Live Blog: UConn football kicks off second Randy Edsall era against Holy Cross

Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall and Connecticut quarterback Marvin Washington (7) at pre-game practice at an NCAA college football game against Holy Cross at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

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(OK, that wasn’t quite Brent Musburger-esque, but still).

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Final Score: UConn 27, Holy Cross 20.


11:00 p.m. Shirreffs takes a knee, and Holy Cross can no longer stop the clock. 1 minute to go. Huskies are going to be able to wind the clock down and escape with a win.

10:58 p.m. Timeout Holy Cross.

10:57 p.m. First down, UConn.

10:57 p.m. Two rushes gain four yards. 3rd and 6 now with 2 and a half minutes to go and clock rolling.

10:56 p.m. Pujals scrambles to the sideline, but he’s DRILLED out of bounds by two Huskies. Turnover on downs. UConn takes over at their own 15 with 3:46 to go.

10:55 p.m. Pujals throws out of the back of the end zone on 3rd down. Stays alive for one more play. 4th and 4 from the 19.

10:54 p.m. Pujals pass is complete to Blaise Bell, gain of 6. 3rd and 4 coming up.

10:54 p.m. First down pass incomplete.

10:53 p.m. Gabe Guild rushes for 23 yards for HC all the way down to the UConn 19.

10:52 p.m. 21-yard pass complete from Pujals to Martin Dorsey. Holy Cross is at the UConn 42, 5:30 to go.

10:51 p.m. Pujals pass complete to Richie DeNicola. His 10th catch of the evening. HC near their own 40, 6 minutes to play.

10:50 p.m. UConn kicks off to HC. Touchback.

10:48 p.m. Nate Hopkins finishes it off with a 1-yard TOUCHDOWN run. His third TD of the night. Extra point is NO GOOD. 27-20, UConn. 6:27 to go.

10:46 p.m. Shirreffs with a short completion to Quayvon Skanes. 3rd and 1 from the 5. Hopkins runs between the tackles, up the middle, to the 1 yard line. FIRST DOWN.

10:46 p.m. Newsome carries for a short gain.

10:46 p.m. We’ve got a delay as Holy Cross DE Teddy Capsis was down on the field with an injury. He walks off under his own power.

10:44 p.m. Shirreffs looks for Hergy Mayala deep down the sideline, incomplete. On second down, he checks it down to Arkeel Newsome, who rumbles for 38 yards (!) all the way down to the 10. HUGE PLAY. 8:10 to go.

10:43 p.m. Another completion from Pujals, this time to Blaise Bell, but he fumbles at midfield just before he goes down. UConn recovers. HUSKIES BALL. Play is under review.

10:42 P.M. Nice pitch and catch from Pujals to Derrick Mountain. Holy Cross out to the 30.

10:38 p.m. UConn does nothing on offense and has to kick it away. Holy Cross gets the ball back, trailing 21-20, on their own 17. 8:59 to go in the game.

10:35 p.m. Big stop as UConn forces three straight incompletions, and takes over on downs. HC almost connected on one for about 20 yards but just unable to come down with it. Huskies take over at the 37.

10:33 p.m. Peter Pujals not throwing in the towel though. He connects with Jordan Montgomery for a 1st down. HC all the way to the UConn 37.

10:30 p.m. Hergy Mayala is now over 100 yards receiving. Great game for him. How about Shirreffs, the 5th-year senior coming right in and going 6-for-8 for 78 yards and a score.

10:26 p.m. They go right back to him, and TOUCHDOWN!!! Shirreffs to Mayala. UConn storms back, takes a 21-20 lead after the extra point. 12:02 to go.

10:25 p.m. Mayala ALMOSTT hauls it in at the 1 yard line. Great defense by Holy Cross’s Alim Muhamad.

10:24 p.m. Shirreffs hits Hergy Mayala for a gain of about 25. First and goal from the 10.

10:23 p.m. Shirreffs has the offense finally making moves. They’re inside the 40 after a nice completion.

10:18 p.m. Pujals avoids the rush, escapes and gains three yards before he’s slammed out of bounds. 3rd and 8 for Holy Cross and the crowd is finally getting back into this one.

