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    Friday, March 01, 2024

    UConn football ends season with 31-18 victory over Minutemen

    Durante Jones of UConn (2) closes in on Kay'Ron Lynch-Adams of UMass, right, during the first quarter of Saturday’s game in Amherst, Mass. UConn finished the season with a 31-18 victory over the Minutemen. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

    Amherst, Mass. — Cam Edwards ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns and Mumu Bin-Wahad opened the scoring with a 45-yard pick-six to lead the UConn football team to a 31-18 win over UMass on Saturday in the season finale for both teams.

    UConn (3-9) led the entire way after Bin-Wahad's touchdown — the Huskies’ first pick-six since the 2021 season — with Joe McFadden kicking two field goals and Victor Rosa (71 yards) scoring on a 17-yard run for a 19-0 halftime lead.

    Edwards' 4- and 8-yard touchdowns in the second half helped keep the Huskies comfortably in front of the Minutemen.

    Ta’Quan Roberson threw for 184 yards and rushed for 36 more for UConn, which forced three turnovers on defense and limited the Minutemen to just 59 yards rushing. The Huskies finished the season with back-to-back victories.

    UConn forced turnovers on the first two UMass possessions, as the Minutemen fumbled on their first drive, recovered by Jelani Stafford, and Bin-Wahad’s interception on the next series gave the Huskies a 6-0 lead.

    The defense forced its third turnover of the first quarter in the closing seconds as Jackson Mitchell (seven tackles) forced a fumble, setting the Huskies up on the UMass 28-yard line. UConn picked up a first down but the offense stalled and settled for a 31-yard field goal by McFadden to make it 9-0 at 13:42 in the second quarter.

    A 30-yard by McFadden made it 12-0 and UConn linebacker Noah Plack then got pressure and a partial block on a UMass punt which, combined with a holding penalty on UMass, gave the Huskies the ball on the opposing 27-yard line, setting up Rosa for a touchdown to make it 19-0.

    Taisun Phommachanh threw for 212 yards with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Gino Campiotti and an interception for UMass (3-9). Kay'Ron Lynch-Adams rushed for 51 yards and two scores. Lynch-Adams finished with 1,157 yards to become the program’s FBS-era single-season rushing leader.

    UConn’s Mitchell finished his UConn career with 438 tackles, third in program history.

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