Saturday, November 03, 2012

Looking back at historic '10 UConn/USF game

The home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the scene of one of the landmark moments in UConn football history as Dave Teggart’s 52-yard field goal in the closing seconds lifted the Huskies to a 19-16 win over host South Florida in the regular-season finale 2010. The victory secured the Huskies the Big East’s BCS bowl bid and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl.

"I remember us fighting for everything. It was a defensive struggle, we were struggling on offense but we were keeping our team in the game,” said UConn senior linebacker Jory Johnson. “We had the big pick 6 by Lawrence Wilson that really kept us in it. Then in a tie game we had the big return. The biggest thing I remember is we stayed in the fight, everything didn’t go our way. We had some tough breaks on offense, we really struggled against their defense but we were able to stay in it and we won a defensive battle.”

Johnson’s memory was spot on. The Huskies were outgained 332-223 in the game and only made two trips to the red zone. Thanks to the work of the Huskies’ rock-solid defense, UConn’s longest scoring drive was 37 yards but none of that mattered as UConn won the only statistic that mattered and that was the final score.

The stakes were significantly lower on Saturday night.

South Florida, picked to finish second in the Big East’s preseason poll, came into the game on a six-game losing streak while the Huskies lost their last three.

“It has been kind of frustrating,” Johnson said. “Our class, the seniors, it is kind of on us to keep the trend going and we haven’t been doing that. It has been frustrating, we have been in a lot of close games but we still have (three) games left so that is the most important thing to focus on is trying to make the most out of the last (three) games. We still have a chance to go to a bowl game and we are just trying to take things one game at a time.”



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