|Donald Brown ran over Buffalo in becoming the 14th player to top 2,000 yards in a season. (Chris Young/Associated Press)|
Brown, UConn run off with win
TORONTO - Connecticut's Donald Brown showed he has nothing left to prove at the college level.
Brown ran for a career-best 261 yards in his final college game, helping the fumble-prone Huskies overcome a mistake-filled first half and defeat Buffalo, 38-20, in the International Bowl yesterday.
After becoming the 14th player in major college history to run for 2,000 yards in a season, the junior running back broke the bad news to UConn fans.
"I'm not coming back," Brown said. "I'm going to pursue the NFL."
He apologized for saying three weeks ago that he planned to return for his senior season. The nation's leading rusher said he made the commitment to return to stop speculation and negate a potential distraction for his team heading into the game at Toronto.
He dominated the first half against the Bulls, rushing for 208 yards - 6 short of matching a career best - and kept the Huskies in the game. UConn turned the ball over five times in the first 30 minutes.
Brown scored on a 45-yard run and then added a career-best 75-yarder to set up quarterback Tyler Lorenzen's touchdown run.
Lorenzen then put the Huskies (8-5) ahead for good 10 minutes into the third quarter by completing his first pass, a 4-yarder to Steve Brouse, for a 24-20 lead.
The Mid-American champion Bulls (8-6) had their breakout season under coach Turner Gill end with a loss in their bowl debut. Buffalo scored all its points off turnovers.