Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — The University at Buffalo didn't have star running back Bo Oliver or quite enough trick plays to come back from a 21-point second-half deficit on Saturday.
Quarterback Alex Zordich threw for 220 yards and ran for 76 more, but came up 2-yards short on a late fourth-down run and the Bulls (1-3) fell to Connecticut 24-17 on Saturday.
"We weren't able have some last-second heroics in that moment, but for us to utilize the clock wisely and our defense stepping up, gave us a chance," said Bulls coach Jeff Quinn.
UConn running backs Lyle McCombs and Martin Hyppolite combined for 157 yards rushing and two touchdowns to lead the Huskies.
Chandler Whitmer, who completed passes to eight different receivers, threw for 227 yards and another score as UConn (3-2) opened up a 24-7 lead in the third quarter and then held on.
"When you've got a lead like that, you've got to be able to finish and bury those guys," Whitmer said. "We've just got to do a better job."
McCombs, UConn's 166-pound tailback was the Huskies workhorse, carrying the ball 29 times for 97 yards. His 2-yard fourth-down touchdown run gave the Huskies a 24-7 lead with just over 5 minutes left in the third quarter.
"We were determined to try to run and use the clock and do those things once we got ahead a little bit," UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "I thought that at times we had some key runs today."
But Buffalo went into its bag of tricks to pull within 24-14. Zordich completed a 4-yard pass to Alex Neutz in the right flat, who then pitched the ball to running back Brandon Murie. He raced down the right sideline, breaking a Byron Jones' tackle on the way to a 50-yard touchdown.
"The coach really called it at a perfect time and we executed," Murie said. "Neutz took a big hit for me. He pitched it perfect, got drilled. But perfect pitch, perfect play."