EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — T.J. Weist made his case to stay on as Connecticut's head football coach, with the help of some record-setting offensive performances from his Huskies.
Quarterback Casey Cochran threw for a school record 461 yards and four touchdowns and wide receiver Geremy Davis caught 15 balls for 207 yards and a score as UConn beat Memphis 45-10 Saturday in the season finale for both teams.
Cochran, in just his fourth start, completed 36 of 54 attempts and didn't throw an interception in leading the Huskies to a third straight win after an 0-9 start to the season.
Davis who set a UConn record for catches in a game, also became UConn's first 1,000-yard receiver since 1998.
"It's important to have that kind of success for this offense, for those players, for this team," said Weist, who has led UConn since Paul Pasqualoni was fired four games into the season.
Weist said he wants to keep the job, "more than anything in my life besides my family."
Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch threw for 169 yards and a touchdown as Tigers closed the season with their third consecutive loss.
It was last college game for 29 seniors, 14 from UConn (3-9, 3-5 American Athletic Conference) and 15 from Memphis (3-9, 1-7). Connecticut junior linebacker Yawin Smallwood, who has seven tackles to finish the season with 118, also announced he will leave school for the NFL.
The Huskies racked up 538 yards of offense, while holding Memphis to 257.
Cochran, a redshirt freshman, became the first UConn quarterback to throw for 400 yards since Dan Orlovsky in 2004, had 259 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.
"Casey was doing his thing out there," said Deshon Foxx, who had 11 catches for 137 yards and two scores. "He was reading the defenses and putting the ball on the money and we was just trying to catch the ball and make plays for him."
Foxx caught an 18-yard strike in the back of the end zone that gave the Huskies a 7-3 first-quarter lead. He added a 32-yard catch-and-run for a TD on a screen pass on a fourth-and-1 play in the fourth quarter, and his 18-yard fourth-quarter catch gave Cochran his passing record.
But the 6-foot-3 Davis was Cochran's favorite target, going up and grabbing several balls out of the hands of defenders, including a 15-yard fade route in the left side of the end zone in the second quarter.