UConn Scores First Win over West Virginia

Saturday was dubbed "Road Block Saturday" around college football, but for the Huskies it was "Redemption Friday". The much maligned Zach Frazer, Dave Teggart and UConn defense all came up big, and the Huskies scored their first ever win over the Mountaineers.

Frazer started slow, sailing a couple of early passes, but on Friday night the good by far outweighed the bad. He connected on 18 of 29 passes and was even better than that. Ryan Griffin dropped a pass near the goal line, Isiah Moore dropped what would have been a huge gainer down the sideline, and Michael Smith failed to come down with one as well. Not a banner night for the UConn receiving corps. Still, Frazer managed 166 yards against one of the stingiest pass defenses in the nation. Say what you will about Zach Frazer (and I've said plenty), but he was the quarterback for three of the programs biggest victories (Notre Dame, South Carolina and West Virginia).

Dave Teggart has had an up and down junior campaign. He came into the game having hit just nine of 14 attempts, but Friday night there were no such inconsistencies. Three for three, including the game winner in overtime. This was not the first time he kicked a game winner for UConn. Last season he drilled a 42 yarder as time expired in the snow vs South Florida, giving the Huskies a 29-27 win. Perhaps last night's performance will instill some confidence in Teggart moving forward; there's no question he's got the ability to be a fine kicker at this level.

The real star of Friday night's win was UConn's defense. Sure they were gashed for 254 yards on the ground, but they also came up with four fumble recoveries and notched seven tackles for a loss. Sio Moore played absolutely out of his mind. 17 tackles, three of which were for a loss, and two forced fumbles. He now leads the team with 10 tackles for a loss on the season. The defense held Noel Devine to 67 yards on 16 carries, and held Geno Smith to just 160 yards passing. Only LSU held Smith to fewer passing yards this season (119). The Huskies have come out of the bye week with back to back solid defensive performances...perhaps they've found something.

The Huskies now have another bye week and then they'll welcome in the the first place Pittsburgh Panthers. Sure the milestone victory is nice, but it will be even nicer if that milestone turns into a stepping stone to a late season flurry like we saw from UConn a year ago. If the win over West Virginia has the same springboard effect that the Notre Dame win had a year ago, and the Huskies can take care of Pittsburgh at home, they can once again be mentioned in the Big East title conversation. Hard to imagine a week ago, but with only two teams in the Big East sporting winning records (Pitt 3-0, Syracuse 3-1), anything can happen.


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