PROVO, Utah - The University of Connecticut football team and BYU were tied 10-10 after three quarters on Friday night, but the Cougars outscored the Huskies 20-3 in the fourth en route to a 30-13 win. The game was played before 56,393 at LaVell Edwards Stadium as the Huskies fell to 2-3 on the season while BYU is 3-2.
The teams were tied at 7-7 at halftime as redshirt sophomore quarterback Bryant Shirreffs (Jefferson, Ga.) hooked up with sophomore Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia, Conn.) for a 30-yard touchdown pass with 1:42 left in the second quarter. That pass completed a six-play, 80-yard drive. BYU had scored the only points of the first quarter on a one-yard TD run by Francis Bernard with 2:44 left.
The teams traded third quarter field goals as redshirt junior Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach, Fla.) kicked a 37-yarder with 7:11 left in the period for a 13-10 UConn lead.
BYU then took control of the game with a dominant fourth quarter. UConn's only points of the fourth came on a 42-yard field goal with 8:59 in the game. The 42-yarder was the long of the season for Puyol, who is now six-for-six in field goals this season.
Newsome had 68 yards of rushing to lead UConn on 13 carries while he also had four receptions for 63 yards. Shirreffs was 14 of 28 in the air for 168 yards.
Defensively, the Huskies were led by redshirt junior cornerback Jhavon Williams (Delray Beach, Fla.), who had 10 tackles and an interception.
BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum threw for 365 yards and two touchdowns while Algernon Brown rushed for 95 yards. Mitch Juergens had ten receptions for 74 yards.
UConn returns to action next Saturday when the travel to Orlando, Fla., to take on UCF in an American Athletic Conference East Division game at 3:45 p.m. That game will be televised on ESPNU and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Network.