Oct. 2, 2010
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EAST HARTFORD, CONN. - Junior tailback Jordan Todman (North Dartmouth, Mass.) rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns and Connecticut scored the game's last 26 points as the Huskies rallied past Vanderbilt, 40-21, before a sellout crowd of 40,000 at Rentschler Field Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies are now 3-2 on the season, while the Commodores slip to 1-3 on the campaign.
Redshirt junior quarterback Cody Endres (Washington, Pa.) completed 21-of-30 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns in his first start of the season.
Todman, who narrowly missed his career mark in rushing (192 this season against Temple), scored his two touchdowns in the first half to give the Huskies a 14-0 lead four minutes into the second quarter. The first touchdown was a quick conversion after a Vanderbilt turnover on the game's first play from scrimmage.
Jonathan Krause caught a pass from Larry Smith and the ball was jarred loose by sophomore defensive back Mike Lang (Largo, Fla.) and recovered by redshirt sophomore cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (Edinboro, Pa.) and returned 24 yards to the Vanderbilt 12. Three plays later Todman scored from the one. After a series of punts by both teams, Connecticut added to its lead on an 11-yard scoring ramble by Todman early in the second quarter.
The Huskies seemed to have the contest well in hand, but the Commodores responded with three touchdowns in a span of 3:38 during the second quarter. Smith threw touchdown passes to Brandon Barden and Udom Umoh and Krause scored on a 44-yard scamper on an end-around to put the Commodores ahead 21-14, with 5:26 to play before halftime.
The Huskies responded with a nine-play, 73-yard drive that was capped by a six-yard touchdown pass to redshirt junior wide receiver Kashif Moore (Burlington, N.J.) with 1:04 to play in the first half. Connecticut continued that momentum by taking the second half kickoff (after a 54-yard kickoff return by Nick Williams (East Windsor, N.J.) and marching 41 yards in six plays with the score coming on a four-yard pass to redshirt sophomore tight end Corey Manning (Tyrone, Ga.), his first career catch at Connecticut.
The Huskies sandwiched a 25-yard field goal by Dave Teggart (Northborough, Mass.) and a safety when Vanderbilt snapped the ball through the end zone around a 44-yard interception return by Wreh-Wilson. It was the third interception return for a score by the Huskies in the past two weeks.
Endres' favorite target in the contest was sophomore wide receiver Dwayne Difton (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) who caught a career-best six passes for 58 yards. Junior wideout Michael Smith (Houston, Texas) caught four balls for 63 yards.
Redshirt senior linebacker Lawrence Wilson (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) led the Huskies with nine tackles, while sophomore defensive end Jesse Joseph (Laval, Que.) had six tackles, three for loss including two sacks.
The Huskies, who have now completed the non-conference portion of their schedule, open up BIG EAST play on Friday, October 8 when they travel to play at Rutgers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and the contest will be nationally-televised by ESPN.