for this game

Brown, UConn spoil Buffalo's bowl debut

Jan 4, 2009 - 6:00 AM TORONTO (Ticker) -- In a spectacular season, Donald Brown saved his best for last.

Brown, the leading rusher in the Football Bowl Subdivision, ran for 261 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries Saturday as Connecticut defeated Buffalo, 38-20, in the International Bowl.

Following the game, Brown announced he would give up his senior season at UConn to enter the NFL draft.

Saturday marked the second straight International Bowl in which a running back dominated. Last year, Rutgers' Ray Rice ran for a school-record 280 yards in a 52-30 win over Ball State.

UConn (8-5) overcame five turnovers - all in the first half - to spoil the bowl debut of Buffalo (8-6), which was coming off a 42-24 upset of then-unbeaten Ball State in the Mid-American Conference championship game.

It was the school's first MAC championship and marked the first time in program history it accepted an invitation to a bowl - a feat not lost on Buffalo coach Turner Gill.

"I'm proud of those guys, they have started a legacy," Gill said of his team, specifically the seniors. "They have left a legacy of expectation, an expectation of winning ... and that's what it's all about.

"They have set the tone, they have set the program - they have made this program nationally known, internationally known - and I'm proud of these young men."

Buffalo, which joined the FBS in 1999, had its first winning season since 1996. The Bulls' coach expects that success to continue.

"This is not going to be a one-year wonder at Buffalo," Gill said. "We are going to be challenging for championships every year. I look forward to that, and our players look forward to it."

It was a bizarre game as UConn quarterback Tyler Lorenzen did not complete his first pass until there was 5:22 remaining in the third quarter - a 4-yard touchdown strike to Steve Brouse that put the Huskies ahead for good at 24-20.

However, the Bulls were bullied by Brown, who finished the campaign with a school-record 2,083 yards.

UConn dominated the contest from the outset, outgaining Buffalo, 225-94, in the first half, and scored the game's final 28 points.

"Obviously, we didn't execute as well as we hoped for, but a lot of that has to do with Connecticut," Gill said. "They were the best football team today."

Lorenzen added a 15-yard TD run - his second of the game - to make it 31-20 with 4:44 remaining in the contest before Dahna Deleston returning an interception 100 yards to complete the scoring.

Buffalo stayed in the game because of the turnovers - two of which came on special teams - and held a 20-17 lead at halftime.

During a stretch of just over 5 1/2 minutes, the Bulls scored 17 straight points off three Huskies' fumbles.

UConn's Jasper Howard dropped a punt and kicked the ball into the end zone, where Buffalo's Anthony Long fell on it to tie the contest at 10-10 with 11:36 left in the half.

On UConn's ensuing possession, Lorenzen fumbled while getting sacked, leading to A.J. Principe's 29-yard field goal.

The Huskies continued to have trouble holding on to the ball as Robbie Frey fumbled at the 4-yard line. James Starks ran into the end zone on the next play, giving Buffalo a 20-10 advantage.

Lorenzen's 13-yard TD run pulled the Huskies within 20-17 at the intermission. UConn still trailed even though Brown rushed for 208 yards on 16 carries in the first half.






  • 30
    roots
    #1 Cards Fan Added 10 roots

    Buffalo 20, Connecticut 38  FinalJan 3 5:52 PM


  • INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    AT TORONTO
    NCAAF FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 3 17 0 0 20
    CONNECTICUT 7 10 7 14 38 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BUFFALO - FG, A.J. PRINCIPE 38 YD, 10:34.
    BUFFALO 3-0
    CONNECTICUT - TD, DONALD BROWN 45 YD RUN (DAVE
    TEGGART KICK), 10:53.
    CONNECTICUT 7-3
    2ND QUARTER: CONNE

    Jan 3 3:30 PM


  • INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    AT TORONTO
    NCAAF INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    TD CONNECTICUT
    DAHNA DELESTON 100 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (DAVE TEGGART KICK)
    BUFFALO 20
    CONNECTICUT 38 2:15 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Buffalo 20, Connecticut 38  4th - 2:15Jan 3 3:22 PM


  • INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    AT TORONTO
    NCAAF INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    TD CONNECTICUT
    TYLER LORENZEN 15 YD RUN
    (DAVE TEGGART KICK)
    BUFFALO 20
    CONNECTICUT 31 4:44 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Buffalo 20, Connecticut 31  4th - 4:44Jan 3 3:09 PM
  • 20
    roots
    RUWTbot Took away 22 roots

    Buffalo 20, Connecticut 31  4th - 4:44Jan 3 3:09 PM
  • 42
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 22 roots (Close Finish)

