Freshman running back Lyle McCombs ran for 141 yards and scored four touchdowns Saturday afternoon to help the host Connecticut Hskies to an easy, 35-3, season-opening victory over the Fordham Rams at Rentschler Field. The Huskies scored the games first 35 points and led 21-0 at halftime.
The rookie for Staten Island, NY got the unexpected start over senior D.J. Shoemaker, who did not play. Walk-on junior quarter Johnny McEntee started and got a majority of the snaps on offense. McEntee finished the game 8-for-12 for 113 yards. Junior tight end Ryan Griffin caught seven passes for 97 yards and a TD.
Fordham's lone score was a 28-yard field goal by Patrick Murray with 24 seconds remaining in the game.
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