Two third-quarter rushing touchdowns by a pair of freshmen, running back Lyle McCombs and quarterback Scott McCummings, and a 47-yard field goal has helped the University of Connecticut take a commanding lead over Rutgers University, which will be trailing 40-10 heading into the fourth quarter of a Big East Conference game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. Rutgers (8-3, 4-2 Big East) is trying to win a share of the league title for the first time in program history, while UConn (4-6, 2-3) is doing a fantastic job of playing the spoiler.
Just 1:24 into the second half, McCombs, who tallied a rushing touchdown in the first quarter, capped a three-play, 41-yard drive by bulling his way in from four yards out. The drive began with excellent field possession thanks to a 54-yard kickoff return by junior wide receiver Nick Williams.
On UConn's next possession, the Huskies used just three plays to punch the ball into the end zone. McCummings, who also scored a rushing touchdown in the first quarter, ran in from 12 yards out to give the Huskies a 37-10 lead with 10:31 to go in the third quarter.
With 2:43 to play in the quarter, UConn senior kicker Dave Teggart nailed a 47-yard field goal.
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