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UConn rallies to beat Holy Cross 27-20 in Edsall's return

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Randy Edsall got another chance to coach UConn on Thursday night and Bryant Shirreffs got another chance to quarterback the Huskies.

It worked out for both of them.

Shirreffs came off the bench to lead UConn on three second-half scoring drives and the Huskies came from behind to beat Holy Cross 27-20 as Edsall began his second stint as head coach.

''It was great to be back here, but it's not about me,'' Edsall said.

Sophomore running back Nate Hopkins ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns in his UConn debut and receiver Hergy Mayala caught nine balls for 106 yards and a score.

Fifth-year senior Peter Pujals threw for 358 yards and a touchdown for Holy Cross, from the Football Championship Subdivision, which led 20-7 late in the third quarter.

That's when Shirreffs replaced David Pindell, a junior college transfer who could not get the Husky offense going despite throwing for 154 yards.

''I think it helps that I have some experience,'' said Shirreffs, a fifth-year senior who lost his starting job late last season. ''I know the guys and I've played with most of the guys and I've been in the environment before. But really what it came down to is that I prepared for this game than I did any other game in the past.''

He immediately led UConn on a five-play, 53-yard touchdown drive, capped by Hopkins' 3-yard run.

The Huskies got the lead back at 21-20 on an 11-yard pass from Shirreffs to Mayala in the front left corner of the end zone to complete a 59-yard fourth-quarter drive. The final score came after defensive back Tre Bell knocked the ball out of the arms of Holy Cross receiver Blaise Bell. UConn drove 47 yards and Hopkins punched the ball in from a yard out.

UConn's defense ended a late Crusaders' scoring threat, stopping a Pujals run on fourth down at the UConn 15.

Bell caught 10 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown for Holy Cross.

THE TAKEAWAY

HOLY CROSS: The Crusaders, playing their first game against an FBS opponent since 2002, gave UConn a major scare. They led by 13 points at the half after two UConn fumbles set up two touchdowns. The first turnover, by Pindell at the UConn 32, set up Pujals' 19-yard touchdown pass to Bell, which gave the Crusaders a 10-7 lead. The second came from freshman Jordan Swann on a kickoff following a 20-yard A.J. Wells field goal. Holy Cross got the ball at the Huskies 21, and scored on a 6-yard touchdown run by Diquan Walker.

''There are no moral victories in football, but we did an awful lot of good things out there tonight,'' said Holy Cross coach Tom Gilmore.

UCONN: Edsall, rehired in the offseason after a six-year absence, is now 75-70 at UConn. His last game as UConn coach was a 48-20 loss in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. Shirreffs hasn't started a game since Oct. 29 of last year against East Carolina. Edsall would not say whether he would get the nod over Pindell next week.

OUT: UConn lost two key defensive cogs in the game. Defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi was called for targeting on a hit to Pujals' head early in the game and will miss the first half of next week's game against South Florida. Senior linebacker Junior Joseph was taken to the locker room with an undisclosed injury in the third quarter and did not return.

UP NEXT

HOLY CROSS: The Crusaders play a second consecutive road game to start the season, traveling to Pennsylvania to face Bucknell on Sept. 9

