EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of Connecticut football team had 528 yards of total offense on Saturday, but those yards only yielded 20 points as USF defeated the Huskies by a 28-20 score before a Homecoming crowd of 31,719 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.
The Huskies drop to 3-4 on the season and 1-2 in the American Athletic Conference while USF improves to 3-3 and 1-1.
UConn redshirt sophomore quarterback Bryant Shirreffs (Jeffesron, Ga.) passed for 365 yards and rushed for 100 more - just missing the school single-game record for total offense by a single yard.
Sophomore Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia, Conn.) had a career-high eight receptions for 74 yards with 58 yards of rushing on 13 carries. With his 89 kickoff return yards, he had a total of 221 all-purpose yards on the day.
Scoring was sparse in the first half as the Bulls had a 7-3 lead at the half. USF's Rodney Adams scored the game's first points on a 44-yard TD pass from Quinto Flowors with 11:08 left in the second quarter. UConn redshirt junior kicker Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach, Fla.) kicked a 19-yard field goal with 7:50 left in the half for the Huskies' only points of the first half.
UConn took a 10-7 early in the third quarter on a 36-yard TD run, but the Bulls came right back with a four-play, 73-yard drive that ended in a tricky 29-yard TD pass to Adams from running back D'Ernie Johnson to make it 14-10.
Another Puyol field goal, this time a 27-yarder, cut the lead to one at 14-13 with 1:59 left in the third quarter, but Flowers rushed for a 15-yard TD late in the third quarter and again connected with Adams for a 44-yard TD pass with 4:23 left to play to take a 28-13 lead.
The Huskies made it 28-20 on a 27-yard TD pass from Shirreffs to freshman Tyraiq Beals (East Orange, N.J.) with 2:12 to play, but UConn failed on the onside kick attempt and USF ran the clock out.
Flowers threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 98 yards with one TD. Adams caught five balls for a career-high 118 yards and three touchdowns.
USF running back Marlon Mack rushed for 113 yards, all but nine of those coming in the second half. His 59-yard run down the left sideline in the third quarter set up the 15-yard touchdown scramble by Flowers that gave the Bulls a 21-13.
The Huskies return to action next Saturday when they travel to Cincinnati for a 4:30 p.m. game on the CBS Sports Network and the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.