Scores

Final

Murray State 14

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Connecticut 52

(1-0, 1-0 home)

12:00 PM ET, September 4, 2004

MEMORIAL STADIUM (CT), STORRS, CT

1 2 3 4 T
MURR 7 7 0 014
CONN 7 7 28 1052

CONNECTICUT 52, MURRAY ST 14

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Senior Dan Orlovsky threw a career high-tying five touchdown passes, including four in the decisive third quarter, as Connecticut rolled to a season-opening 52-14 victory over Division I-AA Murray State.

In the first meeting between the schools, Murray State (1-1) stayed surprisingly close in the first half, matching each touchdown by UConn with one of its own and going to the locker room tied, 14-14.

Orlovsky, who completed 19-of-29 passes for a career high-tying 382 yards, went to work, hitting three different receivers for TDs as the Huskies outscored the Racers, 28-0, in the period.

A four-year starter, Orlovsky threw for 382 yards November 3, 2001 against Cincinnati and had five TD passes last season against both Army and Akron.

Jason Williams hauled in scoring strikes of 40 and 80 yards. Keron Henry caught a 31-yard TD pass and Dan Murray closed the quarter with a 61-yard TD reception.

Linebacker Alfred Fincher scored on a 16-yard interception return in the final period. Matt Lawrence scored both of UConn's first half TDs, a 34-yard pass from Orlovsky in the first quarter and a three-yard run in the second period. But Murray State's Nick Turner answered each time.

Turner tied the game at 7-7 with a three-yard run and knotted it, 14-14, with a 94-yard kickoff return.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MURR
CONN
1st Downs1023
Total Yards167530
Passing91386
Rushing76144
Penalties2-205-45
3rd Down Conversions1-137-15
4th Down Conversions0-02-2
Turnovers12
Possession28:2731:33

Passing Leaders

Murray StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Fisher5/8789.800-
Salyer1/620.300-
ConnecticutC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Bonislaw...1/341.300-
Orlovsky19/2938213.252-

Rushing Leaders

Murray StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lane10393.9015
Cook10191.908
ConnecticutCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lawrence18764.2111
Brockington9212.306

Receiving Leaders

Murray StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rumley25326.5034
Turner273.507
ConnecticutRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams412832.0280
Murray49223.0161

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMURRCONN
TD11:16MATT LAWRENCE 34 YD PASS FROM DAN ORLOVSKY (MATT NUZIE KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 72 yards.
07
TD9:15NICK TURNER 3 YD RUN (MORGAN RILEY KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 73 yards.
77
SECOND QUARTERMURRCONN
TD9:03MATT LAWRENCE 3 YD RUN (MATT NUZIE KICK)
Drive info: 15 plays, 66 yards.
714
TD8:48NICK TURNER 94 YD KICK RETURN (MORGAN RILEY KICK)1414
THIRD QUARTERMURRCONN
TD11:44JASON WILLIAMS 40 YD PASS FROM DAN ORLOVSKY (MATT NUZIE KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 54 yards.
1421
TD7:16KERON HENRY 31 YD PASS FROM DAN ORLOVSKY (MATT NUZIE KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 78 yards.
1428
TD5:44JASON WILLIAMS 80 YD PASS FROM DAN ORLOVSKY (MATT NUZIE KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 80 yards.
1435
TD0:00DAN MURRAY 61 YD PASS FROM DAN ORLOVSKY (MATT NUZIE KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 79 yards.
1442
FOURTH QUARTERMURRCONN
TD7:35ALFRED FINCHER 16 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (MATT NUZIE KICK)1449
FG2:40MATT NUZIE 22 YD FG
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yards.
1452