STORRS, Conn. - Donald Brown ran for 154 yards and a touchdown to lead Connecticut over Rutgers, 38-19, last night, giving the Huskies an 8-1 record for the first time.
Brown, who had lost his starting job to the faster Andre Dixon, came off the bench and had a 33-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and a 70-yard run to set up a fourth-quarter field goal that put the game out of reach. He carried the ball 24 times, 22 in the second half when No. 16 UConn (8-1, 4-0 Big East) controlled the clock. Dixon rushed 10 times for 35 yards.
Tyler Lorenzen threw for 140 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 67 yards, and the Huskies' special teams accounted for 9 points, with a safety and a 97-yard kickoff return by Tyvon Branch.
Jeremy Ito had four field goals for Rutgers (5-4, 1-3), but missed a 34-yarder in the third quarter that would have cut UConn's lead to 10.
Ray Rice ran 21 times for 116 yards and a TD for Rutgers, but 97 of those came in the first half. Mike Teel was 32 of 52 for 343 yards and an interception. Kenny Britt caught seven of those passes for 101 yards.
UConn led, 25-16, at intermission despite running just 19 plays to Rutgers's 51.
The Huskies came into the game ranked 10th nationally in total defense, giving up just over 293 yards and 13 points per game. Rutgers rolled up 511 yards, including 307 yards in the first half when they held the ball for more than 20 minutes. However, the Scarlet Knights had drives of 72, 74, and 69 yards end in Ito field goals.
A 29-yarder that capped a seven-minute, 15-play drive made the score 18-6 with just over nine minutes remaining in the second quarter. Fifteen seconds later, it was 25-6.
UConn's Branch took the kickoff on the 3-yard line, cut left, deked defensive back Joe Lefeged, and sprinted down the left side for 97 yards and his second return for a touchdown this season. The Huskies had 228 yards on kickoff and punt returns.
UConn's Tony Ciaravino missed an extra point, but also kicked three field goals, giving him 19 for the season.