EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Zion Turner threw for a touchdown, the UConn defense forced five turnovers and the Huskies beat Boston College 13-3 on Saturday for their first win in the series dating to 1908.
BC starter Phil Jurkovec and Emmett Morehead combined to throw three interceptions, helping the Huskies get their first win against the Eagles in 15 tries (1-12-2).
Jurkovec started 12 of 19 for 155 yards with two interceptions and was injured trying to avoid a tackle midway through third quarter. He did not return following a brief visit to the sideline medical tent. Morehead went 7 for 16 for 75 yards in his place.
The Huskies, back from their bye week, wasted little time getting on the board as Turner connected with Justin Joly for a 62-yard touchdown on the game’s third play. It was UConn’s longest play from scrimmage this season, and it was also the second score in as many games for Joly, a freshman tight end.
UConn’s defense stepped up moments later, stuffing Jurkovec on a quarterback keeper from the Huskies 34. The Huskies promptly took advantage of the short field by extending their lead to 10-0 on a 31-yard field goal by Noe Ruelas.
The Huskies got interceptions by Chris Shearin, Durante Jones and Jackson Mitchell.
Turner finished 10 of 18 for 173 yards and one touchdown. Ruelas’ second field goal, from 43 yards, came off a fumble recovery and gave UConn a 13-3 lead with 6:26 remaining.
UConn: The Huskies jumped on Boston College fast, grabbing the lead less than two minutes in. Boston College was outgained 136-16 in the first quarter. It was another step in the right direction under first-year coach Jim Mora.
Boston College: It was a painful day for the Eagles, who not only lost the game but also their quarterback. They’ve now lost three straight, and it won’t get any easier with a short week ahead.
INJURIES HITTING HUSKIES
UConn receiver Keelan Marion, who had missed seven games with a broken collarbone, appeared to hurt his right ankle on the first play and did not return. The Huskies were also without three of their top running backs, including Devontae Houston, who was sidelined a second straight game with a sprained ankle.
UConn: Northeast rival UMass visits the Huskies on Friday.
Boston College: The Eagles return to ACC play to host Duke on Friday.
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