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Connecticut 48, Army 21

9/6/2003

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- After all the attention his team has
been getting in its second season as a Division I-A program,
Connecticut coach Randy Edsall had some concerns coming into
Saturday's game against Army.

He needn't have worried.

Dan Orlovsky threw for 317 yards and a school-record five
touchdowns as Connecticut defeated Army 48-21 and extended its
winning streak to six games dating to last season.

"I was a little nervous," Edsall said. "We've never been
given this much attention."

O'Neil Wilson caught two TD passes and Terry Caulley ran for 102
yards and two scores for the Huskies (2-0). It was the seventh
consecutive season-opening loss for the Black Knights (0-1).

"Obviously I'm not happy with the way we played today," Army
coach Todd Berry said. "Offensively we had no clue what we were
doing. We made multiple mistakes."

Zac Dahman, who replaced starter Reggie Nevels in the second
half, passed for two touchdowns and 143 yards.

Orlovsky and the Connecticut offense controlled the game from
the start, amassing 481 total yards. Orlovsky completed 26 of 36
attempts and threw two interceptions.

Connecticut capitalized on an illegal substitution penalty to
get on the board first.

Following the penalty, Orlovsky connected with Shaun Feldeisen
on a 19-yard pass and a roughing the passer call added 15 yards to
the play. That set up a 27-yard TD pass to Wilson with 3:37 left in
the first quarter.

UConn then had a six-play drive, capped when Deon Anderson
caught a 2-yard TD to start the second period.

"The offense started out slow. The defense kept us in it before
we got rolling," said Caulley, who ran for more than 100 yards for
the sixth straight game. "It feels good. It's a sloppy win, but we
won."

The Huskies mounted drives of 52, 49 and 65 yards in the second
quarter to take a 34-0 halftime lead with Orlovsky amassing 306
yards passing.

Army, coming off a 1-11 season last year, had just four first
downs in the first half and had zero yards rushing on 13 attempts.

"I thought our speed on defense was a big factor," Edsall
said. "They had trouble adjusting to it and our kids played very
hard."

Nevels went 9-of-22 for 57 yards before being replaced by
Dahman.

Dahman led a 62-yard scoring drive to open the second half. A
3-yard TD completion to tight end Christian Montagliani put Army on
the board with 11:23 to play in the third quarter.

In the next series, Army got the ball after a successful onside
kick. Dahman connected with Aaron Alexander for a 14-yard score to
end an 11-play drive.

"This team needs confidence," Berry said. "We have to get
past the past. We haven't been able to do that here and that's my
responsibility to change that."

Connecticut answered Army's scores with touchdowns by Shaun
Feldeisen and Caulley to end any hope of a comeback by the Black
Knights.

"I think we got caught looking ahead a little bit," Edsall
said. "If we play as hard as we can every play for 60 minutes, we
can be a good football team. If not, we're just average."