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