(Saturday, October 17th)
Final Score: Connecticut 38, Louisville 25
East Hartford, CT (Sports Network) - Andre Dixon ran for 153 yards and three scores, carrying the Connecticut Huskies to a 38-25 win over the Louisville Cardinals in a Big East Conference showdown at Rentschler Field.
Cody Endres controlled the offense for the Huskies (4-2, 1-1 Big East), completing 14-of-21 pass attempts for 273 yards and a touchdown. Marcus Easley was Endres' favorite target, making six grabs for a career-high 108 yards and a score.
The Cardinals (2-4, 0-2) were paced by Adam Froman, who completed 24-of-31 pass attempts for 295 yards and a touchdown against two interceptions. Bilal Powell carried the load for Louisville, turning 29 carries into 87 yards and two scores.
UConn took an early first-quarter lead when Dixon busted off tackle for a 16- yard touchdown run.
The Cardinals tied the game 7-7 midway through the second quarter, with a one-yard touchdown plunge from Powell.
The Huskies regained the lead minutes later, as Dixon powered his way in from the one-yard line to give UConn the 14-7 edge.
Louisville scored again in the closing minutes of the first half, when Powell ran it in from three yards out. However, the extra-point was missed, sending the Cardinals into the locker room down 14-13.
UConn took control of the contest in the third quarter, scoring 17-unanswered points. The Huskies opened the scoring with a 16-yard touchdown strike from Endres to Easley. Dave Teggart added a 30-yard field goal late in the third quarter before Dixon finished off the scoring blitz with a one-yard touchdown.
Louisville responded on its opening drive of the fourth quarter when Victor Anderson scored on a two-yard touchdown run. The two-point attempt failed, making it a 31-19 game.
UConn answered late in the fourth quarter with a two-yard touchdown run from Jordan Todman to a 38-19 lead.
Froman finished his day with a four-yard touchdown strike to Blayne Donnell on the final snap of the game, but it would not be enough as the Cardinals cruised to a 38-25 victory.
The Huskies' defense put the team in a position to win, holding the Cardinals to just 3.4 yards per carry, while forcing four turnovers.
10/17 17:10:13 ET