Oh man, the Huskies can taste it now. What can you say about the defense? They held Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead, who by the way had been averaging 114 yards per game, to just 23 yards on 11 carries. They picked off Zach Collaros, who had only thrown seven interceptions all year, four times. They held Cincinnati, who was averaging 29.8 points per game, to 17. Cincinnati was coming off their best offensive performance of the season, a 69 point 661 yard explosion vs Rutgers, and they desperately needed a win in order to keep their bowl hopes alive. No such luck. The Huskies' defense and running game wouldn't relent.
Jordan Todman is a superhero, I'm sure of it now. If there's a better back in the country, I haven't seen him. UConn tells you when they are going to run, and has no real passing attack, yet teams continue to get run over by Todman and the offensive line. Pittsburgh hadn't allowed a 100 yard rusher. No problem, 222 yards. West Virginia was allowing less than 100 yards per game on the ground. No problem, 113 yards. Cincinnati was allowing just 111 yards per game on the ground, and Todman injured his shoulder and missed a good chunk of the first half. No problem, 175 yards. He's a machine. His vision, patience, speed and power make for a lethal combination. If we find out years from now that he was actually a T-800 Terminator, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised.
A couple of non-game notes/observations : The crowd was excellent Saturday. The stadium was nearly packed for kick-off. Most stayed until the end, even though the game got out of hand and it was in a word, cold. The end zone paint issue was an abomination. That can never happen again. I appreciate that the Colonials use the building, but that was pathetic. If this is going to be an issue next season, I would prefer that the end zones are painted with some series or lines or designs, that both teams can use. Something like Notre Dame has.
So, the Huskies are just 60 minutes from the BCS. How ironic is it that Skip Holtz's South Florida Bulls stand in the way? Very. South Florida's QB situation is unsettled right now, but they will be riding high off their 23-20 overtime win over Miami, who by the way fired Head Coach Randy Shannon this morning. The Bulls are challenged offensively, but solid on the defensive end. It's going to take another big effort, but this is what you play for. The early season struggles, disappointments and embarrassments are all out the window. UConn is playing better than anyone in the conference right now and is just 60 minutes from pay dirt.
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