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    Sunday, June 23, 2024

    Brown, Wright rally South Florida to 24-21 victory over UConn football

    East Hartford — Byrum Brown and Nay'Quan Wright had fourth-quarter touchdown runs to rally South Florida to a 24-21 victory over UConn on Saturday.

    South Florida (4-4) trailed 21-10 after Camryn Edwards scored on a 33-yard run for UConn (1-6) with 12:48 left in the game.

    Brown answered with a 6-yard touchdown run to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive to pull the Bulls within four points. Wright added a 4-yard scoring run at the end of a nine-play, 90-yard drive to give USF the lead with 4:02 remaining.

    UConn got the ball back but fumbled on third-and-six with 2:15 to play.

    “That was a gut wrencher there, a gut grinder,” UConn coach Jim Mora said. “When you play your ass off, when the players played as hard as they could play, when it came down to it, we didn’t do enough as a team to win it. So, a very painful loss.”

    Mora said the final fumble, by quarterback Ta’Quan Roberson, “was just a kid trying to make a play.”

    “He’s trying to make a play: he’s a playmaker,” Mora said. “That play didn’t lose us the game. ... We didn’t perform. When I say ‘we,’ that includes coaches and players. We didn’t perform: we didn’t make tackles, we didn’t give the right call and you can only hope to hold an offensive team like that down for so long.”

    Wright scored on a 1-yard run to give the Bulls a 7-0 lead after one quarter.

    Roberson scored on a 24-yard run 56 seconds into the second quarter to pull the Huskies even. John Cannon kicked a 45-yard field goal for South Florida before Edwards' touchdown run gave the Huskies an 11-point lead.

    Brown completed 27 of 39 passes for 206 yards with an interception for the Bulls. Wright totaled 186 yards on 26 carries.

    Roberson had 175 yards on 19 of 34 passing with an interception for the independent Huskies. Edwards finished with 149 yards on 22 carries.

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