EAST HARTFORD, Conn. UConn redshirt senior kicker Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach, Fla.) had his second game-winning field goal of the young season on Saturday as the Huskies defeated Virginia by a 13-10 score before a crowd of 31,036 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. UConn improves its record to 2-1 on the season while the Cavaliers are 0-3.
Puyol hit a 43-yard field goal with 1:33 left in the game that broke a 10-10 tie and gave UConn its winning margin. The FG wrapped up an eight play-50 yard drive for the Huskies. In UConn's opening night win over Maine on Sept. 1, Puyol hit a 37-yarder with 11 second to give the Huskies a 24-21 win.
UConn spotted the Cavaliers a 10-0 lead as Alex Furbank hit a 23-yard field goal for the only scoring of the first quarter and Albert Reid scored on a nine-yard run with 12:42 to go in the second quarter that capped a 90-yard drive.
The rest of the scoring belonged to the Huskies as Puyol made it 10-3 Cavaliers with a 21-yard field goal with 4:43 to go in the half. After a scoreless third quarter, UConn tied the game on a one-yard TD run by redshirt junior quarterback Bryant Shirreffs (Jefferson, Ga.) to complete a 37 yard drive with 7:55 to go in the game.
That tying drive was set up by an interception from junior cornerback Jamar Summers (Orange, N.J.). that gave UConn the ball at the Cavalier 25. Summers' interception came at an opportune time as the Huskies had lost the ball on a fumble one play earlier.
Summers, a first team All-American Athletic Conference pick last year, now has ten career interceptions, which places him in a tie for ninth place in UConn career history.
After Puyol's go-ahead field goal, Virginia moved the ball to the 73 yards to the UConn two, but the Cavaliers missed a field goal that would have put the game into overtime.
Shirreffs was 13 for 24 in the air for 154 yards and also had 33 yards of rushing. Junior running back Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia, Conn.) led UConn in rushing with 77 yards while senior wide receiver Noel Thomas (Norwalk, Conn.) had six receptions for 91 yards.
Redshirt senior safety Obi Melifonwu (South Grafton, Mass.) led UConn on defense with 11 tackles and a pass break-up.
The Huskies return to action next Saturday, Sept. 24 when they play host to Syracuse at 1:00 p.m. That game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
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