For the next two weeks we will be hosting The Terry Baltimore Cup, a 12-play tournament to pick the best play in UConn football history. Today, we're introducing the top four seeds, which get a bye into next week's quarterfinals. Tomorrow we'll have our first opening round matchup. Our third nominee? Kashif Moore's one-handed touchdown grab.
The Date: January 2, 2012
The Game: UConn vs. South Carolina in the Papajohns.com bowl
The Play: UConn's 20-7 win over South Carolina in the Papajohns.com bowl was a wonderful end to the most difficult of seasons. Two and a half months after the murder of Jasper Howard the Huskies had managed to get their season back on track with an emotional win over Notre Dame and strong showings against Syracuse and USF to wrap up the Big East season. They were off to a bowl, but their draw was against Steve Spurrier's South Carolina team. South Carolina isn't a powerhouse, but neither is UConn and the Huskies had never beaten a SEC team before this game.
Kashif Moore helped change that. His one-handed touchdown catch set the tone for the day (UConn had a 20-0 lead at one point and USC's only points came on a garbage time score). The Huskies came to play and beat up their opponents on both sides of the ball. If we're being honest, the best performance of the day belonged to the defense, who allowed USC to convert only three third-downs in fifteen attempts, but it was Moore's catch that sticks with fans to this day. UConn may not have SEC speed, but Moore showed that it did not matter.