It was quite possibly the biggest game in Huskies' football history.
Nationally-ranked West Virginia (now #15 - AP; #14 - ESPN/USA Today) entered Rentschler Field last Wednesday night for its first league contest of the season. Connecticut, which is looking to secure a bowl bid in its first Big East season, had a chance to turn a few heads.
The Mountaineers, however, proved too strong. West Virginia quarterback Rasheed Marshall ran for 110 yards and threw for 138 more in a convincing 31-19 victory. (Marshall was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week.)
The game marked the first meeting between the schools.
The Huskies trailed 10-6 at halftime but wouldn't get any closer. Senior quarterback Dan Orlovsky completed 24 of 47 passes for 268 yards and threw two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but he was intercepted three times.
Sophomore tailback Cornell Brockington added 90 rushing yards on 23 carries, but was kept out of the end zone.
Connecticut (4-2) will play its final Big East home game on Saturday, when it hosts Temple (1-6) in East Hartford.
GAME BALL GOES TO
QB Dan Orlovsky -- The senior completed 24 of 47 passes for 268 yards and was intercepted three times. He did, however, throw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, which tied him for first place on Connecticut's all-time list.
KEEP AN EYE ON
RB Cornell Brockington -- The sophomore rushed for 90 yards on 23 carries and added 22 receiving yards.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It wasn't like their defense confused us that much. We missed some protection sometimes, where a guy went the wrong way here, didn't pay attention to our rules there and forced us to throw the ball late a few more times than we would've liked. They didn't do anything we hadn't practiced for this week." -- Orlovsky, on Connecticut's offensive struggles against West Virginia.
PK Matt Nuzie continues to improve. After struggling earlier in the season, Nuzie tied a school record by drilling seven consecutive field goals. He connected from 21 and 35 yards in the loss to West Virginia.
STILL NEEDS SOME WORK
The Huskies' four turnovers -- three interceptions, one fumble -- essentially cost them the game. QB Dan Orlovsky was picked three times, but give credit to West Virginia's defense. Connecticut is usually anything but sloppy on the offensive end.
DE Tyler King broke his right leg against two weeks ago and is expected to be out at least another month.