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Connecticut 28, Central Connecticut State 3

Associated Press

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Zion Turner passed for two touchdowns in his first start, Nathan Carter rushed for 123 yards and a score and UConn cruised past FCS member Central Connecticut 28-3 for coach Jim Mora's first victory with the Huskies.

In last week's 31-20 loss to Utah State, the freshman Turner came in after just 10 offensive plays after Ta'Quan Roberson left with a knee injury. Turner's first pass resulted in an interception.

Things were difference against CCSU. Carter, who rushed for a career-high 190 yards last week, led the way on the ground as UConn (1-1) rushed for 274 yards and held CCSU to 242 total yards.

Brian Brewton had 10 of UConn's 54 carries and rushed for 62 yards, and Victor Rosa added his first career touchdown on the ground.

Romelo Williams, who threw for 1,452 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, was 16-of-30 passing for 164 yards with an interception for CCSU (0-1), which is coming off a 4-7 season in 2021. Malik Thomas rushed for 63 yards on five carries and Kyren Petteway caught six passes for 61 yards.

Mora, the former NFL and UCLA coach is trying to rebuild a program that didn't play football in 2020 because of the pandemic, went 1-11 a year ago and have won just four games since the end of the 2017 season.


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter CentCtUConn
CentCt FG 11:32 Cristiano Rosa 35 yard field goal 3 0
UConn TD 6:02 Brandon Niemenski 11 yard TD pass from Zion Turner (Noe Ruelas Extra Point) 3 7
Third Quarter CentCtUConn
UConn TD 2:55 Nathan Carter 17 yard TD run (Noe Ruelas Extra Point) 3 14
Fourth Quarter CentCtUConn
UConn TD 11:19 Jacob Flynn 10 yard TD pass from Zion Turner (Noe Ruelas Extra Point) 3 21
UConn TD 0:36 Victor Rosa 11 yard TD run (Noe Ruelas Extra Point) 3 28
Team Stats
  Central Connecticut State Connecticut
First downs 13 28
  Rushing 6 22
  Passing 6 5
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-11, 27% 14-19, 74%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 21-89 54-274
Passing Yards 164 172
Return Yards 60 76
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-30-1 14-23-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-16 2-16
Punts 5 2
Fumbles Lost 1-0 2-2
Penalties - Yards 5-30 8-55
Central Connecticut State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Williams 16 30 164 0 1
Connecticut Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Z. Turner 14 22 172 2 1
C. Millen 0 1 0 0 0
Central Connecticut State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Thomas 5 63 12.6 0
N. Smith 9 21 2.3 0
K. Petteway 1 17 17.0 0
A. Hawkom 1 0 0.0 0
R. Williams 4 -11 -2.8 0
Connecticut Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
N. Carter 23 123 5.3 1
B. Brewton 10 62 6.2 0
D. Houston 4 41 10.3 0
Z. Turner 9 24 2.7 0
V. Rosa 2 10 5.0 1
C. Millen 2 9 4.5 0
D. Harrison 1 4 4.0 0
R. Burns 1 3 3.0 0
A. Turner 1 -1 -1.0 0
Central Connecticut State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Petteway 6 61 10.2 0
I. Williams 3 30 10.0 0
M. Thomas 1 30 30.0 0
E. Surratt 2 17 8.5 0
E. Wormley 1 17 17.0 0
N. Smith 3 9 3.0 0
Connecticut Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Turner 2 57 28.5 0
K. Clercius 2 18 9.0 0
D. Houston 1 18 18.0 0
N. Carter 1 18 18.0 0
B. Brewton 3 17 5.7 0
B. Niemenski 1 11 11.0 1
J. Flynn 1 10 10.0 1
D. Harrison 1 9 9.0 0
R. Dixon 1 8 8.0 0
B. Estes 1 6 6.0 0
Central Connecticut State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
H. Miles 1 0
Connecticut Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Bouyer-Randle 1 39
Central Connecticut State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Clark 5 168 33.6
Connecticut Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
G. Caratan 2 96 48.0
Central Connecticut State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Connecticut Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Harrison 2 23 11.5
Central Connecticut State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
I. Williams 1 15 15.0
K. Petteway 1 22 22.0
E. Wormley 1 23 23.0
Connecticut Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Brewton 1 14 14.0
Central Connecticut State Missed FG
Player Length
C. Rosa 48
C. Rosa 14
Connecticut Missed FG
Player Length
N. Ruelas 45




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