Sunday, January 2, 2011
Instant analysis: Oklahoma 48, UConn 20
By Ted Miller
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl went about like the "experts" expected. Connecticut scrapped like crazy, but it just didn't have the firepower to keep up with Oklahoma, losing 48-20.
How the game was won: Connecticut's inability to truly threaten the upset was based on a fairly basic problem: The offense couldn't score. The Huskies didn't score an offensive touchdown, which is a problem when you're playing an explosive team like Oklahoma.
Stat of the game: Oklahoma passed for 433 yards while UConn passed for 222. The Huskies are a nice power running team, but they will need to cultivate more balance to win games like this in the future.
Player of the game: Huskies running back Jordan Todman: You know he's coming, but he still gets his yards. Todman finished with 122 yards on 32 carries. It was tough going for Todman most of the night, but he fought for every yard.
Unsung hero of the game: The Huskies defense did a respectable job keeping the Sooners out of the endzone, particularly in the second half, allowing just 14 points.
Second guessing: Trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, UConn faced a fourth and inches on the Oklahoma 19-yard line. The Huskies went for it, which was a good call. But the handoff to Robbie Frey, who was stuffed for no gain, wasn't a terribly inspired call. Heck, the center was uncovered and quarterback Zach Frazer weighs 230 pounds. A QB sneak might have been a better choice. Hey, hindsight.
What Connecticut learned: The Huskies learned that they could play a competitive game on a big stage with one of the nation's elite programs. It also learned that it needs to get better, particularly on offense, if it is going to win a game on a big stage over one of the nation's elite programs.