EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Cornell Brockington
scored his second touchdown on a one-yard run with 26 seconds
left as Connecticut capitalized on a late special teams mistake
to defeat Rutgers, 38-31.
Rutgers turned the ball over four times and made a critical
miscue with Tres Moses muffed a punt and Mike McIntosh recovered
at the Rutgers 6 with 1:19 remaining.
Brockington went into the end zone three plays later as the
Huskies (8-3) won their fourth straight game and made their case
for an at-large bowl berth. Connecticut closes its regular
season next week at Wake Forest.
Brockington carried 16 times for 64 yards and also scored on a
15-yard third-quarter run for the Huskies, who erased a
double-digit deficit for the second straight week.
Connecticut came back from a 17-0 hole to defeat Western
Michigan last week and trailed 17-7 at halftime on Saturday.
The Huskies have won 11 of their last 15 games dating to last
season and have won six straight games in November.
Dan Orlovsky of Connecticut completed 17-of-32 passes for 222
yards and two scores, including a 72-yard touchdown pass to
Keron Henry with 4:25 left that gave the Huskies a 31-24 lead.
Brian Leonard had a big day for Rutgers (4-6), carrying 33 times
for 184 yards and two touchdowns. His 35-yard TD run with 1:52
left tied the game at 31-31.
Leonard had a one-yard TD run late in the third quarter to give
Rutgers a 24-21 lead. Connecticut tied it midway through the
final quarter on a 25-yard field goal by Matt Nuzie.
Rutgers built its 10-point halftime lead on two touchdowns by
Markis Facyson. He returned a blocked kick 36 yards for a score
and caught a 26-yard TD pass from Ryan Hart.