CINCINNATI - University of Connecticut redshirt sophomore quarterback Bryant Shirreffs (Jefferson, Ga.) ran for 90 yards and threw for another 80 other, but the Huskies fell to Cincinnati by a 37-13 score. The game was played before a record sellout crowd of 40,124 as rain-soaked Nippert Stadium.
With the loss, the Huskies fall to 3-5 on the season and 1-3 in the American Athletic Conference while the Bearcats are 4-3 and 1-3.
UConn sophomore tailback Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia, Conn.) led UConn with eight receptions for 37 yards and also rushed for 45 with a touchdown. Newsome also had 44 kickoff return yards for 126 all-purpose yards.
Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel was 26 of 35 in the air for 327 yards while running back Hosey Williams rushed for 140 yards and Mike Boone added 117. The Bearcats had 612 yards of total offense while the Huskies could only muster 266.
UConn took an early 7-0 lead with 9:23 left in the first quarter as Shirreffs engineered a nine-play, 58-yard drive that ended with a Newsome four-yard rush. Shirreffs carried the ball six times for 50 yards on that drive.
The Huskies only scored six more points in the rest of the game on a pair of field goals by redshirt junior Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach, Fla.) - a 27-yarder with 13:07 left in the second quarter and a 30-yarder midway through the fourth.
The Bearcats led 24-10 at the half and had a 27-10 lead after three quarters.
UConn redshirt sophomore linebacker Junior Joseph (Sinking Springs, Pa.) had 16 tackles while redshirt senior safety Andrew Adams (Fayetteville, Ga.) and redshirt junior safety Obi Melifonwu (South Grafton, Mass.) had 13 tackles apiece.
The Huskies return to action on Friday night when they host East Carolina at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. Kickoff is 7:00 p.m. on ESPNU and the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.