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.