EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -
ran for 146 yards and four first-half touchdowns as Connecticut won its season opener 35-3 over Hofstra on Thursday.
It was the Huskies' seventh win without a loss against Championship Subdivision teams since UConn started playing major college
football in 2002.
Brown, a junior, split time with
a year ago. But Dixon rolled an ankle in practice this week, leaving Brown to carry the load. Brown had two touchdowns in
each of the first two quarters, and 130 yards rushing at halftime. He finished with 23 carries in less than three quarters
Hofstra announced just before kickoff that senior quarterback
would miss the game with an injured back. Junior
took his place, throwing for 130 yards and two interceptions. He also carried the ball 21 times for just 25 yards, and was
sacked seven times.
was 14-for-25 for 184 yards, and three interceptions, two of them as UConn appeared to be going in for touchdowns. Lorenzen
had just six interceptions in all of 2007.
Brown had another touchdown run called back because of a penalty and the Huskies also had an 85-yard return by
on the opening kick nullified by a holding call away from the ball.
UConn went three-and-out on the first drive, but Hofstra gave the ball back on its own 1 when returner
muffed the punt.
Brown scored on the next play, then ran for 52 of the 60 yards in Connecticut's next scoring drive, which ended with another
A Hofstra penalty for too many men on the field during a UConn punt set up a 19-yard Brown touchdown run, and he scored again
from 2-yards out with 41 seconds left in the half.
Another Hofstra penalty on a punt, this one for roughing the kicker, led to a 2-yard touchdown from redshirt freshman tailback
in the fourth quarter.
Hofstra's points came on a 28-yard, third-quarter field goal from Brian Hanley that was set up by a 54-yard interception return
An interception by
set Hofstra up at the UConn 12 yard line later in the quarter, but the Pride failed to convert on a fourth down.
UConn was undefeated at home last year and now has an eight-game winning streak at Rentschler Field.