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 fourth nominee? Greg Robinson Jr.'s game-changing sack of Matt Grothe.
The Date: October 27, 2007
The Game: No. 10 South Florida vs. No. 23 UConn
The Play: If this series proves anything, it will be that the three-week run in 2007 when UConn beat Louisville, USF and Rutgers can put itself right up against the end of 2010 as the most exciting stretch in UConn football history. When No. 10 USF came into Rentschler Field on that cold and rainy October night it was a big deal. Not only were the Huskies working on their best opening in school history, but they were also looking for their first win over a ranked opponent. And boy did they get it.
It wasn't easy. After jumping out to a 16-0 start, the Huskies struggled to keep USF at bay and a handful of mistakes (including conceding a safety) did nothing to help matters. How close was it? Well, USF had the ball on UConn's 2 yard line with less than a minute left. That's where Greg Robinson Jr. came in along with what felt like half of the Husky roster. The video clip above gives you a good feeling for what Rentschler was like in the moment (click here to get a better angle on the play itself), because when Grothe dropped back and found himself surrounding by a sea of Huskies everyone knew the game was over. On the next play -- fourth down -- Grothe sailed a pass over his receiver's head and out of the endzone. UConn had its first win over a ranked opponent, the fans rushed the field, and what (then) felt like a miracle season continued on.