the game, an eight-yard run.
The second half was more of the same as Brown burst through a hole and rambled 63 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter. After linebacker Lawrence Wilson (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) intercepted Verica, freshman Jordan Todman (North Dartmouth, Mass.), seeing the first playing time of his career after missing the first two games of the campaign with injury, led the Huskies down the field and scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 14-yard run. Todman finished with 81 yards on 13 carries.
The Huskies thoroughly dominated both sides of the ball, out-gaining the Cavaliers 506-219. Dahna Deleston (East Hartford, Conn.) and Scott Lutrus (Brookfield, Conn.) each had six tackles for the Huskies, who allowed just 15 yards rushing on 14 attempts.
The Huskies will return to the gridiron on Friday, September 19, when they play host to Baylor at Rentschler Field. Tickets are available by clicking the link at the top of this page.
Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m., and the contest will be televised-nationally by ESPN2.
- UConn did not allow a touchdown in the first quarter for the fourth consecutive game.
- UConn posted a touchdown on its opening drive of the game for the first time this season.
- Tyler Lorenzen’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Sherman marked Lorenzen’s first of the season.
- Tyler Lorenzen was a perfect 11-fo-11 in the air for 122 yards and one touchdown during the first half.
- Anthony Davis’ 3-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter marked his first of the season and the second of his career.
- Donald Brown’s rushed for 206 yards marked his third consecutive game with 100-yards rushing and the ninth of his career.
- Darius Butler’s 14-yard touchdown rush marked the first rush and first offensive touchdown of his career.
- Darius Butler’s 11-yard catch in first quarter marked the first reception of his career.
- Donald Brown has now scored multiple touchdowns in six games over his 27-game career.
- Donald Brown’s 23 career touchdowns rank in a tie for seventh place on the UConn career rushing TD list – tied with Vinny Clements (1968-70).
- Donald Brown’s career rushing total of 2,283 marks the fifth highest career rushing total in UConn history – 44 yards (2,327) shy of Vinny Clements (1968-70) for fourth place overall.
- UConn’s 28 first-half points mark the most it has scored in the opening half since scoring 31 against Rhode Island in the first half on Aug. 31, 2006.
- UConn’s 28 first-half points also marked the most the Huskies scored in the opening half against a Division I-A opponent since totaling 31 points in the opening half against Temple on Oct. 23, 2004.
- Donald Brown’s eight rushing touchdowns over the first three games of 2008 mark the highest total by a UConn player over the first three games of a season since the program moved to Division I-A in 2002.
- UConn did not punt until the 6:28 mark of the third quarter after scoring on each of its first four offensive possessions of the game (not including UConn’s 1-play possession at the end of the first half).
- Donald Brown’s 206 yards marked his third career 200-yard rushing effort and his second of the season.
- True freshman tailback Jordan Todman’s 14-yard rushing TD in the third quarter marked the first of his collegiate career.
- UConn’s 35-point margin of victory marks its largest against an opponent from a BCS Conference since it moved to Division I-A in 2002.
- Jordan Todman’s 48-yard rush in the fourth quarter marked the longest of his career.
- UConn did not commit its first penalty until the 10:56 mark of the fourth quarter.
- Virginia’s touchdown at the 10:24 mark of the fourth quarter marked the first touchdown the UConn defense has allowed in 2008 - a span of 11 quarters.
- Donald Brown’s five receptions marked the highest single-game total of his career.
- C.J. Marck’s fourth quarter interception marked the first of his career.
- UConn’s 506 yards of total offense marked its highest output against a Division I-A opponent since registering 566 at Syracuse on Oct. 30, 2004.
- UConn’s 506 yards of total offense also represented its highest overall output since totaling 567 yards vs. Rhode Island on August 31, 2006.
- UConn has won its last nine games at Rentschler Field.
- UConn has won its last five night games at Rentschler Field and boasts an all-time mark of 9-3 “under the lights" at Rentschler.
- UConn has won seven of its last eight non-conference games overall.
- UConn has now won its last seven games played in the month of September.
- UConn improves to 4-8 all-time against opponents against the Atlantic Coast Conference.
- UConn opens the season 3-0 for the second straight year following tonight’s win over Virginia.
Post Game Quotes
University of Connecticut
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“This was a great win for us and the kids played very, very well. We had a good week of practice, prepared well, and came out here tonight very focused. Offensively that is probably as good of a first half that we played since I’ve been here. We were hitting on all cylinders and everybody was contributing. Defensively we played well so it was a total team effort. I am very proud of our guys.”
Can you talk about Tyler Lorenzen’s game tonight, it looked like this was the type of game you have been waiting for all season?
