Sept. 5, 2009
ATHENS, Ohio - Sophomore tailback Jordan Todman (North Darmouth, Mass.) rushed for 157 yards, including 111 in the first half, to lead the University of Connecticut to a 23-16 opening-night victory over Ohio before a crowd of 24,617 at Peden Stadium.
Redshirt junior quarterback Zach Frazer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) was 11 of 24 in the air for 127 yards and two passing touchdowns. Frazer, who started a pair of games last year and saw duty in a total of five, matched his entire 2008 passing TDs in the first night of 2009.
The Husky defense picked up right where it left off last year after concluding the season ranked sixth in the NCAA in yards surrendered per game. UConn gave up just 247 yards, allowing only 90 in the second half.
UConn had an outstanding defensive stop in the first quarter when Ohio took possession at the Husky six following an interception return. On a second-and-goal play, senior free safety Robert Vaughn (North Attleboro, Mass.) picked up a fumble recovery from quarterback Theo Scott ending the threat.
That turnover set up the only points of the first quarter for the Huskies when Frazer threw a four-yard TD pass to redshirt junior fullback Anthony Davis (Germantown, Pa.) that capped a ten-play drive with 4:30 left to play.
The Bobcats tied the game on a nifty 44-yard TD pass from Boo Jackson to Taylor Price on a third-and-long play with 3:58 left to play in the half.
The Huskies came right back to take the halftime lead when Frazer led UConn on a seven play drive that was capped with a 35-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Brad Kanuch (Johnstown, Pa.).
UConn broke through in the second half scoring with a safety when the Husky defense forced Jackson down in the end zone for a seven-yard loss with 2:48 left in the quarter to make it 16-7.
The Huskies took advantage of the free kick and march the ball from their own 38 to a touchdown score on a four-yard run by Todman early in the fourth quarter to go up 23-7.
Redshirt freshman tight end Ryan Griffin (Londonderry, N.H.) had two receptions for 26 yards. Senior tailback Andre Dixon (New Brunwick, N.J) also had two receptions for 20 yards and rushed the ball 19 times for 100 yards recording the fifth 100-yard rushing game of his career.
Jackson led Ohio in passing and was 8 of 16 in the air for 117 yards and a TD. He also was the Bobcats leading rusher, running the ball for 20 yards.
UConn returns to action next Saturday when it takes on North Carolina in the home opener at Rentschler Field at noon. That game will be televised nationally by ESPNU. Tickets remain on sale at UConnHuskies.com and by calling 1-877-AT-UCONN.