AMES, Iowa (Ticker) -- Connecticut might be ready for the Big East Conference right now.
Dan Orlovsky passed for three touchdowns and Terry Cauley rushed for 191 yards and a score on 32 carries as the Huskies concluded a late-season surge by rallying for a 37-20 victory over Iowa State.
Connecticut (6-6) scored 24 unanswered points after falling behind, 20-10, early in the third quarter to end the season with a four-game winning streak and conclude its third year at the Division I-A level.
The Huskies move into a new stadium next season but do not join the Big East Conference until 2005.
The loss concluded a late-season collapse for Iowa State (7-6), which dropped five of its last six games.
The Cyclones grabbed a 20-10 lead on Brian Thompson's 29-yard TD run with 11:01 remaining in the third quarter. But the Huskies answered on Cauley's 68-yard TD run just 45 seconds later and took the lead for good on Orlovsky's 24-yard TD strike to Wes Timko with 3:15 remaining in the third period.
Connecticut made it 31-20 on Orlovsky's 53-yard TD pass to Jason Williams, then put away on the contest on a pair of field goals by Marc Hickok.
Seneca Wallace, considered a Heisman Trophy candidate early in the year, ended the regular season with a lackluster performance for the Cyclones. He completed just 19-of-44 passes for 216 yards with four interceptions.
Iowa State was held to 152 yards on the ground, with Hiawatha Rutland rushing 76 yards and a score on 18 carries.