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UConn coach Bob Diaco gets first collegiate win as Huskies beat Stony Brook 19-16

  • Connecticut quarterback Chandler Whitmer (10) throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Stony Brook at Rentschler Field, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Connecticut quarterback Chandler Whitmer (10) throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Stony Brook at Rentschler Field, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Connecticut quarterback Chandler Whitmer (10) throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Stony Brook at Rentschler Field, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Connecticut quarterback Chandler Whitmer (10) throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Stony Brook at Rentschler Field, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Connecticut wide receiver Geremy Davis (85) pulls in a pass for a touchdown in the end zone as Stony Brook's Jaheem Woods (8), and Naim Cheeseboro (22) look on during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Rentschler Field, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Connecticut wide receiver Geremy Davis (85) pulls in a pass for a touchdown in the end zone as Stony Brook's Jaheem Woods (8), and Naim Cheeseboro (22) look on during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Rentschler Field, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

UConn's Deshon Foxx returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown and the Huskies held off Stony Brook 19-16 on Saturday to give Bob Diaco his first victory as a collegiate head coach.

The Seawolves (0-2), a FCS team that lost to Bryant a week ago, led much of the first half and trailed just 12-10 at halftime.

Foxx gave UConn (1-1) a 19-10 lead in the third quarter when he grabbed a 61-yard Luke Allen punt that had bounced over his head, turned left, then reversed field and found a seam down the middle.

Stony Brook, which outgained UConn 300 yards to 223, put together a 14-play, 88-yard drive in the fourth quarter, capped by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Conor Bednarski to Will Tye. But the Seawolves failed to recover an onside kick, and the Huskies held on for the win.