Scores

Final

Buffalo 0

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Connecticut 38

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:30 PM ET, September 1, 2005

Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT

1 2 3 4 T
BUFF 0 0 0 00
CONN 3 28 0 738

Top Performers

Passing: M. Bonislawski (CONN) - 121 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Caulley (CONN) - 14 CAR, 100 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Murray (CONN) - 2 REC, 37 YDS, 2 TD

Connecticut 38, Buffalo 0

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Matt Bonislawski threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in his first start for Connecticut to lead the Huskies to a 38-0 win over Buffalo on Thursday night.

The game also marked the return of UConn tailback Terry Caulley, who has missed nearly two years because of a knee injury. The 5-foot-7 speedster quickly found his groove and rushed for 100 yards and one touchdown.

The Huskies (1-0) dominated in all phases, running their series lead over the Bulls to 12-4. Buffalo (0-1), which lost its 2004 finale Connecticut, 29-0, hasn't had a season-opening win since 1997.

UConn kick returner Larry Taylor gave the Huskies solid field position all game. He had punt returns of 32 and 50 yards in the first half, the latter set up Bonislawski's 15-yard TD pass to tight end Dan Murray midway through the second quarter. Bonislawski found Murray for a 22-yard strike on the Huskies' next possession for a 17-0 lead and the Bulls never threatened.

Bonislawski, the understudy to record-setting quarterback Dan Orlovsky the past two years, had only four completed passes before this game. The redshirt junior made few mistakes in his starting debut, completing 11 of 18 for 121 yards. He also ran for 71 yards. He threw his lone interception as the first half ended.

Caulley had all 42 yards in UConn's three-play scoring drive in the closing minutes of the first half. His TD run from 1-yard out gave UConn a 24-0 lead at the half.

The Huskies rushed for 290 yards, the most since their upgrade to Division I-A four years ago.

The UConn defense pressured Bulls quarterback Stewart Sampsel all night. Sampsel had played in only one game before Thursday. He and backup Tony Paoli combined for 60 yards passing. UConn held Buffalo to 77 rushing yards. Steven King led the Bulls with 56 yards on the ground.

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