UConn runs away from Vanderbilt

Connecticut has established a trend in its last two games: Get off to an early lead, then let opponent back before halftime. Own the second half.

Whatever works. After blowing out Buffalo in the second half last week, the Huskies did the same thing Saturday against Vanderbilt in a 40-21 win. UConn outscored the Commodores 19-0 in the second half and produced 26 unanswered points after falling behind 21-14 in the first half.

The big plays that burned the Huskies in the second half weren't there for Vandy in the second half as the defense played much better. The defense, in fact, accounted for two scores, with Blidi Wreh-Wilson returning an interception for a touchdown for the second straight week and Vanderbilt taking a safety late.

Jordan Todman finished with 190 yards on 37 carries, and Cody Endres went 21-for-30 for 179 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. This offense is clearly performing better with Endres at the helm, and if UConn can eliminate some of the big mistakes it keeps making -- another fumble in the red zone Saturday, for example, this team can still live up to its preseason billing as a serious Big East contender.

The Big East improves to 2-10 against BCS conference opponents and now can say that it has beaten an SEC team, as dubious a claim as that might be.

Connecticut still has some issues to iron out, but the Huskies should take a fair amount of momentum and confidence into next week's conference opener against Rutgers.