We all know that when the UConn Huskies and Rutgers Scarlet Knights get together on the gridiron, that it's going to be a close game.
Two years ago, it was a missed UConn field goal off the upright. Last year, it was a late touchdown pass that doomed the Huskies. Well in the 2010 version of UConn vs Rutgers, it was a late field goal that did the Huskies in.
San San Te's 34 yard field with 13 seconds left in the game gave the Scarlet Knights a 27-24 win over UConn in front of 48,413 and a national audience on ESPN at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway, NJ on Friday night.
UConn drops to 3-3 (0-1, Big East) on the season while Rutgers improves to 3-2 (1-0).
Sure the UConn defense looked like a piece of swiss cheese at times but to me the downfall was the play calling. And when I say play calling, I mean the ones called late in the game with UConn holding onto a 24-17 lead and then when it was tied 24-24.
After Rutgers drove the ball 82 yards, they had it 4th and 2 at the UConn 13 yard line. They were able to stop the Scarlet Knights when Kendall Reyes knocked down a Chas Dodd pass. And that's where the conservative play calling came in.
Other than when Jordan Todman broke open a 66 yard touchdown run in the 2nd quarter, he wasn't able to get much done against a stingy Rutgers run defense who came in 7th in FBS allowing just around 80 yards a game. Edsall called three straight running plays for Todman. The first went two yards, the second a loss of one yard and the final one went for two yards.
Cole Wagner shanked a punt that went for 35 yards and gave the Scarlet Knights the ball a their 48. On the first play from scrimmage, Dodd hit Mark Harrison for a 52 yard touchdown and just like that it was all knotted up at 24.
You had to figure that with the score tied, Edsall would try to have his Huskies go down the field to win the game. But instead of that, Mr. Conservative came out to play again.
Todman went for one yard on first down and the next two plays were pass calls that fell incomplete. The Huskies punted the ball back and stopped the Scarlet Knights and forced them to punt. UConn got the ball at their 26 and Endres promptly threw three straight incomplete passes and the Huskies had to punt the ball away.
Another crappy punt from Wagner gave the Scarlet Knights the ball at their 38 and on the first play went 45 yards to get the ball down at the UConn 17. From there, Rutgers set up Te for the game-winning field goal.
I would have to think that if Edsall's play calling was a little different with the lead, UConn might have held on. Instead, Dodd exploited the holes in the UConn secondary taking full advantage of them to lead his team to the comeback win.
You definitely don't want to start out the Big East season with a loss but that's exactly what happened. And now the Huskies need to dig out of the hole and start playing better football for 60 minutes. Not 15 like they did on Friday night.
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RUT - 8:49 - Jeremy Deering 46 Yd Pass From Chas Dodd (San San Te Kick) - RUT 7 CON 0
CON - 8:33 - Nick Williams 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Dave Teggart Kick) - CON 7 RUT 7
RUT - 6:05 - Mohamed Sanu 2 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) - RUT 14 CON 7
RUT - 9:43 - San San Te 28 Yd Field Goal - RUT 17 CON 7
CON - 6:36 - Jordan Todman 66 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick) - RUT 17 CON 14
CON - 4:13 - Kashif Moore 22 Yd Pass From Cody Endres (Dave Teggart Kick) - CON 21 RUT 17
CON - 0:00 - Dave Teggart 17 Yd Field Goal - CON 24 - RUT 17
RUT - 3:53 - Mark Harrison 52 Yd Pass From Chas Dodd (San San Te Kick) - CON 24 RUT 24
RUT - 0:13 - San San Te 34 Yd Field Goal - RUT 27 CON 24
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