Nov. 11, 2010
EAST HARTFORD, CONN. (November 11, 2010) - Junior tailback Jordan Todman (North Dartmouth, Mass.) rushed for a career-high 222 yards and Connecticut converted a dramatic fourth-and-one from their own territory with 2:33 to play as the Huskies rallied to defeat Pittsburgh, 30-28, Thursday evening before a crowd of 35,391 at Rentschler Field.
The Huskies, winners of two straight, improve to 5-4 on the season and level their BIG EAST record at 2-2. The Panthers drop to 5-4, 3-1 in conference play.
Connecticut was nursing a 30-28 lead when the Huskies faced a fourth-and-one at their own 19. Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall elected to go for it instead of punting the ball back to the Panthers, and Todman rewarded his head coach by barreling ahead for four yards. The Huskies then safely ran out the clock to earn the victory.
Todman was immense throughout the game in setting career marks with his 37 attempts and 222 yards. His exploits pushed his career rushing total to 2,660, as he passed both Ed Long and Wilbur Gilliard as he moved into third place all-time at Connecticut.
For the second consecutive game, the Huskies found themselves in an early hole. On the first play from scrimmage, a flea-flicker pass by redshirt senior quarterback Zach Frazer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) was intercepted by Jarred Holley. Five plays later, Dion Lewis scrambled in from the four, and just two minutes into the contest, the Huskies trailed 7-0.
Connecticut quickly responded, as they marched 83 yards in 11 plays scoring when Frazer connected with redshirt junior Kashif Moore (Burlington, N.J.) on a 36-yard scoring strike. On Pittsburgh's next possession, they marched deep into Husky territory before redshirt junior safety Jerome Junior (Baltimore, Md.) picked off Panther quarterback Tino Sunseri at the Connecticut nine and return it seventeen yards. The ensuing drive stalled and redshirt junior kicker Dave Teggart (Northborough, Mass.) drilled the first of his three field goals, this one from 46 yards out.
Teggart connected again early in the third quarter from 39 yards out to put the Huskies ahead 13-7, but Pittsburgh retook the lead on a one-yard run by Lewis. After a Connecticut punt, the Panthers scored again on a five-yard run by Ray Graham. On the ensuing kickoff, sophomore Nick Williams (East Windsor, N.J.) ran it all the way back 95 yards for a score, his second kickoff return for a score this year. His score cut the Panther lead to 21-20.
Teggart put the Huskies back ahead with a 25-yard field goal, and when Pittsburgh fumbled the ensuing kickoff on a jarring hit by senior fullback Anthony Sherman (North Attleboro, Mass.), redshirt junior tailback Robbie Frey (Lehighton, Pa.) recovered and the Huskies were back in business. Two plays later, Frazer connected with redshirt junior wide receiver Isiah Moore (Cambridge, Mass.) from 14 yards out for the score.
Pittsburgh's Jon Baldwin scored on a controversial 20-yard pass from Sunseri with 4:35 to play setting the stage for Todman's heroics.
Frazer finished with nine completions in 20 attempts, for 100 yards and the two touchdowns and one interception. Kashif Moore had two receptions for 46 yards and his score. The Connecticut defense was paced by redshirt senior linebacker Lawrence Wilson (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) who had 11 tackles and one sack.
The Huskies will return to the gridiron on Saturday, November 20 when they travel to Syracuse, N.Y. to play the Orange in the Carrier Dome. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. and the contest will be nationally televised by ESPNU.