UConn secured the school’s first ever BCS bowl bid with a win over South Florida on Saturday in Tampa. The Huskies will face Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Marcus Lynam on the campus reaction.
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The UConn Huskies will be heading to Glendale, Arizona to take on the Big-12 Champion Oklahoma Sooners. This will be the Huskies first ever trip to a BCS Bowl game, and will be the first match-up between UConn and college football powerhouse Oklahoma.
UConn finished the regular season with a bang, as a Dave Teggart 52-yard field goal with 17 seconds left in the game, gave the Huskies a 19-16 win over South Florida on Saturday night. UConn made their first appearance in the rankings this season, as they sit at Number 25 in this week’s AP Poll. The Huskies end the regular season with a 8-4 (5-2 in the Big East) record. Randy Edsall’s team has rolled off five straight wins and won the Big East due to head-to-head wins over Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
Oklahoma (11-2, 6-2 Big 12), who is ranked #7 in the final BCS rankings, won its seventh Big 12 title on Saturday night (more than twice as many as any other school in Big-12 history). Led by head coach Bob Stoops, the Sooners use a great defense and a high-flying offense, led by quarterback Landry Jones, to over power opponents.
Randy Edsall knows how special this game is for the entire UConn community: “Remarkable of what’s taken place. Memorial Stadium is a reminder of where we were and where we’ve come from. We’re extremely excited happy and proud to be playing in Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1: A tribute to these young men, but it will be a tremendous challenge.”
The game will kickoff at 8:30pm ET on January 1st on ESPN. For tickets and travel information visit UConnBowl.com
– UConn extended their winning streak to 4 games on Saturday, when they defeated defending Big East Champ Cincinnati 38-17. They improve to 7-4 (4-2 in the Big East) on the year. The win also puts them one win away from heading to the program’s first ever BCS bowl (most likely the Fiesta Bowl out in Arizona). UConn heads down to Tampa to take on South Florida this Saturday to finish up the regular season. USF is coming off an impressive win at Miami, and would love nothing more than to ruin UConn’s BCS dreams. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 8pm.
– Jordan Todman had another great game on Saturday, as he rushed for 175 yards and 3 touchdowns on 31 carries. Todman has gone over 100 yards rushing in every game this season except one (@ Louisville). For his efforts Todman was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week. “Our coaches do a heck of a job, and me, I just pretty much do what they say,” Todman said after Saturday’s game. “I’ve got the talent and the ability and that helps, but they do the studying, they do all the work and they put us in a situation, a position to make plays and be successful.”
– UConn picked up two more commitments this weekend for their 2011 recruiting class. Deshon Foxx, a running back from Lynchburg, Virginia and offensive lineman Dalton Gifford of North Bridgton, Maine both committed to play for the Huskies next season.
– In Big East news, the conference announced on Monday that Texas Christian University (TCU) will join the Big East Conference in all sports starting in 2012. This is a major development in the realm of college football. TCU is currently ranked number three in the nation. TCU will bring the Big East big time television money because the Dallas/Fort-Worth television market (which is currently the 5th largest in the nation) will now be in play. This will give the Big East nine football-playing members and 17 basketball playing members. Most likely another football-playing school will be added, and there is a possibility of the Big East getting rid of a few basketball-only schools.
-In the latest College Basketball rankings, UConn sits at #7 in the AP poll. UConn has been unranked all year until now, but after winning the Maui Invitational last week, voters thoughts on the Huskies have changed. The only bigger jump by an unranked school since the poll went to 25 teams was by Kansas. It went to No. 4 after winning the 1989 Preseason NIT. The Maui Invitational Championship included three wins for UConn, over Missouri-Valley conference favorite Wichita State, second ranked Michigan State, and finally ninth ranked Kentucky. UConn was led by junior guard Kemba Walker, who is averaging 30 points per game this season, the best in college basketball.
– UConn is ranked number 9 in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Poll.
– UConn returns to the court tomorrow night when they take on New Hampshire at 7:30pm at Gampel Pavilion.
UConn is very thankful for Bill Stewart and his West Virgina Mountaineers. West Virginia beat Pittsburgh this afternoon 35-10 at Heinz Field, which means Pitt, West Virginia, and UConn are all currently tied for first place in the Big East. UConn holds the tie-breakers over both teams due to their head-to-head wins. All the Huskies have to do is take care of business against Cincinnati on Saturday at the Rent, and down in Tampa on December 4th against South Florida, and the Huskies will win the Big East and head to their first ever BCS Bowl (most likely in Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl).