Saturday, August 16, 2014

Solid game for former UConn QB Orlovsky

Former UConn quarterback Dan Orlovsky passed for a game-high 153 yards (completing 8 of 12 passes) in last night's preseason game against Oakland as the former Shelton High star continues his bid to be the top backup to Matthew Stafford with the Detroit Lions.

It marked the highest yardage total Orlovsky has thrown for since the 2011 regular-season finale as he threw for 264 yards for the Indianapolis Colts in a 19-13 loss to Jacksonville.

On Friday night Orlovsky came into the game in the second quarter after Stafford threw a pair of touchdown passes. He missed his first two throws but only threw two more incomplete passes the rest of the way. He had back to back completions of 23 and 34 yards on his second drive which ended with a field goal. On the next possession he completed passes of 36 and 15 yards to engineer a touchdown scoring drive to give the Lions a 23-10 lead.

Oakland rallied for the 27-26 with former UConn stars Sio Moore and Tyvon Branch finished with four and three tackles respectively for the Raiders. Branch would leave the game with an ankle injury.

In other action on Friday night former UConn star Kendall Reyes forced a fumble in the San Diego Chargers' 41-14 loss to Seattle. In the same game Donald Brown ran four times for 16 yards, caught two passes for 13 yards and had a 26-yard kickoff return for the Chargers. Also, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, who is fighting for a starting spot in Tennessee, got the start at cornerback and had a tackle for a loss late in the second quarter in a 31-24 loss to New Orleans.

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