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    Wednesday, May 29, 2024

    Roberson throws four TDs, UConn tops Sacred Heart 31-3 to end skid

    Storrs — Ta’Quan Roberson threw four touchdown passes and the UConn football team ended a four-game losing streak with a 31-3 victory over FCS program Sacred Heart on Saturday at Rentschler Field.

    It was the last home appearance for 18 UConn seniors, with the Huskies (2-9) finishing on the road next week against UMass.

    The Huskies had 209 yards rushing, led by sophomores Cam Edwards (12 carries, 90 yards) and Victor Rosa (11 carries, 74 yards).

    “Good to get a win at home,” UConn coach Jim Mora said, “especially with it being so many important players’ to this program’s last home game. And (it was) a chance to get some young guys a couple snaps at the end.”

    UConn got a field goal on its opening drive and followed with scoring passes of 45 yards to Cameron Ross and 12 yards to Justin Joly to lead 17-0 after one quarter.

    Following a field goal for the Pioneers (2-9), Roberson connected with Kylish Hicks for a 14-yard score in the closing seconds before halftime.

    Brett Buckman got the last touchdown on an 11-yard pass in the fourth quarter.

    Roberson was 22 of 35 passing for 201 yards, completing passes to eight different receivers. He also ran the ball four times for 30 yards.

    Rob McCoy was 17 of 26 passing for 146 of the Pioneers’ 224 yards.

    “It was nice,” said senior linebacker Jackson Mitchell, who led UConn with 11 tackles. “Getting a win anytime is huge. My last home game here for me it was exciting to get a win and it was a big win for us, our second one of the season, as were trying to finish the season strong.”

    Defensively, the Huskies held the Pioneers to 224 yards, 78 on the ground, and just 2 of 11 on third downs.

    Mitchell, who had 1.5 tackles for a loss, moved up to third all-time in the UConn record book with 433 career tackles.

    Redshirt sophomore defensive end Pryce Yates had six tackles, four for a loss, including a sack.

    “I thought we played good,” Mitchell said of the defensive effort. “Did what we expected; obviously I would have liked a shutout, but holding anyone to three points is good. The guys played hard and played good today.”

    On playing his final game at Rentschler Field?

    “I’m sure it’ll hit me at some point,” Mitchell said. “It kind of feels like any other game. Probably hit me more after UMass when I’m done playing at UConn altogether. Obviously, we have another game left so it’s not emotional right now.”

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