UCONN: It does not get easier for the Huskies, who are back at home on Sept. 9, hosting No. 19 South Florida in the team's first conference game of the season.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Point After Touchdown 6:27
40-M.Tarbutt extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
20
27
Touchdown 6:27
11-N.Hopkins runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
7
plays
-11
yds
02:00
pos
20
27
Point After TD 12:02
40-M.Tarbutt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
21
Touchdown 12:02
4-B.Shirreffs complete to 1-H.Mayala. 1-H.Mayala runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
1
yds
02:27
pos
20
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:15
40-M.Tarbutt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
14
Touchdown 0:15
11-N.Hopkins runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
-5
yds
01:18
pos
20
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:35
36-A.Wells extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
7
Touchdown 3:35
3-D.Walker runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
-32
yds
00:46
pos
19
7
Field Goal 4:42
36-A.Wells 20 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
-3
yds
04:27
pos
13
7
Point After TD 10:04
36-A.Wells extra point is good. Team penalty on UCONN Offside declined.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 10:04
6-P.Pujals complete to 5-B.Bell. 5-B.Bell runs 19 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
-9
yds
03:06
pos
9
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:10
40-M.Tarbutt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 0:10
11-N.Hopkins runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
38
yds
03:22
pos
3
6
Field Goal 3:32
36-A.Wells 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
14
plays
72
yds
4:49
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 25 19
Rushing 4 8
Passing 19 10
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 4-17 5-14
4th Down Conv 2-4 0-2
Total Net Yards 436 439
Total Plays 82 78
Avg Gain 5.3 5.6
Net Yards Rushing 89 161
Rush Attempts 26 37
Avg Rush Yards 3.4 4.4
Net Yards Passing 347 278
Comp. - Att. 33-56 28-41
Yards Per Pass 6.2 6.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-11 0-0
Penalties - Yards 14-100 4-20
Touchdowns 2 4
Rushing TDs 1 3
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 4
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 4-4
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 6-46.2 6-40.0
Return Yards 23 79
Punts - Returns 2-2 2-18
Kickoffs - Returns 1-21 3-61
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 4/5 3/4
Extra Points 2/2 3/4
Field Goals 2/3 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Holy Cross 0-1 3170020
Connecticut 1-0 7071327
347 PASS YDS 278
89 RUSH YDS 161
436 TOTAL YDS 439
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
P. Pujals 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.9% 358 1 0 118.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.9% 358 1 0 118.5
P. Pujals 33/56 358 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Cozier 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 42 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 42 0
D. Cozier 4 42 0 21
G. Guild 31 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 32 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 32 0
G. Guild 5 32 0 23
D. Walker 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 16 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 16 1
D. Walker 5 16 1 6
M. Alexander 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
M. Alexander 3 7 0 4
R. DeNicola 83 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
R. DeNicola 1 5 0 5
P. Pujals 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 0 0
P. Pujals 6 0 0 10
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
B. Bell 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 129 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 129 1
B. Bell 10 129 1 21
R. DeNicola 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 87 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 87 0
R. DeNicola 10 87 0 14
J. Montgomery 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 59 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 59 0
J. Montgomery 7 59 0 15
M. Dorsey 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 44 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 44 0
M. Dorsey 3 44 0 20
D. Mountain 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 35 0
D. Mountain 2 35 0 19
M. Alexander 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
M. Alexander 1 4 0 4
D. Cozier 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. Cozier 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
P. Zobrest 56 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Zobrest 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Wells 36 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
2/3 2/2
A. Wells 2/3 25 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
W. McGrail 98 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 46.2 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 46.2 2
W. McGrail 6 46.2 2 75
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Muhammad 20 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
A. Muhammad 1 21.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. DeNicola 83 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 1.0 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 1.0 5 0
R. DeNicola 2 1.0 5 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Pindell 5 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.9% 154 0 0 114.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.9% 154 0 0 114.1
D. Pindell 19/28 154 0 0
B. Shirreffs 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.2% 124 1 0 174.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.2% 124 1 0 174.7
B. Shirreffs 9/13 124 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
N. Hopkins 11 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 130 3
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 130 3
N. Hopkins 20 130 3 37
D. Pindell 5 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 33 0
D. Pindell 6 33 0 13
A. Newsome 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 1 0
A. Newsome 8 1 0 4
J. Thompson 48 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
J. Thompson 1 -1 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
H. Mayala 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 106 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 106 1
H. Mayala 9 106 1 28
A. Newsome 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 44 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 44 0
A. Newsome 2 44 0 34
K. Dixon 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 38 0
K. Dixon 5 38 0 12
A. McLean 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 36 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 36 0
A. McLean 3 36 0 24
T. Beals 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 21 0
T. Beals 5 21 0 7
A. Bloom 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 18 0
A. Bloom 1 18 0 18
Q. Skanes 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 13 0
Q. Skanes 2 13 0 8
N. Hopkins 11 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 2 0
N. Hopkins 1 2 0 2
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Ormsby 57 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
C. Ormsby 1-0 1.0 0
C. Britton 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
C. Britton 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Tarbutt 40 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/4
SEASON FG XP
0/0 3/4
M. Tarbutt 0/0 0 3/4 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Graham 81 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 40.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 40.0 2
B. Graham 6 40.0 2 44
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Swann 30 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 29 0
J. Swann 2 21.0 29 0
J. Thompson 48 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
J. Thompson 1 19.0 19 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Swann 30 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 9.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 9.0 18 0
J. Swann 2 9.0 18 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:35 HOLY 25 1:56 5 -2 Punt
9:00 HOLY 20 5:28 15 72 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 HOLY 29 1:17 5 14 Punt
13:10 UCONN 34 3:06 9 34 TD
9:09 HOLY 38 4:27 11 -3 FG
4:21 UCONN 21 0:46 5 26 TD
2:37 HOLY 16 1:22 4 7 Punt
0:18 HOLY 41 0:00 1 -2 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 HOLY 21 3:07 8 48 FG Miss
7:45 HOLY 6 2:12 4 18 Punt
3:40 HOLY 20 1:56 4 9 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 HOLY 26 0:22 2 1 Punt
12:02 HOLY 25 1:44 8 38
8:59 HOLY 17 0:18 3 19 FUMBLE
6:27 HOLY 25 2:34 9 60
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UCONN 25 1:16 3 8 Punt
11:33 UCONN 28 2:26 6 13 Punt
3:32 UCONN 29 3:22 12 71 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:35 UCONN 13 0:16 2 21
9:58 UCONN 28 0:41 3 -3 Punt
3:35 UCONN 37 0:50 3 3 Punt
1:07 UCONN 42 0:41 6 17
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:41 UCONN 21 3:48 11 73 Punt
5:21 UCONN 1 1:32 5 44 Punt
1:33 UCONN 47 1:18 6 -5 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:29 UCONN 41 2:27 9 1 TD
10:13 UCONN 37 1:06 3 5 FUMBLE
8:27 HOLY 47 2:00 7 -11 TD
3:46 UCONN 15 3:07 7 18 End of game