–END OF 3RD QTR. HOLY CROSS leads, 20-14.–


10:10 p.m. Shirreffs with a couple of completions and then gives it to Nate Hopkins, who scampers down the sideline for 28 yards before being pulled down inside the 5. He finishes it off, 3 yard score.

10:09 p.m. Bryant Shirreffs now into the game for the Huskies at QB. Let’s see how he fares in there.

10:07 p.m. UConn forces a punt after Pujals runs for 10 yards. They get it around midfield after a nice return by Jordan Swann. 1:33 left in the 3rd.

10:06 p.m. Joseph walking off the field now, with the help of trainers. Doesn’t look too bad, but we’ll see about his status.

10:06 p.m. UConn safety Junior Joseph is down on the field. Being looked at by trainers. This game couldn’t possibly be going worse.

10:03 p.m. Drive stalls, and UConn punts again. Holy Cross takes over at their own 22.

10:01 p.m. Hopkins breaks a big run. He’s been a bright spot. Gain of 37 yards. UConn out to the 45 yard line.

9:56 p.m. Holy Cross punt rolls all the way back to the UConn 1. Incredible. Huskies will take over there, 99 yards to go, down 13.

9:51 p.m. They’re stuffed. HOLY CROSS takes over at the 6.

9:50 p.m. Pindell shakes and bakes his way to the 6 yard line. Now 4th and 2. Huskies gonna go for it.

9:49 p.m. Nate Hopkins rushes for 19 yards and a first down. Inside the HC 20.

9:47 p.m. UConn gets a break as Holy Cross is called for running into the kicker on a punt. Pindell fires to Hergy Mayala for a gain of 28 yards, and the Huskies are inside the 40.

9:42 p.m. 38-yard field goal attempt is no good, wide right. UConn will get the ball back down just 13. 11:41 left in the 3rd.

9:38 p.m. Pujals now is 22-of-35 for 232 yards and a TD. Incredible. He’s got the Crusaders back inside the UConn 25.

9:35 p.m. And we’re back! Holy Cross gets the ball to start the second half. Pujas fires to Blaise Bell again, he gains another 10 yards. First down.


9:13 p.m. Holy Cross takes a knee, and that’ll end the first half.

9:12 p.m. Pindell’s pass is incomplete as he takes a hit. 4th and 7 from the 44. UConn goes for it, but Pindell is taken down after a short run.

9:11 p.m. Pindell sacked back at the 44. Timeout Huskies.

9:11 p.m. Pass complete to Tyraiq Beals. Another one to Beals for seven yards and he gets out of bounds near the HC 40.

9:10 p.m. UConn forces a Holy Cross punt and will start at their own 42. 1:07 left in the 1st half.

9:08 p.m. So…when’s basketball season?

9:05 p.m. Huskies go three and out. Ugh. Not a good look right now. Holy Cross leads 20-7, 2:45 left in the first half.

9:01 p.m. Diquan Walker waltzes in on a 6-yard TOUCHDOWN run. PAT good. 3 play, 21 yard drive in 46 seconds. Holy Cross leads, 20-7.

9:00 p.m. Blaise Bell AGAIN, he’s killing the Huskies. Pass caught for a 20-yard gain. He’s got the Crusaders to the 6.

8:57 p.m. UConn’s Jordan Swann fumbles the kick return. Holy Cross recovers. They’ve got the ball at the UConn 21. Second time the Huskies have turned it over inside the 35. That can’t happen.

8:53 p.m. nteresting call as Holy Cross decides to throw on 3rd & 2 from the 3. Pass never had a chance. UConn holds em to a 20-yard FG. 13-7 Crusaders.

8:52 p.m. Huskies defense stops two running plays. 3rd & 2 now, from the 3. Pujals fakes the handoff and throws–incomplete. Intended for Richie DeNicola. Interesting call there.

8:51 p.m. Blaise Bell is just getting lost in the UConn secondary. Big gain to bring Holy Cross inside the UConn 10.

8:46 p.m. Marshe Terry had a tailor-made interception, but he dropped it. Heartbreaking. 3rd and 5 for Holy Cross from UConn’s 44.

8:41 p.m. Three and out for the Huskies as Pindell’s deep throw intended for Hergy Mayala falls softly to the turf. Brett Graham will kick it back to the Crusaders. He does, and ball is marked out at the Cross 38.

