EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Junior running back Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia, Conn.) rushed for 166 yards and one touchdowns and also had a receiving touchdown as the UConn football team concluded its season on Saturday with a 38-13 loss at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field before a crowd of 20,764. UConn ends the 2016 season with an overall mark of 3-9 and 1-7 in the American Athletic Conference while Tulane wraps up at 4-8 and 1-7.
UConn redshirt senior safety Obi Melifonwu (South Grafton, Mass.) had 24 tackles in the game, which tied a school single-game record with Troy Ashley vs. UMass in 1989, John Dorsey vs. Rhode Island in 1981 and Jeff Thomas vs. UMass in 1980.
Husky senior wide receiver Noel Thomas, Jr. (Norwalk, Conn.) had four receptions for 29 yards and ends his year with 100 receptions, a school record, for 1,179 yards - which is second. He finished his career with 178 career receptions, fourth in school history, with 2,204 yards, which is eighth.
UConn freshman quarterback Donovan Williams (Dumfries, Va.), making his third-career start, was 11 of 26 in the air for 104 yards with his first career TD pass.
Tulane running backs Lazedrick Thompson and Josh Rounds combined for five touchdowns in the win as the Green Wave snapped a six-game losing streak. Tulane scored the game's first 24 points to break a 14-game conference losing streak. Thompson finished with 108 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns, including a 45-yard jaunt in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring. Rounds had 78 yards rushing on 16 carries and two touchdowns.
Larry Bryant blocked a UConn punt on the fifth play of the game, setting his team up at the 23-yard line for its first possession. UConn forced the Green Wave to settle for a 23-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. After quickly forcing another UConn punt, a 32-yard pass from Glen Cuiellette to tight end Kendall Ardoin set the Green Wave up with a first-and-goal. Rounds scored on a one-yard plunge two plays later to make it 10-0.