Scores

Final

Akron 10

(2-3, 1-0 MAC)

Connecticut 44

(5-0, 1-0 American)

12:00 PM ET, September 29, 2007

Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT

1 2 3 4 T
AKR 0 10 0 010
CONN 0 16 21 744

Top Performers

Passing: T. Lorenzen (CONN) - 203 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Dixon (CONN) - 12 CAR, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Arthur (AKR) - 8 REC, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Connecticut 44, Akron 10

Associated Press

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Andre Dixon ran for 116 yards and Tyvon Branch ran a kickoff back 97 yards for a touchdown to spark undefeated Connecticut to a 44-10 win over Akron on Saturday.

The 5-0 start is the best for a UConn team since 1995 when the Huskies went 6-0 as a Division I-AA school.

Akron (2-3) had a 10-9 lead with 4:04 left in the first half after a 6-yard touchdown pass from Chris Jacquemain to Jabari Arthur, but didn't score again.

UConn began its 35-point run on the ensuing kickoff when Branch grabbed the ball on the 3, made one move to his left, and went up the middle of the field to make it 16-10.

Connecticut quarterback Tyler Lorenzen completed 17 of 26 passes for 203 yards with an interception and two touchdown passes. One of those went to Dixon, who also had a 55-yard touchdown run.

Jacquemain was 19-of-28 for 145 yards for Akron, with a touchdown and an interception. He completed his first 10 passes including five in a row on the game's first scoring drive, which ended with a 28-yard field goal from Igor Iveljic.

UConn answered by going 70 yards in seven plays, capped when Dixon caught a pass in the left flat from Lorenzen and ran it in. UConn kicker Tony Ciaravino missed the extra point, but later hit on his seventh consecutive field goal, a 45-yarder, to give the Huskies a 9-3 lead.

The Zips' Bryan Williams returned the ensuing kickoff 58 yards, and Akron was in the end zone two minutes later on Arthur's touchdown.

The Zips drove to the UConn 3 just before halftime, but poor clock management allowed the time to run out before they could score. On second down with 24 seconds left, Jacquemain scrambled to the sideline and was forced out. Officials ruled his forward progress had been stopped before he went out of bounds, and allowed the clock to run. The Zips didn't realize what was happening and were lining up for a field goal as UConn players were running to the locker room.

Connecticut scored three third-quarter touchdowns, on drives of 60, 71, and 90 yards to put the game away.

Connecticut was one of 23 undefeated teams heading into Saturday, and one of just four not ranked in the AP Top 25.

Akron played without its top defender, defensive back John Mackey, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during the Zips' 27-20 win over Kent State last week. Mackey led the team in tackles and is its defensive captain.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
AKR
CONN
1st Downs1525
Total Yards251465
Passing145203
Rushing106262
Penalties7-5011-82
3rd Down Conversions7-185-12
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers11
Possession29:4030:20

Passing Leaders

AkronC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jacquemain19/281455.211
ConnecticutC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lorenzen17/262037.821

Rushing Leaders

AkronCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams13655.0024
Allen11413.7014
ConnecticutCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon121169.7155
Brown11655.9119

Receiving Leaders

AkronRECYDSAVGTDLG
Arthur88110.1119
Kennedy12222.0022
ConnecticutRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brouse36220.7034
Dixon45213.0132

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERAKRCONN
FG13:32Igor Iveljic 28 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 69 yds, 6:02
30
TD11:18Andre Dixon 9 Yd Pass From Tyler Lorenzen (Pat Failed)
Drive: 7 plays, 70 yds, 2:14
36
FG06:04Tony Ciaravino 45 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 52 yds, 3:10
39
TD04:04Jabari Arthur 6 Yd Pass From Chris Jacquemain (Igor Iveljic Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 28 yds, 2:00
109
TD03:50Tyvon Branch 97 Yd Kickoff Return (Tony Ciaravino Kick) 1016
THIRD QUARTERAKRCONN
TD11:09Donald Brown 5 Yd Run (Tony Ciaravino Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 60 yds, 2:28
1023
TD07:19Terence Jeffers 9 Yd Pass From Tyler Lorenzen (Tony Ciaravino Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 71 yds, 1:56
1030
TD02:23Andre Dixon 55 Yd Run (Tony Ciaravino Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 90 yds, 2:49
1037
FOURTH QUARTERAKRCONN
TD09:42Lou Allen 4 Yd Run (Tony Ciaravino Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 31 yds, 2:32
1044