Saturday, November 28, 2009
UConn win earns spot for a bowl
By Brian Bennett
Connecticut hung more than 50 points on Syracuse today, winning 56-31 at home to improve to 6-5. That makes the Huskies eligible for a bowl, making it six Big East teams who can make the postseason.
The game was a little closer than the final score indicates. UConn scored in the final minute by going for it on fourth down and surprising Syracuse with a pass for a touchdown. Then, Dwayne Gratz scooped up a fumble and ran it to the house with eight seconds to go.
The UConn offense has been zipping along the past three games. Jordan Todman led the way with 123 rushing yards on 25 carries, becoming just the second back to exceed 100 yards against the Orange defense. Andre Dixon added 73 yards and three scores.
The Huskies will make a nice story for some bowl game next month. Right now, the St. Petersburg Bowl seems most likely.
Syracuse ends its season at 4-8, which is a one-game improvement over last year. The Orange, though, seem to be making a bigger leap than that. They competed well today despite falling in an early hole. Doug Marrone appears to have this program on the right track, though he still needs to find more players.
And it was a nice final game for Greg Paulus, who completed 24 of 32 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns.