STORRS, CONN. (November 9, 2002) - Freshman running back Terry Caulley (Lusby, MD) scored four touchdowns in a spectacular 11-minute span in the second quarter, tying an NCAA record, as Connecticut set a school record for points scored at Memorial Stadium in the final game played there, by routing Kent State, 63-21.
The victory, UConns second a row, improves the Huskies record to 4-6. The Golden Flashes slip to 3-7.
Caulley is the sixth player in NCAA Division I-A history to score four all-purpose touchdowns in a quarter joining Dick Felt (BYU vs. San Jose State, Nov. 8, 1952), Howard Griffith (Illinois vs. Southern Illinois, Sept. 22, 1990), Eric Bieniemy (Colorado vs. Nebraska (Nov. 2, 1990), Corey Dillon (Washington vs. San Jose State, Nov. 16, 1996) and Frank Moreau (Louisville vs. East Carolina, Nov. 1, 1997).
For the second consecutive week, UConns offense broke from the gate quickly. They took the opening kickoff and marched 68 yards in eight plays, scoring on a five-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Dan Orlovsky (Shelton, CT) to senior wide receiver Wes Timko (DeLand, FL). UConns defense was not to be denied either. Senior cornerback Roy Hopkins (Rochester, NY) intercepted a Joshua Cribbs pass and returned it 20 yards to the Kent State eight setting up a one-yard scoring sneak by Orlovsky, giving UConn a 14-0 lead just over six minutes into the game.
It was a game that saw all facets of the Connecticut attack fire on all cylinders. Late in the first quarter, senior Dwaun Black (Duquense, PA) blocked a Jared Fritz punt (left), and freshman Cathlyn Clarke (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) scooped it up and scampered 31 yards for a score.
The second quarter was a showcase for the talented freshman running back Caulley. He scored on 19- and 30-yard rushes five minutes apart to give the Huskies a 35-0 lead. After junior safety Chris Meyer (Clearwater, FL) forced KSU running back Eddie Beccles to fumble, senior linebacker Jamal Lundy (Burlington, NJ) recovered to set up Caulley again. Orlovsky hit Caulley with a screen pass, and Caulley raced in from 35 yards out to give the Huskies an insurmountable 42-0 lead. Just for good measure, on UConns final possession of the half, Caulley ripped though the Golden Flash line and bolted 60 yards for his fourth score of the game.
Caulley finished the game with 174 yards on just 15 carries. Orlovsky was an efficient 11 completions in 17 attempts for 128 yards and the two touchdowns. Both Caulley and Orlovsky did not play in the second half.
UConn scored in the third quarter when Meyer intercepted backup quarterback Darryl Polk (right), and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown.
Senior Joe Villipiano (Oakhurst, NJ) concluded the scoring when he caught a 28-yard pass from freshman Jermell Williams (Hollywood, FL) late in the fourth quarter.
There was one bright spot for the Golden Flashes. Cribbs became just the second player in Division 1-A history with two 1,000-yard passing and rushing seasons, tying Air Forces Beau Morgan, who accomplished the feat in 1995 and 1996.
The 63 points at Memorial Stadium broke the record that was set just one week ago against Florida Atlantic, in 61-14 UConn win. This was not the only record tied or broken on this day. Senior place kicker Marc Hickok (Gloversville, NY) set a single game school record with his nine successful PATs and set the UConn mark by converting on 38 consecutive attempts. Caulley set a new Husky record for rushing TDs by a freshman with his 12. Wilbur Gilliard scored 10 in 1992.
The victory improves the all-time UConn record at Memorial Stadium to 131-102-4. The attendance of 15,332 brings the season total to 93,843, the most in school history.
The Huskies return to action next Saturday, Nov. 16, when they travel to Annapolis, MD to face Navy. Kickoff is set for noon and the game will televised by Channel 3.
**UConns 63 points were the most by the Huskies in a game in the history of Memorial Stadium... The previous high was 61 points last week against Florida Atlantic.
**The 63 points scored were the most by UConn since a 63-21 win over Yale in 1998.
**UConn finishes play in Memorial Stadium with a home record of 131-102-4 in the facility.
**UConn played in front of 93,843 fans at home this season, a new single season record... The old record was 72,681, set in 2001.
**Terry Caulley rushed for 174 yards, his fifth 100-yard effort of the season... He also tied a career-best with three rushing TDs on the day.
**Cauley set a new UConn freshman record for rushing TDs in a season and has 12 on the year... Wilbur Gilliard had 10 in 1992.
**Marc Hickok set a UConn single game record with nine PATs and has made 38 straight PATs, also a UConn record.
**Kent State QB Joshua Cribbs went over the 1,000-yard mark passing on the season to become the second player in Division I-A history with two 1,000-yard passing and rushing seasons... He now has 1,072 rushing and 1,009 passing on the year and sat out the final two quarters with an injury... Beau Morgan of Air Force also did it in 1995 and 1996.
**Running back Eddie Beccles had a career-high 125 yards rushing.