Nov. 30, 2013
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - University of Connecticut redshirt freshman quarterback Casey Cochran (Monroe, Conn.) threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns and the Huskies beat Rutgers 28-17 on Saturday before a crowd of 22,163 at Rentschler Field. The Huskies won for the second time in two weeks and are now 2-9 on the season and 2-5 in the American Athletic Conference. Rutgers falls to 5-6 overall and 2-5 in the league.
UConn redshirt sophomore running back Max DeLorenzo (Berlin, Conn.) rushed for two scores for the Huskies, who lost their first nine games this season. DeLorenzo's second touchdown run, from a yard out, put the Huskies in front 21-17 in the fourth quarter. Cochran then led UConn on a 12-play, 56-yard drive on their next possession, sealing the win with a three-yard touchdown pass to freshman Brian Lemelle (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Rutgers senior Chas Dodd, making his first start of the season for the Scarlet Knights threw for 286 yards and a touchdown. Dodd also threw two interceptions to UConn senior cornerback Taylor Mack (Powder Spring, Ga.), including one on the Husky 19-yard line with just two minutes left.
Connecticut led 14-10 at the half, its first halftime lead since it led Michigan in September - a game the Huskies lost 24-21.
Dodd, who got the start over team captain Gary Nova, helped put Rutgers back in front in the third quarter. He found Quron Pratt down the left sideline for an 84-yard completion, the longest play of the season for the Scarlet Knights. That set up a three-yard touchdown run from Justin Goodwin.
UConn got a big play on its next possession -- a screen pass from Cochran to junior Deshon Foxx (Lynchburg, Va.) went for 41 yards, setting up DeLorenzo's touchdown run. Foxx caught nine balls for 117 yards.
Rutgers scored first as the Scarlet Knights took the opening drive to the UConn 10-yard line then faked a 27-yard field goal. Holder J.T Tartacoff threw the ball into the back of the end zone where tight end Tyler Croft wrestled it for a touchdown.
UConn responded with an eight-play, 79-yard drive. Cochran hit five of six passes, including an 18-yard throw over the middle to freshman wide receiver Dhameer Bradley (New Castle, Del.), the first touchdown catch of Bradley's college career.
Rutgers Quron Pratt was stripped of the ball on the kickoff return, Rutgers' 17th turnover of the season. UConn scored five plays later on a 12-yard run by DeLorenzo. Cochran, who was 25-33 for the game, had just one incomplete pass in the first quarter, hitting five different receivers.
Rutgers appeared to have tied the game on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Ruhann Peele, but that was called back by a hands to the face penalty on Chris Muller. The Scarlet Knights then had the ball for more than six minutes on a 16-play drive that ended with a 34-yard field goal just before the half.
The Huskies close out the season next Saturday when they play host to Memphis at 1:00 p.m. for Senior Day at Rentschler Field. The game will be available on ESPN3 and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.