MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch threw for 194 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers defeated the University of Connecticut football team by a 41-10 score on Saturday before a crowd of 35,102 at the Liberty Bowl. Memphis improves to 9-3 on the season and clinches at least a share of the American Athletic Conference with a 7-1 record UConn is 2-9 and 1-6.
Memphis led 6-0 after the first quarter after a stingy Husky defense held the Tigers to field goals of 21 and 22 yards by Jake Elliot on goal line stands. Lynch connected twice with Keiwone Malone for scores, the first giving Memphis a 13-0 lead with 155 left in the first half.
UConn redshirt sophomore Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach, Fla.) connected on a career-long 45-yard field goal with three seconds left in the first half to make it 13-3 Tigers.
The game remained 13-3 until midway through the third quarter and Memphis scored three touchdowns in the remainder of the quarter to take control of the game. Two of the three touchdowns were results of UConn turnovers that gave the Tigers the ball in UConn territory.
UConn scored its other points of the game on a 39-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Tim Boyle (Middlefield, Conn.) to freshman Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia, Conn.). The TD pass was the first of Boyle's career and also the longest.
Boyle started his second game of the season and the sixth of his career. He was 12 of 24 in the air for 160 yards. Freshman Ron Johnson (Naples, Fla.) was UConn's leading rusher with 22 carries for 67 yards while redshirt senior Geremy Davis (Lawrenceville, Ga.) had five receptions for 62 yards.
Brandon Hayes led Memphis in rushing with 60 yards while Malone finished seven receptions for 70 yards.
UConn concludes the 2014 season on Saturday at Rentschler Field against SMU at noon. The Senior Day game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network and heard on the IMG UConn Radio Network.
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