The Connecticut Huskies took an early lead and held on for a 24-21 victory against the Maryland Terrapins and former UConn head coach Randy Edsall in front of 35,000 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md.
The teams each have 2-1 records on the young season.
The win was one of three Big East victories over Atlantic Coast Conference opponents in Week 3.
UConn’s Nick Williams got the Huskies on the board with a touchdown on a 58-yard punt return at 7:05 the first quarter. The Huskies also had rushing touchdowns from Wildcat quarterback Scott McCummings (3 yards) and running back Lyle McCombs (11 yards). A 34-yard, third-quarter field goal from Chad Christen was the difference in the game.
Maryland has rushing touchdowns from Wes Brown (19-yards) and freshman quarterback Perry Hills (10-yards), and a 29-yard touchdown pass from Hills to freshman standout Stefon Diggs.
Defense dominated the game however as the two teams combined for just 428 yards of total offense.
The back story of the game however was the show down between Edsall, now Maryland head coach, and the team he left unceremoniously after its Fiesta Bowl appearance two years ago. Edsall sent the Huskies back to Connecticut while he hopped a flight to Maryland without telling them of his plans. The team learned of his new job from various sources after their arrival at the Hartford airport.
For Connecticut fans, many of whom made the trip down Interstate 95, the win was particularly satisfying.
The Huskies travel to Kalamazoo next week to face Western Michigan.