EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Arkeel Newsome had a 90-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to help break open a close game and UConn beat East Carolina 31-13 on Friday night.

Newsome, who also had a 2-yard touchdown run, had 244 all-purpose yards, including 179 yards rushing for Connecticut (4-5, 2-3 American). The Huskies had lost five of their previous six games.

Bryant Shirreffs completed 12 of 21 passes for 184 yards with one passing touchdown and one rushing TD.

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