Dan Orlovsky threw for 382 yards and tied his school record with five touchdown passes to lead Connecticut to a 52-14 win over Murray State yesterday in East Hartford.
Orlovsky threw scoring passes of 34, 40, 31, 80, and 61 yards to match the record, which he set last year in a win over Army. Two of the touchdowns went to Jason Williams, including the 80-yarder, the fifth longest in school history.
The Huskies (1-0), who joined the Big East this season, struggled early against the Division 1-AA Racers. But once Orlovsky got untracked early in the second half, the rout was on. The Huskies scored 38 straight points and held the Racers to 32 total yards in the second half. Orlovsky, who sat out the final quarter, threw for more than 300 yards for the seventh time in his career.
"First half, I played like an idiot," Orlovsky said. "The second half, whatever, it was good enough to get the win." UConn finished with 530 yards of offense. Williams led all receivers with four catches for 128 yards and tailback Matt Lawrence finished with 79 yards on 18 carries, including a 3-yard TD run. He also caught a 34-yard TD pass for UConn's first score.Rutgers 19, Michigan St. 14 -- At Piscataway, N.J., freshman Jeremy Ito kicked four field goals and Ryan Neill scored on a 31-yard interception return to lead the Scarlet Knights past the Spartans. The win was coach Greg Schiano's biggest since coming to Rutgers in December 2000.
Michigan State, which went to the Alamo Bowl last year in John L. Smith's first season as coach, made Rutgers sweat out the final minutes, driving to the Scarlet Knights' 25 with less than two minutes to play.
Damon Dowdell missed an open Jerramy Scott in the end zone on third down and Eric Knott was tackled short of a first down on a screen pass on fourth down. Ito converted from 24, 47, 23, and 42 yards in attempting a school-record seven field goals, the first five tries coming on the Knights' first five possessions.