Tulane makes quick work of UConn 49-7
New Orleans — Justin McMillan completed 18 of 24 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 37 yards and another score as Tulane routed UConn 49-7 on Saturday in an American Athletic Conference football game at Yulman Stadium.
The Green Wave (5-1, 2-0) scored two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters and capped their scoring at 49-0 on Keon Howard's 14-yard TD pass to Jha'Quan Jackson in the fourth quarter. Howard relieved McMillan of quarterback duties in the third quarter and finished 8 of 10 for 92 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 42 yards for another TD.
"I think that is a sign of a mature team," said Tulane coach Willie Fritz, who wanted his team to avoid looking ahead to next week's showdown with No. 23 Memphis. "We talked all week about it and I know some guys look past games and that's when upsets occur. We're certainly not to a point where we can do that. I was excited about our effort and thought we had pretty good energy. I thought it was good."
Added safety PJ Hall: "We weren't even worried about the game next week. Everything this week was UConn, UConn, UConn. It didn't matter their record, didn't matter who we were playing, we were focused on them this week. When Monday comes around, we'll focus on Memphis then."
The Huskies (1-5, 0-3) avoided a shutout with 2:27 left in the game when freshman quarterback Jack Zergiotis, who relieved starter Mike Beaudry, connected with Cameron Hairston for a 16-yard TD pass.
Beaudry completed 15 of 24 passes for 101 yards. He was intercepted once.
Corey Dauphine led the Green Wave in rushing with 87 yards and touchdown on five carries.
Tulane outrushed UConn 311-100 and outgained the Huskies 634-234 in total offense.
The Huskies return home next Saturday to face Houston at noon at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
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