Noechel had seven tackles, including a key third down stop for a loss of three yards to blunt a Husky drive. He also forced a fumble, broke up a fourth down pass to end another UConn drive, and capped his stellar evening by intercepting a pass to stop the Huskies final drive of the evening.
"I finally got a chance to start, and I felt like I had to come out and prove myself," the Marion County native said. "I just tried to play hard tonight, and we had a great game defensively. I've been running with the first team all week, and I've been preparing like I was going to start, but I wasn't sure until tonight."
Offensively, it was the player that Randy Edsall called "the best athlete [I] have faced" that earned our honors as the offensive player of the game.
The senior's excellent play went beyond mere numbers, however, as he coolly changed plays, made excellent reads on the option, and generally kept the UConn defense guessing for much of the contest.
"You can sit there and try to do different things, but a guy like that, you better have a lot of speed if you want to contain him. We don't have anyone who can run him down. He is a very good player."