Arkeel Newsome ran for 116 yards and Bryant Shirreffs threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns to lead UConn to a 20-9 win over Cincinnati on Saturday.
Noel Thomas made nine catches for 108 yards and a touchdown as the Huskies (3-3, 1-2 American) scored 20 unanswered points and snapped a two-game losing streak.
Hayden Moore, coming back from an ankle injury, threw for 315 yards for the Bearcats (3-3, 0-3), who were held to just two rushing yards.
The Huskies trailed 9-0 late in the first half, but scored a TD on their last drive before intermission.
They took the lead when Thomas out-wrestled Cincinnati's Grant Coleman for a 26-yard touchdown catch on UConn's first drive of the third quarter.
Newsome broke off a 67-yard run, the Huskies longest play from scrimmage this year, which set up a 30-yard field goal to give the Huskies a 17-9 lead. It was the first time the Huskies have led entering a fourth quarter since last November.
The Huskies used up more than 6 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter on a 16-play drive that ended with a 23-yard field goal from Bobby Puyol to make it a two-score ballgame.
UConn's last win over Cincinnati came in November, 2010, the season the Huskies ended up in the Fiesta Bowl. The team's only other win in the 13-game series came in 2008. >> Read more