    Buffalo 20, Connecticut 24  4th - 5:55Jan 3 3:06 PM


  • INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    AT TORONTO
    NCAAF END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 3 17 0 20
    CONNECTICUT 7 10 7 24 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BUFFALO - FG, A.J. PRINCIPE 38 YD, 10:34.
    BUFFALO 3-0
    CONNECTICUT - TD, DONALD BROWN 45 YD RUN (DAVE
    TEGGART KICK), 10:53.
    CONNECTICUT 7-3
    2ND QUART

    Jan 3 2:43 PM


  • INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    AT TORONTO
    NCAAF INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    TD CONNECTICUT
    STEVE BROUSE 4 YD PASS FROM TYLER LORENZEN
    (DAVE TEGGART KICK)
    BUFFALO 20
    CONNECTICUT 24 5:22 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Buffalo 20, Connecticut 24  3rd - 5:22Jan 3 2:30 PM


  • INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    AT TORONTO
    NCAAF HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 3 17 20
    CONNECTICUT 7 10 17 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BUFFALO - FG, A.J. PRINCIPE 38 YD, 10:34.
    BUFFALO 3-0
    CONNECTICUT - TD, DONALD BROWN 45 YD RUN (DAVE
    TEGGART KICK), 10:53.
    CONNECTICUT 7-3
    2ND QUARTER:

    Jan 3 1:43 PM
  • 20
    roots
    alacy52 Added 5 roots

    Buffalo 20, Connecticut 17  2nd - 1:00Jan 3 1:39 PM


  • INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    AT TORONTO
    NCAAF INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    TD CONNECTICUT
    TYLER LORENZEN 13 YD RUN
    (DAVE TEGGART KICK)
    BUFFALO 20
    CONNECTICUT 17 4:01 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Buffalo 20, Connecticut 17  2nd - 4:01Jan 3 1:30 PM


  • INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    AT TORONTO
    NCAAF INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    TD BUFFALO
    JAMES STARKS 4 YD RUN
    (A.J. PRINCIPE KICK)
    BUFFALO 20
    CONNECTICUT 10 7:55 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Buffalo 20, Connecticut 10  2nd - 7:55Jan 3 1:19 PM


  • INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    AT TORONTO
    NCAAF INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    FG BUFFALO
    29 YD
    BUFFALO 13
    CONNECTICUT 10 8:22 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Buffalo 13, Connecticut 10  2nd - 8:22Jan 3 1:11 PM


  • INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    AT TORONTO
    NCAAF INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    TD BUFFALO
    RAY ANTHONY LONG RECOVERED FUMBLE IN END ZONE
    (A.J. PRINCIPE KICK)
    BUFFALO 10
    CONNECTICUT 10 11:36 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Buffalo 10, Connecticut 10  2nd - 11:36Jan 3 1:00 PM


  • INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    AT TORONTO
    NCAAF INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    FG CONNECTICUT
    DAVE TEGGART 32 YD
    BUFFALO 3
    CONNECTICUT 10 14:11 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Buffalo 3, Connecticut 10  2nd - 14:11Jan 3 12:52 PM


  • INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    AT TORONTO
    NCAAF END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 3 3
    CONNECTICUT 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BUFFALO - FG, A.J. PRINCIPE 38 YD, 10:34.
    BUFFALO 3-0
    CONNECTICUT - TD, DONALD BROWN 45 YD RUN (DAVE
    TEGGART KICK), 10:53.
    CONNECTICUT 7-3

    Jan 3 12:46 PM


  • INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    AT TORONTO
    NCAAF INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    TD CONNECTICUT
    DONALD BROWN 45 YD RUN
    (DAVE TEGGART KICK)
    BUFFALO 3
    CONNECTICUT 7 4:07 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Buffalo 3, Connecticut 7  1st - 4:07Jan 3 12:35 PM


  • INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    AT TORONTO
    NCAAF INTERNATIONAL BOWL
    FG BUFFALO
    A.J. PRINCIPE 38 YD
    BUFFALO 3
    CONNECTICUT 0 4:26 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Buffalo 3, Connecticut 0  1st - 4:26Jan 3 12:29 PM
  • 15
    roots
    GREGnKY Added 5 roots

    Buffalo vs. ConnecticutJan 3 6:06 AM
  • 10
    roots
    Lemonman Added 5 roots

    Buffalo vs. ConnecticutJan 3 12:51 AM
  • 5
    roots
    bouch Added 5 roots

    Buffalo vs. ConnecticutJan 2 2:15 PM