The UConn Huskies football 2010 regular season will come to an end next Saturday in Tampa, FL against the South Florida Bulls. It will end two ways. UConn will either walk away with the win, the Big East title and a BCS berth. Or they'll end up with a loss and play in a bowl game that no one's probably heard of or even cares about.
The Huskies got themselves into the position of winning a spot in the BCS by beating the Cincinnati Bearcats 38-17 on Senior Day at Rentschler Field in front of 40,000 on Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies (7-4, 4-2 Big East) have now won four straight games setting themselves up for the Big East title. The Big East defending champion Bearcats fall to 4-7 (2-4) and will be staying home for the winter bowl season.
The offensive line and running back Jordan Todman were once again the story of the day. Todman, who missed a good portion of the second quarter with an injury to his right arm, ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns. On the day, the UConn offensive line helped the Todman, Robbie Frey and quarterback Zach Frazer to rush for 236 yards.
Frazer had a little difficulty with the wind on Saturday afternoon at the Rent as he finished 11-of-24 with a touchdown pass and an interception. His one touchdown pass went to fellow senior Anthony Sherman that got the Huskies on the scoreboard first. It was Sherman's first touchdown in a UConn uniform.
A turnover would help setup the Huskies second touchdown of the day.
Lawrence Wilson made a great hit on Anthony McClung who fumbled the ball that was recovered by Alex Polito. Nine plays and 52 yards later, Frey took it in from six yards to put the Huskies up 14-3. The Bearcats would get to within four at 14-10 when Zach Collaros hit Armon Binns for a 15-yard touchdown pass.
Dave Teggart would add a field goal and UConn would get a touchdown late in the half after a Kendall Reyes 79 yard interception return. Reyes would have had an interception return for a touchdown but Lawrence Wilson was called for a block in the back. But with four seconds left, Todman scored on a busted play from one yard out that was supposed to be a pass but tight end Ryan Griffin was held up on the line.
After a scoreless third, the Bearcats struck first in the fourth on the strength of three pass interference calls on Dwayne Gratz. But Robbie Frey would respond with a 42 yard kickoff return to the Cincinnati 36. Five plays later, Todman would score his second touchdown of the day to give the Huskies a commanding 31-10 lead.
Blidi-Wreh Wilson would help secure the victory with an interception and a long return that would set up Todman's third touchdown of the game from nine yards out to seal the win for the Huskies.
There's going to be a lot of talk about the Huskies and their chance for a BCS berth. Of course not all of it will be good but the Huskies need to put the blinders on or ear plugs and not listen to it. They aren't there yet and only can get there with a win over South Florida next Saturday. Because if they can't do that, then all the talk is mute.
Randy Edsall has had his guys playing one game at a time since the loss at Louisville and you can best be sure that he'll make sure his team his focused on the task at hand. And that's beat the Bulls.
CON - 9:05 - Anthony Sherman 16 Yd Pass From Zach Frazer (Dave Teggart Kick) - CON 7 CIN 0
CIN - 5:55 - Jake Rogers 32 Yd Field Goal - CON 7 CIN 3
CON - 13:35 - Robbie Frey 6 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick) - CON 14 CIN 3
CIN - 9:52- Armon Binns 15 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Jake Rogers Kick) - CON 14 CIN 10
CON - 5:13 - Dave Teggart 24 Yd Field Goal - CON 17 CIN 10
CON - 00:04 - Jordan Todman 1 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick) - CON 24 CIN 10
CIN - 8:41 - Zach Collaros 3 Yd Run (Jake Rogers Kick) - CON 24 CIN 17
CON - 6:16 - Jordan Todman 1 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick) - CON 31 CIN 17
CON - 3:49 - Jordan Todman 9 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick) - CON 38 CIN 17
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