UConn Football Report

QB Dan Orlovsky

Scout.com's report on the Huskies following completion of the 2004 regular season.

INSIDE SLANT

The Huskies improved their chances of earning a bowl invitation on Thursday by beating Rutgers, 41-35, on the road. Quarterback Dan Orlovsky passed for 264 yards and three touchdowns, while tailback Cornell Brockington rushed for 73 yards and two scores before leaving the game in the second half with a shoulder injury.

Connecticut (7-4) finished its first Big East season with a 3-3 record and has won six or more games for the third straight year under coach Randy Edsall.

"It's a nice win, but the whole season has been monumental," Edsall said. "Now we can go into the postseason feeling like we earned our way and didn't back in."

The Huskies' future is still undetermined as five of the seven teams in the Big East are bowl-eligible. The league has guaranteed tie-ins to four games.

Orlovsky continues to prove why he is the conference's best pocket passer. His numbers weren't dominant, but Orlovsky hit seven different receivers for completions.

NOTES, QUOTES

GAME BALL GOES TO
QB Dan Orlovsky -- The senior completed 19 of 30 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns in his final regular season game against Rutgers. Orlovsky, who threw scoring passes of 16, 32 and 3 yards, also rushed for 40 yards.

KEEP AN EYE ON
RB Cornell Brockington -- The Big East's leading rusher delivered 73 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the first half against Rutgers. He also caught a 16-yard touchdown pass, but didn't return for the final two quarters after sustaining a shoulder injury.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"This may be the first time this year that I'm at a loss for words. Today's win means a lot for our program and the great kids we have in the locker room. We're not always the prettiest group, but we find a way to get it done." -- Connecticut coach Randy Edsall, on his team's 41-35 win over Rutgers and bowl-eligible status.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LOOKING GOOD
Connecticut picked off two passes, which helped offset Rutgers' 366 passing yards. The Huskies have the Big East's top pass defense (188.8 ypg.).

STILL NEEDS SOME WORK
PK Matt Nuzie has been much better this season, but the sophomore badly missed a 44-yard field try against Rutgers. He has connected on 16 of 23 attempts this season, the longest of which measured 51 yards.

ROSTER REPORT
DE Tyler King (broken leg) is sidelined indefinitely. TB Cornell Brockington (shoulder) should be available if Connecticut earns another game.

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