Johnny McEntee was extremely erratic, throwing for 99 yards on 10-of-27 passing while also tossing three interceptions as the UConn Huskies dropped their first contest of the season, 24-21, to Vanderbilt on Saturday.
UConn (1-1) recorded 193 total yards on offense (104 passing, 89 rushing) in the loss while surrendering 259 yards to Vanderbilt - 141 through the air and 118 on the ground.
Larry Smith completed 12-of-24 passes for 140 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for Vanderbilt. Jerron Seymour rushed for 70 yards and a score on eight carries and Chris Boyd had two catches for 46 yards and a TD.
Dave Teggart opened scoring for the Huskies, connecting on a 25-yard field goal with 7:46 left in the first quarter. Vanderbilt responded with two first quarter touchdowns - a 42-yard pass from Smith to Boyd with 5:54 left and a 40-yard run from Seymour to put the Commodores up, 14-3.
UConn answered with another Teggart field goal from 28 yards out with 9:59 left in the third quarter and a blocked punt that Byron Jones recovered in the endzone with 7:47 to go in the third, cutting the Huskies' deficit to one, 14-13.
The Huskies took their only lead of the game with 10:34 left in the fourth quarter on Yawin Smallwood's 64-yard fumble return and a two-point conversion pass from McEntee to Ryan Griffin, putting UConn up 21-14.