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UConn Falls at Tulane, 12-3

Oct. 11, 2014

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NEW ORLEANS -- The Tulane football team, led by a stingy defense and the play of quarterback Nick Montana, defeated the University of Connecticut football team by a score of 12-3 on Saturday before a crowd of 23,076 at Yulman Stadium. Tulane improves to 2-4 on the season and 1-1 in American Athletic Conference play while the Huskies are 1-5 and 0-3.

UConn redshirt senior quarterback Chandler Whitmer (Newnan, Ga.) was 17 of 24 for 141 yards and the Huskies took an early 3-0 lead on a career-long 44-yard field goal by redshirt sophomore Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach, Fla.).

Tulane gained 167 yards on the ground, led by Sherman Badie's 77 yards on 14 carries. Montana completed 19 of 26 passes for 135 yards in his first start this season. Montana was Tulane's starter a season ago as a junior, helping the Green Wave to a 7-6 record and its first bowl bid in more than a decade. He playing with an injured throwing shoulder that season and in August, he lost his job to redshirt freshman Tanner Lee. Lee injured his shoulder vs. Rutgers two weeks ago.

Montana hit his first four passes for 53 yards, including a 21-yarder over the middle, and his seven-yard scoring strike to Charles Jones to make it 7-3. Tulane took a 9-3 lead when defensive end Tyler Gilbert surged into the backfield and cut down UConn for a safety - a play set up by Peter Picerelli's 38-yard punt to the UConn one-yard line.

Green Wave freshman kicker Andrew DiRocco, who missed four of five field goal attempts entering the game, hit a career-long 38-yarder in the fourth quarter to make it 12-3. That field goal attempt was possible after Montana spun away from what looked like a certain third-down sack, rolled right and threw back across his body for a 10-yard, first-down completion to Justyn Shackleford.

All three of UConn's turnovers occurred in Tulane territory. In the second quarter, Doss intercepted a UConn third-down pass on the Tulane 38. Later in the quarter, Monroe ripped the ball away from a Husky runner as the pair went to the ground on the Tulane 30.

Down 7-3 in the middle of the third quarter, UConn was in field goal rang, but Tulane once again recovered a fumble by Monroe.

UConn returns to action when it travels to nationally-ranked East Carolina on Thursday, October 23 on ESPNU and the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.

Green Wave freshman kicker Andrew DiRocco, who'd missed four of five field goal attempts entering the game, hit a career-long 38-yarder in the fourth quarter to make it 12-3. The kick came just days after former Tulane kicker Cairo Santos, a 2012 Lou Groza award winner who is now with the Kansas City Chiefs, visited during his NFL club's bye week to work with DiRocco in practice.

That field goal attempt was possible after Montana spun away from what looked like a certain third-down sack, rolled right and threw back across his body for a 10-yard, first-down completion to Justyn Shackleford.

All three of UConn's turnovers occurred in Tulane territory. In the second quarter, Doss intercepted Boyle's third-down pass on the Tulane 38. Later in the quarter, Monroe ripped the ball away from Newsome as the pair went to the ground on the Tulane 30.

Down 7-3 in the middle of the third quarter, UConn was in field goal range after Newsome caught a 7-yard pass from Whitmer, but Newsome lost the ball again on a hit by Tanzel Smart at the Tulane 24, and Monroe recovered.

 

 

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