This was exactly what everyone pictured.


OK, maybe Indiana didn't see this coming. But UConn did.

The Huskies opened Rentschler Field Saturday the way they hoped they would -- triumphantly, even majestically.

With many of the 38,109 roaring approval, UConn rolled over Indiana, 34-10.

It was the first game at ``The Rent,'' the stadium built for UConn's growing Division I-A program.

``It was just a great way to start it all off,'' an emotional UConn coach Randy Edsall said.

UConn took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and never lost control -- until the final gun sounded and the celebration began.

``It was everything we imagined and more,'' UConn center Brian Markowski said. ``We've been dreaming about playing a game like this.''

The stadium was the co-feature in this historic premier. It was nearly filled, and it was loud. The biggest complaints were parking-related.

There was not much to complain about when it came to the Huskies' performance. UConn made itself right at home by picking up where it left off last season.

Dan Orlovsky passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns.

Terry Caulley rushed for 166 yards on 22 carries, including a 43-yard touchdown.

The defense, led by senior Sean Mulcahy, stuffed Indiana's running game and harried former Notre Dame quarterback Matt LoVecchio with five sacks.

Redshirt freshman Matt Nuzie shook off opening-day nerves to make two of three field goals, including the first points at ``The Rent.''

UConn's drive to become a successful Division I-A program took another step forward by the mere opening of the stadium. But a convincing victory over a Big Ten team -- albeit a lowly one -- was a leap.

``We're moving in the right direction,'' senior wide receiver O'Neil Wilson said. ``We're steamrolling in the right direction.''

The Huskies won their fifth in a row, including four to close last season. The Hoosiers lost their seventh straight dating to last year.

``I anticipated our offense playing better,'' Indiana coach Gerry DiNardo said. ``Other than that I knew it was going to be a tough game.''