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Connecticut 38, Maine 0

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Tyler Lorenzen threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Connecticut beat Maine 38-0 Saturday night.

Lorenzen, a junior-college transfer starting his first home game, completed 17 of 26 passes for 186 yards and one interception. He also rushed for 35 yards.

Donald Brown ran for 87 yards on 20 carries, and Terence Jeffers had two touchdown receptions for the Huskies (2-0), who racked up 379 yards on offense.

The Connecticut defense held Maine (1-1) to just 152 total yards and didn't allow the Black Bears past the 50 until the third quarter.

UConn took a 7-0 lead on the second play of the game, when linebacker Scott Lutrus stepped in front of a Michael Brusko pass and went 25 yards down the right sideline.

The Huskies didn't score their first offensive touchdown until going into a 2-minute drill just before halftime. The Huskies drove 65 yards on nine plays, capped by a 6-yard touchdown pass from Lorenzen to Jeffers with just :06 left that put UConn up 17-0.

UConn's defense had no problem with the running of Maine, a team from the Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA. The Black Bears were caught in the backfield six times in the first half, and didn't have a first down until Jhamal Fluellen broke a 17-yard run with 8:45 left before intermission.

They didn't cross into UConn territory until the third quarter, on a drive that ended when Maine failed to convert on a fourth-and-3 from the UConn 35.

UConn took the ball from there and went 65 yards on 10 plays, scoring when Jeffers caught a lob in the left corner of the end zone from 2-yards out.

The Huskies went up 31-0 on a scramble by Lorenzen with 2:11 left in the third, and put the second team in for the fourth quarter.

Lou Allen responded by scoring on a 31-yard run a minute into the quarter for UConn.

Tony Ciaravino had a 24-yard field goal in the first quarter.

Fluellen, a transfer from Syracuse, ran for just 24 yards on 11 carries for Maine.

Brusko threw for just 24 yards while splitting time with red-shirt freshman Adam Farkes, who had 64 yards passing and an interception.

The Black Bears (1-1) have played well against bigger schools, but are now 1-5 all-time against the Bowl Subdivision. In 2004, Maine beat Mississippi State 9-7 before losing closer-than-expected games to Nebraska (25-7) in 2005 and Boston College (22-0) in 2006.

This was the 73rd meeting between the former Yankee Conference rivals. The teams have not played since 1999, and UConn now holds a 39-31-3 series lead.

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