DETROIT, Dec. 27 -- Connecticut cruised to a 39-10 win over Toledo on Monday in the Motor City Bowl in the Huskies' first bowl appearance since becoming a full Division I-A team three years ago.
The Huskies (8-4) dominated in every phase of the game. Bowl MVP Dan Orlovsky threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns and Matt Nuzie kicked a career-best four field goals.
The Huskies held the Rockets (9-4) to just 78 yards on the ground. Toledo quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who broke his throwing hand in the Mid-American Conference championship on Dec. 2, struggled in the first half. He scored the Rockets' only touchdown on a one-yard run, but was just 6 of 12 for 43 yards.
He was replaced in the second half by Marques Council, who threw for 160 yards with two interceptions.
Orlovsky completed 20 of 41 passes. Keron Henry led Connecticut's receivers with nine catches for 109 yards, while Cornell Brockington rushed for 72 yards. Matt Lawrence scored the Huskies' only rushing touchdown, an 11-yarder with under three minutes to play.
The Huskies got a lift with the return of defensive end Tyler King. The 6-foot-5 senior made his first start since breaking his leg on Sept. 30 in a win over Pittsburgh.
The Huskies' special teams, led by Nuzie, also shone in their bowl debut. Larry Taylor ran a punt back 68 yards for a score in the first quarter.
The Huskies began their upgrade from Division I-AA six years ago when the school hired Coach Randy Edsall.
They joined the Big East this season, finishing 3-3 in the league. Their 23-13 run over the past three years is the best in school history over a three-year span.