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
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.