The Connecticut Post
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The UConn football team may have discovered a running back, settled on a quarterback, and awoken a powerful defense, but none of it was enough to secure a much-needed victory.

Aided by one defensive touchdown and another from its special teams, Rutgers_fans 15th-ranked Rutgers beat UConn 24-13 before an announced crowd of 41,077 Sunday night at Rutgers Stadium.

UConn's Donald Brown, a redshirt freshman running back from nearby Atlantic Highlands, ran for 199 yards on 28 carries, including a 65-yard touchdown run on the second play of the second half that got UConn on the scoreboard and into high gear.

Brown's rushing total was the most by a UConn back since Chris Bellamy ran for 212 against Kent State on Oct. 18, 2003, and the most by a UConn freshman since Tory Taylor ran for 256 against Boston University on Nov. 4, 1995.

Starting in place of an injured Terry Caulley, who was in uniform but did not play due to an ankle sprain, Brown may have earned himself a great deal more playing time as the season winds down.

"He might be the frontrunner for next week," UConn coach Randy Edsall said, "Not next year."

As expected, D.J. Hernandez replaced Matt Bonislawski as UConn's quarterback and produced mixed results. He was 8-for-17 for 67 yards, with one fumble and an interception with 2:40 left in the game that sealed his team's fate.

UConn (3-5, 0-3) is now 0-9 in its brief Division I-A history against ranked opponents