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UConn Defense Keys 7-3 Win at Tulane

Nov. 7, 2015

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NEW ORLEANS, La. - Sophomore cornerback Jamar Summers (Orange, N.J.) had a 67-yard interception return for the only touchdown of the game as the University of Connecticut football team posted a 7-3 win over Tulane on Saturday afternoon before an announced crowd of 26,775 at rain-soaked Yulman Stadium.

With the win, the Huskies improve to 5-5 on the season and need to win one of its last two games to gain bowl eligibility. UConn is 3-3 in the American Athletic Conference while Tulane is 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the league.

The win was the least number of points UConn scored in a victory since a 3-0 win to end the 1967 season against Holy Cross on Nov. 25. UConn also scored seven points in a win over New Hampshire in 1973 (7-3 on Oct. 6, 1973). The last time the Huskies won a game with single-digit scoring was a 9-7 win over New Hampshire in 1983.

UConn limited Tulane to just 140 yards of total offense, although the Huskies only gained 227 themselves.

The Huskies forced 11 punts by Tulane and the UConn defense had seven three-and-outs.

Summers' pick six was the first for the Huskies since Byron Jones had a 70-yarder last year at USF.

The interception was the 15th of the year for the Huskies and Summers has a team-leading six. He entered the game 15th in the country in interceptions.

Sophomore running back Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia, Conn.) had 79 yards of rushing on 16 carries and also caught two passes for 31 yards. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Bryant Shirreffs (Jefferson, Ga.) was eight-of-19 for 81 yards.

Senior linebacker Graham Stewart (Durham, Conn.) led the way for the Husky defense with six tackles and 3.5 tackles for a loss. Sophomore Luke Carrezola (Ligonier, Pa.) had two-and-a-half tackles for a loss.

Tulane's only first half points were a 37-yard field goal by sophomore Andrew DiRocco with 8:28 left in the second quarter. The Husky defense gave up 41 yards on that drive but held the Green Wave when they reached the UConn 15.

After a bye week, UConn returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 21 against Houston for Senior Day at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. Game time and television coverage will be announced on Monday.