UConn Gets 22-20 Comeback Win Over Duke

Justin Perkins scoring 1st quarter TD

The University of Connecticut pulled out a come-from-behind 22-20 victory over the ACC's Duke University before a sellout crowd of 40,000 at Rentschler Field on Saturday.

Sophomore place kicker Matt Nuzie's game-winning 21-yard field goal capped a 16-point fourth quarter rally to give the Huskies their second win of the season. Duke is now 0-2.

UConn, which trailed 20-6 at the end of the third quarter, tallied 16 straight points for their second straight win over an Atlantic Coast Conference fore. The Huskies ended the 2003 season with a 51-17 win at Wake Forest.

Running back Cornell Brockington's one-yard TD run capped a 13-play, 71-yard drive to tighten the score to 20-13 with 11:05 left.

On DU's next possession, cornerback Justin Perkins intercepted Blue Devil QB Chris Dapolito's pass, returning it 27 yards for the touchdown. However, Nuzie's extra point attempt was blocked leaving UConn down 20-19 with 10 minutes to play.

Senior quarterback Dan Orlovsky hit junior wide receiver Jason Williams with a 45-yard pass play that set up Nuzie's game-winner at the 3:40 mark.

Duke brought in pocket-passer Mike Schneider for their last drive which did set up a 36-yard field goal attempt that slid to the left with six seconds to play.

The Blue Devils defense produced the only touchdown of the first half. With three minutes left in the first quarter, cornerback John Talley returned an Orlovsky pass 62 yards for a 7-3 Blue Devil lead. Two Matt Brooks' field goals pushed Duke's half-time edge to 13-3.

Dapolito hit tight end Calen Powell with a 2-yard TD pass to finish off a 71-yard drive and a 20-6 edge with two minutes left in the third quarter. From then on, it was UConn's turn to control the scoring.

Orlovsky was 23 of 34 for 290 yards but, for the first time in 26 games, didn't complete a touchdown pass. Keron Henry caught eight passes for 112 yards, both career highs. Matt Cutaia also set career bests with 82 yards receiving on six catches. Brockington carried the ball 20 times gaining 78 yards.

Connecticut heads to Chestnut Hill, Mass. for their long-anticipated Big East Conference opener with Boston College on Friday, September 17th at 8:00 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN2.

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