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BC Stops UConn, 24-14

Quinton Porter hands the ball off during the second half.

Quinton Porter hands the ball off during the second half.

Sept 13, 2003

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AP Sports Writer

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Derrick Knight rushed for 170 yards and Quinton Porter threw a pair of touchdown passes to lead Boston College to a 24-14 win over Connecticut on Saturday.

Knight had 78 yards in the first half, including a key 34-yard run on third-and-3 to set up Sandro Sciortino's 40-yard field goal just before halftime. The Eagles (2-1) began the seven-play drive on their own 20 with less than two minutes left to take a 17-7 lead at intermission.

Boston College snapped UConn's six-game winning streak dating back to last season and also spoiled the first sellout at the new 40,000-seat Rentschler Field.

Will Blackmon led the BC defense with two interceptions and two tackles. The Eagles held Terry Caulley to 99 yards, stopping his string of 100-yard games at six.

UConn (2-1) remained winless over BC in the 11-game series that dates back to the early 1900s. The Eagles were making their first trip to Connecticut since 1927.

Porter went 14-of-27 for 156 yards. He and Jason Lilly hooked up for a 25-yard score in the first quarter on a third-and-14. He also hit David Kashetta for a 29-yard score in the third quarter.

Dan Orlovsky threw for 258 yards and two TDs for UConn. He completed 26 passes but was picked off three times. His 55 attempts set a school record.

Orlovsky threw a 13-yard score to Caulley to give UConn a quick 7-0 lead. BC countered with a 53-yard drive capped by Horace Dodd's 8-yard run. The Eagles closed out the first half with 10 points on Lilly's reception and Sciortino's field goal.

The Huskies wouldn't score again until midway through the third when Orlovsky hit Matt Cutaia with a 4-yard TD pass. UConn had its chances but Matt Nuzie missed two field goal attempts within 35 yards.

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