1:00 PM ET, September 6, 2003
Michie Stadium, West Point, NY
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."
"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."
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."