12:00 PM ET, September 4, 2004
MEMORIAL STADIUM (CT), STORRS, CT
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.
|3rd Down Conversions||1-13||7-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||2-2|
|TD||11:16||MATT LAWRENCE 34 YD PASS FROM DAN ORLOVSKY (MATT NUZIE KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||9:15||NICK TURNER 3 YD RUN (MORGAN RILEY KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 73 yards.
|TD||9:03||MATT LAWRENCE 3 YD RUN (MATT NUZIE KICK)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 66 yards.
|TD||8:48||NICK TURNER 94 YD KICK RETURN (MORGAN RILEY KICK)||14||14|
|TD||11:44||JASON WILLIAMS 40 YD PASS FROM DAN ORLOVSKY (MATT NUZIE KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 54 yards.
|TD||7:16||KERON HENRY 31 YD PASS FROM DAN ORLOVSKY (MATT NUZIE KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 78 yards.
|TD||5:44||JASON WILLIAMS 80 YD PASS FROM DAN ORLOVSKY (MATT NUZIE KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||0:00||DAN MURRAY 61 YD PASS FROM DAN ORLOVSKY (MATT NUZIE KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 79 yards.
|TD||7:35||ALFRED FINCHER 16 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (MATT NUZIE KICK)||14||49|
|FG||2:40||MATT NUZIE 22 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yards.