WILLIAMSBURG, SEPT. 22 -- Chris Hakel threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another today as William and Mary defeated Connecticut, 24-7. The Tribe (2-1) had a 17-0 lead early in the third quarter and faced fourth and inches on the Connecticut 20. Hakel faked the dive to Tyrone Shelton, bootlegged to the right before hitting wide-open Mark Compher in the end zone.
The Huskies are 0-3. Cornelius Benton hit Jeff McNamara on a 14-yard pass with 1:12 remaining for Connecticut's only score.
Hakel completed 17 of his 32 passes for 235 yards.
For the Huskies, it was the first game in four years that Matt DeGennaro did not start. The quarterback, third on the Yankee Conference all-time passing yardage list, separated a shoulder in last week's 48-21 loss to North Carolina.
Benton, a junior starting his first game, was 19 of 40 for 190 yards and two interceptions. Benton spent much of his time running for his life from the Tribe pass rush. Both interceptions came on rushed passes.
The Tribe scored first when Michael Locke snagged a five-yard pass with 8:05 to go in the first quarter. After Palmer Scarritt picked off a Benton pass, William and Mary scored on a four-yard draw by Hakel with 14:56 left in the half.