The Huskies now know where they are going for their first-ever bowl game.
They will be motorin'.
"We were ecstatic that the University of Connecticut was available to us and it took all of about three seconds for an unanimous vote," said Motor City Bowl executive director Ken Hoffman.
The Huskies (7-4) became bowl-eligible with a 29-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 20 and improved their chances of selection by beating league foe Rutgers, 41-35, on Nov. 25.
Connecticut was reportedly prepared to accept an invitation to the Continental Tire Bowl last week, but Pittsburgh's win over West Virginia and Syracuse's upset of Boston College over the weekend altered the conference's balance.
But for a team that just moved up to Division I-A in 2002 and joined the Big East in 2004, any bowl is a mighty big bowl.
SCOUTING THE OFFENSE
Senior QB Dan Orlovsky is the Big East's second-ranked passer (283.2 ypg.), while RB Cornell Brockington is its top-ranked rusher (104.2 ypg.). Orlovsky has thrown for 21 touchdowns against 14 interceptions in 11 games. The Huskies are averaging 29.5 points per game, second in the conference behind West Virginia.
SCOUTING THE DEFENSE
The Huskies own the league's third-ranked scoring (22.7 ppg.) and total (331.6 ypg.) defense. Alfred Fincher and Maurice Lloyd, both senior linebackers, have recorded 131 and 99 tackles, respectively.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We talked all year long about seizing the opportunity and this young group of men did just that." -- Coach Randy Edsall, on the Huskies being selected for the Motor City Bowl.
Connecticut (7-4) will be playing in the Motor City Bowl on Dec. 27 in Detroit against the winner of the MAC title game -- either Toledo or Miami (Ohio).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Dan Orlovsky -- The senior completed 19 of 30 pass attempts for 264 yards and three touchdowns in his final regular season game against Rutgers. Orlovsky, who managed scoring passes of 16, 32 and 3 yards, also rushed for 40 yards.
RB Cornell Brockington -- The Big East's leading rusher delivered 73 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the first half against Rutgers. He also caught a 16-yard touchdown pass, but didn't return for the final two quarters after sustaining a shoulder injury.
DE Tyler King (broken leg) is out indefinitely. Brockington (shoulder) should be available for the bowl game.