Dec. 07, 2013
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - UConn redshirt freshman quarterback Casey Cochran (Monroe, Conn.) threw for a school single-game record 461 yards and four touchdowns in leading the University of Connecticut football team to a 45-10 win over Memphis on Saturday before a crowd of 17,086 at Rentschler Field.
The Huskies, who started the season by losing their first nine games, finished the season strong with a three-game winning streak to end the year at 3-9 and 3-5 in the American Athletic Conference. Memphis concludes the year with a 3-9 mark and 1-7 in the league.
Cochran completed 36 of 54 attempts and didn't throw an interception and his 461 yards breaks the record of 445 set by Dan Orlovsky vs. Syracuse in 2004. His 36 completions was second in school single-game history while his 54 attempts is tied for third.
UConn redshirt junior wide receiver Geremy Davis (Lawrenceville, Ga.) also had a record-setting day with a school-record 15 receptions to go along with 207 yards and a TD. The 15 receptions topped the mark of Keith Hugger, who had 14 vs. Delawa1981. His 207 yards was fifth in school single-game history. He finished the season with 1,085 receiving yards - sixth in school history and the first 1,000 yard season since 1998.
Following the game, UConn redshirt junior linebacker Yawin Smallwood (Worcester, Mass.) announced that he will enter the NFL Draft for 2014. Smallwood concluded his college career in fine fashion with two sacks vs. the Tigers and a total of seven tackles.
Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch threw for 169 yards and a touchdown as Tigers closed the season with their third consecutive loss.
The Huskies racked up 538 yards of offense, while holding Memphis to 257. UConn junior wide receiver Deshon Foxx (Lynchburg, Va.) caught the first score of the game for UConn, an 18-yard strike in the back of the end zone that gave the Huskies a 7-3 first-quarter lead. Foxx had 11 catches for 137 yards and two scores. His 18-yard fourth quarter catch gave Cochran his passing record.
Cochran hit Davis on a 15-yard fade route in the left side of the end zone on the Huskies' next drive. Davis outjumped two Memphis defenders for the ball.
The Huskies drove 63 yards in the final minute of the half, capping the drive when Cochran rolled right and threw a swing pass back to the left side, which redshirt junior running back Lyle McCombs (Staten Island, N.Y.) caught and jogged into the end zone from 11 yards out.
McCombs capped the Huskies first drive of the second half with a seven-yard touchdown run.
A 21-yard catch by Davis in the third quarter put him over 1,000-yard mark, setting up a 46-yard field goal by senior kicker Chad Christen (Etters, Pa.).
Davis had a 45-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter to set up another touchdown and broke the school record on an 18-yard catch with 6 1/2 minutes left in the game. Memphis opened the scoring with a 43-yard field goal, which was set up by a 34-yard pass to Keiwone Malone. The Tigers didn't score again until Lynch hit Malone for a 10-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter that cut the UConn lead to 31-10. UConn responded with a 32-yard wide receiver screen pass for a touchdown from Cochran to Foxx on a fourth-and-1.
The Huskies open the 2014 season at home on Saturday, Aug. 28 when they play host to BYU at Rentschler Field.