(Saturday, October 2nd)
Final Score: Connecticut 40, Vanderbilt 21
East Hartford, CT (Sports Network) - Jordan Todman carried 37 times for 190 yards and two touchdowns, as the Connecticut Huskies rallied for a 40-21 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores in non-conference play at Rentschler Field.
Cody Endres completed 21-of-30 passes for 179 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for UConn (3-2). He completed passes to eight different receivers in the victory.
Larry Smith paced the Vanderbilt (1-3) attack with 157 yards and two touchdowns on 15-of-25 passing, in addition to a team-high 64 rushing yards on 13 carries. However, Smith was also intercepted twice and sacked five times in the loss.
On the very first play of the game, Vanderbilt's Jonathan Krause lost a fumble to set UConn up with the ball on the Commodores' 12-yard line. Three plays later, Todman scored on a one-yard run to give UConn an early 7-0 lead.
The Huskies took a 14-0 lead at the 11:07 mark of the second quarter, when Todman found the end zone again on an 11-yard run.
Two minutes later, Vandy cut the deficit to 14-7 on Smith's eight-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Barden.
The Commodores knotted the score at 14-14 midway through the second quarter on Smith's 48-yard scoring strike to Udom Umoh.
Vandy continued to ride the momentum, as Krause burst free for a 44-yard touchdown scamper to give the Commodores a 21-14 lead with 5:26 to play until halftime.
UConn answered right back with a nine-play, 73-yard drive, which resulted in a six-yard touchdown pass from Endres to Kashif Moore, tying the score at 21-21.
The Huskies took the lead on the opening drive of the second half, as Endres found Corey Manning for a four-yard touchdown pass.
Huskies' kicker Dave Teggart added three more points on a 25-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to make it a 31-21 game.
UConn extended its lead to 38-21 midway through the fourth quarter on a 44- yard interception return by Blidi Wreh-Wilson. The Huskies later added a safety for the final margin.
Todman has now eclipsed 100 yards rushing in seven of his last eight games after missing last week's tilt against Buffalo with a left arm injury. The Huskies scored on all five of their red-zone trips, while Vandy was just 1- of-2 in the red zone. UConn also enjoyed a nearly 13-minute edge in time of possession.
10/02 17:05:44 ET