Army Coach Bobby Ross had a gut feeling about this game, and it wasn't good.
The Black Knights lost, 40-3, at Connecticut yesterday to extend the nation's longest losing streak to 18 games.
"I felt going into the game that it didn't feel like we were ready," said Ross, the former Maryland and NFL coach who was coaxed out of retirement after Army (0-3) went 0-13 last season. "I tried to build a little fire into them before the game and it never came. There was never a spark."
Ross apologized to the cadet corps and fans for his team's performance. He even apologized to U.S. troops "because I think it extends to that phase of it."
"You have to have some internal leadership," he said. "I questioned our effort and whether or not we have the will to win."
There were plenty of positives for U-Conn., however. Dan Orlovsky threw for 288 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Huskies (3-1).
The Huskies made it look easy early using a balanced attack and scoring on their first two possessions. Orlovsky capped U-Conn.'s opening 73-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dan Murray. He found Keron Henry less than two minutes later for a 45-yard score and Army was unable to mount much of a challenge after that.
* WAKE FOREST 17, BOSTON COLLEGE 14: Cory Randolph threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Willie Idlette with just more than a minute left, giving the Demon Deacons the home victory.
Idlette beat Ryan Glasper, who tried to make a diving interception, for the first touchdown reception of his career.
Randolph was 11 of 19 for 141 yards, and he rushed for 46 more to lead Wake (3-1) past Boston College (3-1) for the second straight year.
The Eagles, who will join the Demon Deacons in the ACC next season, were hurt by three missed field goals by freshman Ryan Ohlinger.
A.J. Brooks gave the Eagles their first lead on an 11-yard touchdown run with 9 minutes 8 seconds left. Brooks had runs of 40 and 12 yards on the Eagles next possession, but Ohlinger missed a 27-yard field goal with 3:12 left.
* PITTSBURGH 41, FURMAN 38: Josh Cummings kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime and the Panthers needed 21 points in the fourth quarter to beat Division I-AA Furman at home.
Furman (3-1), ranked second nationally in I-AA, got the ball first in overtime but Scott Beckler missed a 37-yard field goal attempt. Cummings made the game-winner after the Panthers gained six yards on three running plays.
Furman has lost 13 of its last 14 games against Division I-A opponents.
Pitt (2-1), which fell behind 31-17 in the third quarter, forced overtime with three touchdowns in the last 11:33 of regulation.
* ARKANSAS 27, ALABAMA 10: In Fayetteville, Ark., freshman Peyton Hillis scored two touchdowns, Matt Jones ran for one score and threw for another and the Razorbacks (3-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) beat the Crimson Tide (3-1, 1-1).
De'Arrius Howard ran for 64 yards and Hillis had several key plays, including the go-ahead touchdown on a one-handed catch and two rugged one-yard runs to keep a scoring drive alive.
Crimson Tide quarterback Marc Guillon, in his first start in place of injured Brodie Croyle, was 6 for 18 for 57 yards and one interception.
* WASHINGTON ST. 20, ARIZONA 19: Josh Swogger, playing with a partially torn tendon in his knee, rallied the Cougars (3-1, 1-0) twice with fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Jason Hill and the Cougars opened Pacific-10 play with a win in Tucson.
The Wildcats (1-3, 0-1) forced five fumbles and recovered four to nearly make up for their weak offense, but gave the game away when Gilbert Harris fumbled with 1:15 left while trying to protect a 19-14 lead.
Little-used safety Husain Abdullah recovered on the Arizona 28, and Swogger covered the distance in three plays, connecting with Hill for a 15-yard touchdown with 53 seconds to go. Swogger's pass for a two-point conversion was knocked down, but time ran out with the Wildcats deep in their own territory.
* NOTRE DAME 38, WASHINGTON 3: Brady Quinn tied a school record with four touchdown passes to lead the Irish at home.
Quinn was 15 of 23 passing for 196 yards with two touchdowns each to Matt Shelton and Anthony Fasano in the first half, leading Notre Dame (3-1) to its first easy win of the season.
It marked the first time Notre Dame Coach Tyrone Willingham has defeated the Huskies (0-3). Willingham's Stanford teams were 0-5 against Washington.
* TEXAS TECH 31, KANSAS 30: Taurean Henderson ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard burst in the final minutes, and the visiting Red Raiders came back from a 25-point first-half deficit.
Texas Tech (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) scored 26 unanswered points against the Jayhawks (2-2, 1-1), who did not score after halftime.
Henderson's game-breaking run with 21/2 minutes remaining came three plays after Kansas' Scott Webb hit the left upright on a 39-yard field goal attempt. Two plays after Henderson's long run, Jabari Smith sealed the Red Raiders' win with the second of their three interceptions.
* ALA.-BIRMINGHAM 35, MEMPHIS 28: Corey White scored on a 30-yard touchdown run with 13 seconds left in the game and the Blazers (2-1, 1-0 Conference USA) overcame a second-half comeback by the visiting Tigers.
After Memphis (3-1, 0-1) tied the game at 28 on an 11-yard touchdown run by DeAngelo Williams with 1:37 left, UAB's Reggie Lindsey took the ensuing kickoff about two yards deep in the end zone. He hesitated, then ran the ball all the way out to the UAB 47-yard line. Quarterback Darrell Hackney drove the Blazers to the Memphis 30. On first down he handed off to White, who ran up the middle, broke free and outran Memphis defenders to the end zone.
* MICHIGAN STATE 30, INDIANA 20: In Bloomington, Ind., quarterback Drew Stanton ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his starting debut to lead the Spartans past the Hoosiers (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten). The Spartans won the Old Brass Spittoon for the third straight year and the seventh time in eight games dating from a Michigan State forfeit in 1994.