Sophomore Cornell Brockington paced the ground attack, rushing for 77 yards on 15 carries. Senior Keron Henry caught nine passes for 108 yards. Senior linebacker Maurice Lloyd set a Motor City Bowl record with 17 tackles.
Sophomore Matt Nuzie, who hit four three-pointers, opened the scoring with a 35-yard field goal on Connecticut's first drive. On Toledo's second series, senior Tyler King, who had missed the previous six games because of a broken leg, recovered junior two-way player Patrick Body's fumble at the Rockets' 36-yard line with 7:00 on the opening quarter clock. Orlovsky hit junior Jason Williams for a 32-yard touchdown pass less than two minutes later. Freshman Larry Taylor returned Toledo frosh Bret Kern's punt 68 yards for a TD.
Junior QB Bruce Gradkowski, who suffered a broken right hand in the Mid-American Conference championship game, led UT (9-4) on a 63-yard drive and scored the Rockets' only touchdown on a one-yard plunge with 11:15 to go in the half. Toledo was missing their star running back, sophomore Scooter McDougle, who incurred a knee injury, also in the MAC title game.
With their lead reduced to 17-7, Orlovsky hit senior Brian Sparks for a seven-yard score less than four minutes later. Nuzie kicked 37 and 25 yard field goals to give the Huskies a 30-7 halftime edge.
Nuzie and Jason Robbins each hit third quarter field goals, ending the period with the score at 33-10. On UConn's final drive, Coach Randy Edsall liberally substituted for his starters. Sophomore reserve tailback Matt Lawrence's 11-yard touchdown capped a 45-yard drive with 44 seconds left in the game. Nuzie's extra point attempt was unsuccessful, thereby keeping 39-10 as the final score.
Grabowski was replaced at the start of the third quarter by redshirt freshman Marques Council who was 15-of-25 for 154 yards. Council was intercepted twice and sacked four times. Grabowski hit half of his throws (6/12) for 44 yards. Junior Trinity Dawson also gained 77 yards (19 carries). Senior Chris Holmes had four receptions for 47 yards.
UConn completed their third Division I-A season with an 8-4 overall record, a 3-3 Big East mark including a 29-17 win over Pittsburgh. the league's BCS representative, and a bowl title.
Connecticut was definitely ready to move up to the Big East a season early!