8:35 p.m. TOUCHDOWN. BLAISE BELL catches the slant from 9 yards out & WALKS IN. Holy Cross takes the lead, 10-7, with 10:04 left in the 2nd quarter.

8:34 p.m. Pujas completes pass to Blaise Bell. Gain of 8. 1st and goal from the 4.

8:32 p.m. UConn forces a 4th & 5, but Peter Pujas makes another nice play, and another terrific catch by Jordan Montgomery. Gain of 13. Crusaders now at the Huskies’ 16.

8:30 p.m. David Pindell rushes for 11 yards and a first down, but fumbles. Recovered by Holy Cross at the UConn 34. Tough break.

8:25 p.m. UConn clamps down on him, though, forcing a punt as third down pass falls incomplete, intended for Jordan Montgomery. Big hit on the punt, as Jordan Swann is drilled shortly after making the catch. UConn will get the ball at their 13.

8:24 p.m. This kid at QB for Holy Cross is pretty good. Pujals completes a pass to Richie DeNicola for a 1st down. Cross at the 45.


8:19 p.m. Domenic Cozer rushes for 4 yards. Tackle made by Jamar Summers.

8:18 p.m. Kickoff is muffed but picked up in end zone. Touchback. Crusaders will start at the 25.

8:15 p.m. Nate Hopkins rushes for 11 yards and the TOUCHDOWN. Huskies take the lead, 7-3.

8:14 p.m. Pindell completes pass to ALec Bloom for a gain of 18. Inside the 5 now, but Huskies called for false start.

8:11 p.m. After a good kickoff return, David Pindell hits Hergy Mayala for an 18-yard gain. Huskies have now crossed midfield. Pindell then hits Keyion Dixon for another 10 yards, and the Huskies are inside the 20.

8:07 p.m. Holy Cross is on the board. A.J. Wells drains the 25-yard FG, and the Crusaders lead UConn, 3-0. 3:32 left in 1st qtr. Impressive drive.

8:05 p.m. Nice play by Tyler Coyle to break up a would be touchdown pass. Huskies stop the Crusaders on third down. We’ve got 4th and 4, from the UConn 8. Crusaders will kick the FG.

8:02 p.m. Penalty was for ineligible man downfield. UConn forces an incompletion, but Peter Pujas hits Jordan Montgomery again for another big gain, 1st down. Holy Cross now at the 15.

7:59 p.m. Holy Cross has crossed into enemy territory now. First down pass completed to Jordan Montgomery. Another completion moves them to the UConn 30, but there’s a flag.

7:57 p.m. Ruling on field is confirmed. Fatukasi is gone. Wow.

7:56 p.m. UConn’s Folorunso Fatukasi called for targeting while defending the last pass play. Officials now reviewing it.

7:53 p.m. Pindell is hit as he throws, and thankfully overthrows his intended receiver. Brett Graham in to punt for the Huskies. Fair catch called, and the Crusaders take over on their own 20.

7:49 p.m. 2nd down pass complete but for no gain. UConn at the 41, 3rd and 10. Holy Cross calls timeout.

7:48 p.m. Arkeel Newsome with a big gain on the screen pass, moves the ball to the 37, after being stuffed on 1st down. 3rd and 1. UConn converts on Nate Hopkins rush for 4. 1st down.

7:44 p.m. UConn forces a punt, fair catch made. Huskies will take over at their own 28.

7:43 p.m. Sack by UConn’s Chris Britton. Loss of six. It’s now 3rd & 21.

7:41 p.m. Big gain downfield by Holy Cross’ Diquan Walker negated by a penalty–lineman went too far downfield. 2nd and 15 for the Crusaders.

7:40 p.m. We knew they’d be up-tempo, but that was ridiculous.

7:38 p.m. David Pindell begins the new UConn era with a 6-yard completion to Tyraiq Beals. Hits Beals again on second down for 3 yards. Arkeel Newsome goes nowhere on third down and UConn will have to punt. All of that happened in under a minute.

7:27 p.m. Holy Cross kicks off, UConn receives. Touchback. Huskies will start on their own 25.

7:34 p.m. We’re almost ready to get started here in East Hartford! We have an almost half-full stadium, with people still filing in. The band is on the field, the Huskies just ran out onto the field, and we’ve got about 2 minutes until kickoff. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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