Saturday, January 1, 2011
Halftime: Oklahoma 20, UConn 10
By Ted Miller
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- So far, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is going mostly as expected: Though Connecticut is scrapping, Oklahoma is in control.
Turning point: UConn, really, produced just one big play -- a pick-six interception from cornerback Dwayne Gratz. But it energized the crowd and gave the Huskies a moment of hope, which grew when the Sooners faced a third-and-4 from their 26-yard line on the next possession. A three-and-out would have established a solid momentum shift. But Landry Jones found Ryan Broyles for 35 yards. While the Sooners only ended up with a field goal, the play quashed the Huskies momentum and helped Jones get back on track.
Stat of the half: 279-109. That's Oklahoma's advantage in total yards at the break.
Best player in the half: Other than the pick-six, Jones has dominated. He completed 21-of-27 for 233 yards and a touchdown at the break. He's been accurate and efficient and the interception didn't break his rhythm.
What Connecticut needs to do: The Huskies are fighting, and the defense has made a couple of plays to keep the game within striking distance. But the UConn offense has to be more aggressive in order to get some points. That means throwing downfield and perhaps trying a few tricks. If the Huskies are playing to win and not just to keep things close, they need to take chances. In fact, quarterback Zach Frazer has looked good. He's completed 10-of-16 for 73 yards. He only averages 120 yards passing per game.