“I thought he was having fun tonight. I thought he was very focused and not that he wasn’t focused the first two weeks, but I felt he was so at ease with himself out there and played a very solid game. If he didn’t have it, he didn’t hesitate, he took it and he ran, he was very decisive tonight. That’s what we want him to continue to do is be very decisive.”
Did you see anything when preparing for Virginia this week that caused you to use Darius Butler on offense tonight?
“We wanted to, you guys have seen it at practice and preseason, we’ve worked him and I made the decision to use him on third down and in the redzone. That is what we will continue to do. I asked him at halftime how he felt and he said he felt good and he needs to be honest with me and honest with himself because if he is going to get some plays on offense I don’t want it to take away from us on defense.”
On a night like this, how did the running game complement the running game?
“The big thing is, as a team we want to have balance. That does not necessarily mean throwing as much as running, but when you have the running game going the way that we did and then you throw it and make completions, it falls hand in hand. Some people will be committed to using the pass game to open the run game, but we are the other way around in the sense that we run the ball to open up the pass game. Some days we may have to switch that, but we felt that could be productive in the run game, and we try to use the run to setup our passing game.”
Donald , JR TB
Did this game mean a little more to you?
“Yeah it does every game is important every game means the world to me but there are 2 red letter games on the schedule and this was one of them.”
566 yards, 8 touchdowns, through three games, what is clicking for you?
It’s the offensive line, the fullback, the receivers they are just making my job easy.
Knowing what you know about Virginia, were you surprised what you were able to do on offense against Virginia?
“Not really because we had a good week of practice there was little thought in the back of our heads about what happened down there last year. I knew that we would do well today.”
Tyler , SR QB
Tyler, Randy said you had fun tonight, that you have had fun all week. Did you have fun tonight?
“Yeah I definitely did, I love my teammates and when we have success and they score, I just get excited. They are just a great bunch of guys to be around and I just get excited for them.”
You like running the ball ten times a game?
“I’ll do anything, as long as we win, I will do anything, I don’t even care.”
I know we ask you this all the time, but how much more open were your receivers today because of your rush attack?
“You know, I think bottom line if we do what we know we can do we are going to be successful. Donnie and the other running back, they want the ball every play, the receivers want the ball all the time too and we just have to find what’s clicking and you know when we got to keep things rolling. When we got things working we just got to keep things going.”
Jordon , FR TB
What did you expect playing your first game today?
“I didn’t know what to expect. Being a freshman and coming out on the big stag playing against UVA, which is a great team. You get nervous but after the first play you get the butterflies out and your ready to go. I have been playing football since the age of eight so it comes natural after the first play. I am excited and I am happy with my debut. I felt that I did pretty well, the team did pretty well and we won which is the most important thing.”
Was it as easy as it looked?
“No I would say it was not easy at all. It is easy when the offensive line, full back and the wide receivers are blocking like they do. When they do the right things the holes open up which is the object of the plays so it goes well for us.”
Darius , SR CB
Is there something that you bring to the offense that they would not have?
“I wouldn’t say that they wouldn’t have it with out me. I think that I bring an element that the defenses have to prepare for during the week and that is always harder. I know from experience. I think that I bring explosiveness and I think I can make some big plays.”
On playing offense:
“I was pretty much a decoy in the play but they worked me in more. They told me this week during practice to prepare and that I would get some reps in this game and they came through.”
University of Virginia
HEAD COACH AL GROH
“We don’t take anything lightly. It’s not about in any way, shape or form anybody who wasn’t here. Our team is the team we put on the field today. I’m responsible for that. I take the blame for that and they’re really no other names to discuss.”
On the play of UConn’s RB Donald Brown & Tyler Lorenzen:
“He was who we thought he would be. He’s very good. Fast, competitive – obviously – more than what we prepared for. [Lorenzen was] very strong. His ability to get drives started early on, throw accurately, get out of the pocket had us coming and going. The combo of his outstanding play, Donald brown’s outstanding play and our shortcomings in certain areas… it was coming from every direction.”
On the play of backup QB Marc Verica:
“He made some decent throws. There were a lot of open guys out there, too… where the ball might’ve gone but as I said, this wasn’t about any individuals. We all did this together. He had a good head about him throughout the course of the game. Some plays he made needed clearer decisions and more accurate throws but it didn’t have anything to do with poise and confidence.”
WIDE RECEIVER KEVIN OGLETREE
“The challenge is to get to the next game and obviously, fix some things about this game. I know it’s the easiest thing to say ‘learn from your mistakes’ but we got some fundamentals and some things we got to get back to the drawing board. Once we get to the ACC, [games] like this can’t happen. I was trying to rally our defense a little bit and trying to get our offense some more movement. We weren’t happy by any means… [The offense] wanted to do some more things and we left some plays out there.”