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Year in Review. How UConn ended the 2013 campaign. Cochran sets record, UConn wins third straight.

POSTED December 08, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

EAST HARTFORD: On a day when news was made, records were broken and a search process got ready to kick off, the UConn Huskies football team broke out for the first time this season as a way of thanking their upperclassmen.

14 seniors were honored before the game for their effort on and off the field and then a good portion of them went out and helped the Huskies crush Memphis by a 45-10 score.

Where do we begin?

Let’s start with the guy behind center, Casey Cochran who lit up the Tigers to the tune of 461 yards, a new single game record at the University, in his fourth start.

This is some line. 36-54-461 and four touchdowns. The 36 completions put him second in the history of the program, he also did not commit a turnover for the second straight game.

The last time an UConn quarterback threw for four scores was back in 2011 when Johnny McEntee did it against WMU.

How about Geremy Davis, who held two footballs during the post-game interviews (one is his norm, the second was the game ball) who set a program record with 15 catches good for 207 yards, fifth best in the football teams history.

The junior wide out completes the 2013 campaign with 71 grabs, good for 1085 yards on a team that lost their first nine in a row.

Davis had plenty of company on the stat sheet as fellow wide-out Deshon Foxx followed up a tremendous performance against Rutgers a week ago with 11 grabs good for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

Davis and Foxx became the first UConn receivers to each gain 100 yards apiece in a game since it was last done in 1998 when Carl Bond and John Fitzsimmons did it.

UConn had not had a pair of receivers with 10 catches in a game since it was done in 1991 by Alex Davis and Mark Didio versus Rhode Island.

And oh yeah, for good measure, linebacker Yawin Smallwood declared after the game that he would forego his senior year and enter the NFL draft.

All along, interim head coach T.J. Weist had said that he wanted his team to end this season strong for the seniors who have kept this team on track during a very tough season.

The much aligned offensive line did not allow a sack of Cochran for the second straight game and when Memphis decided to focus on stopping the run, the gave their freshman quarterback all afternoon to throw and throw he did.

UConn started slowly in this one, Memphis led after one quarter by a 3-0 score but the offensive barrage began in the second quarter when the Huskies rattled off 21 unanswered points with Cochran connecting on three of his four touchdown passes during the frame.

Foxx scored on an 18-yard pass that was perfectly placed over a defender to cap an 11 play, 89 yard drive.

Long drives were the rule of the quarter, the home team’s next score came at the end of a 13 play, 86 yard drive ending with a Cochran 15-yard pass in the corner of the end zone for a 14-3 lead.

UConn struck one more time late in the half, going seven plays and 63 yards in just 54 seconds.

Lyle McCombs scored the first of his two touchdowns on a throw-back pass from Cochran who rolled out right and then threw back to his back who scampered 11-yards for the touchdown.

McCombs would score again in third quarter on a 7-yard that was pure McCombs when he burst out of a pile and into the end zone for a 28-3 UConn lead.

Chad Christen chipped in with his longest field goal of the year in the third as well when he connected from 46-yards out.

Foxx added a 32-yard pass from Cochran in the third quarter as well before senior Martin Hyppolite finished the scoring with a one yard run in the fourth.   

17,086 were on hand on this cold Saturday in December when the Huskies scored more points than they had all season and a senior class went out with their heads held a little higher at 3-9 than they would have at 0-12.

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