Friday, September 18, 2015

UConn has held up well against ranked teams before

With UConn heading down to face nationally-ranked Missouri, I thought it would be a good time to revisit how the Huskies have fared in other games against ranked foes.

What I found is there isn't much of a middle ground as either the Huskies threw a major scare into the favored team or got completely blown out.

UConn's early history against ranked teams was not pretty as the Huskies lost their first six games by an average of 41.8-12.7 giving up at least 45 points four times.

The tide started to turn back in 2005 when UConn hosted No. 16 and only trailed by seven at halftime and if D.J. Hernandez had converted on a two-point conversion run, the Huskies would have been in a one-score game with 4:21 left. UConn lost 30-20 and since that time the Huskies have posted both of their wins over ranked opponents and had five other games decided by 10 points or less.

Six players on the current UConn squad (Andrew Adams, Kenton Adeyemi, Julian Campenni, Max DeLorenzo, Junior Lee and Marquise Vann) got into the historical game back in 2012 when UConn beat Louisville in triple overtime marking the only time the Huskies won on the road against a ranked team while playing at the FBS level.

"Having the opportunity to win on the road is huge, it sets the tone," said Campenni, who had one of the four sacks of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, now the starter for the Minnesota Vikings, in the UConn win. "Going into hostile environments and being able to play well is a huge factor. It is going to be a great crowd, (noon) on ESPN so it is going to be a great test for us, we are excited about it."

Here's the breakdown of the game with home team in all capital letters
Dec. 3, 2005 - No. 19 Louisville 30, UCONN 20: D.J. Hernandez threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns and Danny Lansanah had 15 tackles
Oct. 27, 2007 - UCONN 22, No. 11 South Florida 15: Andre Dixon ran for 167 yards and Scott Lutrus returned interception for a score in Huskies first win over a ranked opponent.
Sept. 12, 2009 - No. 19 North Carolina 12, UCONN 10: A holding penalty in the end zone by UConn with 1:32 remaining broke a 10-10 tie. Jordan Todman had a 4-run TD run to put UConn up 10-0 late in the third quarter and the Tar Heels had minus 2 yards rushing through three quarters.
Oct. 24, 2009 - NO. 23 WEST VIRGINIA 28, UConn 24: West Virginia's Noel Devine's 56-yard scoring run with 2:10 remaining enabled the Mountaineers to avoid the upset. Greg Lloyd and Lawrence Wilson combined for 24 tackles while Marcus Easley had five catches for 157 yards including an 88-yard touchdown to give the Huskies the lead with 3:50 left to play.
Nov. 7, 2009 - NO. 5 CINCINNATI 47, UConn 45: Jordan Todman ran for 162 yards and four touchdowns but Cincinnati recovered the onsides kick after Zach Frazer's 9-yard touchdown pass and Dave Teggart's PAT pulled UConn within two points with 13 seconds left.
Nov. 24, 2012 - UConn 23, NO. 19 LOUISVILLE 20 (3 OT): Blidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted Teddy Bridgewater's third-down pass in triple overtime and Chad Christen 30-yard field goal gave the Huskies their one and only road win over a ranked opponent. Trevardo Williams had three sacks while Lyle McCombs ran for 133 yards and had 32 more on two receptions.
Sept. 21, 2013 - No. 14 Michigan 24, UCONN 21: Ty-Meer Brown returned a fumble 34 yards for a score early in the third quarter to give the Huskies a 21-7 lead but Fitzgerald Toussaint had the game-tying 12-yard run one play after a Chandler Whitmer interception with 9:49 remaining and Brendan Gibbons' 21-yard field goal with 4:36 left provided the winning points.
Oct. 23, 2014 - NO. 18 EAST CAROLINA 31, UConn 21: Even though Shane Carden and Justin Hardy teamed up 14 times for 186 yards for the Pirates, UConn had the ball on the ECU 41 yard line in a tie game early in the fourth quarter. East Carolina scored on consecutive possessions, aided by a pair of defensive pass interference penalties during the only touchdown-scoring drive in the fourth quarter. The game was the final one for cornerback Byron Jones, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.


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