UConn 16, South Florida 10

Lyle McCombs ran for 130 yards and Dave Teggart kicked three

field goals as Connecticut beat South Florida 16-10 on Saturday

without scoring an offensive touchdown.

Cornerback Byron Jones ran a third-quarter fumble back 10-yards

for what turned out to be the winning score after defensive tackle

Twyon Martin stripped South Florida running back Darrel Scott deep

in UConn territory.

B.J. Daniels threw for 164 yards and ran for 64 and a touchdown.

But the South Florida quarterback also threw two interceptions and

had a key fumble.

The Bulls (4-2, 0-2 Big East) failed to convert on a fourth down

with just under 2 1/2 minutes left, and the Huskies (3-4, 1-1) ran

out the clock.

A 32-yard run from Daniels had given the Bulls the ball in UConn

territory. But a fourth-down pass to Sterling Griffin was stopped

four yards short of the first-down marker.

Teggart, who beat South Florida with last-minute field goals in

their two previous meetings, hit from 18, 46, and 28 yards.

Connecticut won despite having just 253 yards of offense, and

much of that came from McCombs, who carried the ball 30 times and

recorded his fourth 100-yard game.

The Bulls defensive line spent much of the afternoon in UConn’s

backfield, tying a school record with seven sacks. The Huskies had

given up just 17 in their previous six games.

Daniels scored on the Bulls’ first drive of the second half with

a 22 yard scramble through the UConn defense, cutting left to leave

linebacker Yawin Smallwood behind on his way to the end zone to

give USF a 10-6 lead.

But Smallwood later made a key play, tipping a pass that Sio

Moore intercepted to stop a fourth-quarter drive.

Offensive mistakes and good defense kept both teams out of the

end zone in the first half.

USF defensive end Ryne Giddins had nine of his 11 tackles in the

first half, to go along with two sacks, a forced fumble.

But the Bulls managed just 75 yards of offense and two turnovers

before intermission.

The teams traded field goals in the first quarter. Maikon Bonani

hit a 23-yarder to open the scoring, and Teggart capped a 16-play

drive on the next possession with an 18-yarder.

Teggart hit a short kickoff into a strong wind and Marcus Shaw

returned the kick 79 yards to the UConn 8-yard line. But Daniels

errant pitchout on a second-down option play was picked up by

Conn’s Dwayne Gratz.

UConn gave the ball back a few plays later when McCombs fumbled.

But the Bulls failed to score, when a 46-yard field-goal attempt

into the wind fell short. He also missed a 44-yarder in the third

quarter that went wide left.

Teggart’s second field goal came just before halftime, a

46-yarder that capped a 15-play drive and made it 6-3. His third

field-goal, a 28-yarder, cut the lead to 10-9, less than a minute

before Martin and Jones teamed up for UConn’s defensive score. The

Husky offense has now gone two games without a touchdown.

South Florida coach Skip Holtz had not been back to Connecticut

since coaching the Huskies from 1994-1998. UConn was still a

Division I-AA program then, and Holtz led the school to the

Division I-AA playoffs in 1998, the school’s first postseason

appearance.

South Florida fell to 1-4 at Rentschler Field.

The Huskies improved to 7-1 in Big East home openers.