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 have our first opening round matchup. The winner of this will contest will take on Kashif Moore's one-handed catch in next week's quarterfinals. You have until 6 a.m. on Thursday to vote for your favorite.
The Date: November 21, 2009
The Game: UConn vs. Notre Dame
The Plays: Today we've got something a little special, a pair of plays from one of UConn's greatest wins. You know the game. Searching for its first win since Jasper Howard's death, UConn traveled to South Bend, Ind., where the Huskies roared back from a slow start to force overtime, ultimately winning in the second OT. The game produced a ton of highlights (including an impressive Jordan Todman touchdown run and a Todman kick return that went for six) but today we're going to focus on two in particular.
The first is Greg Lloyd's thunderous goal-line hit, which liberated Armando Allen's helmet. You can check that out by going to the 50-second mark of the above video. It's an absolutely ferocious hit, one of the best in school history and it's a wonder that Allen did not fumble the ball.
The second play is far from flashy, but for UConn fans it's a thing of beauty. After holding the Irish to a field goal in the second overtime, UConn was a trip to the endzone away from escaping Notre Dame stadium with the win. They got it thanks to a simple but effective run by Andre Dixon, whose blockers opened up a perfect hole. But what really makes it special is the fact that with under three minutes left in the game the referees brought back not one, but two would-be Dixon touchdowns on holding calls that would be charitably described as "questionable." After seeing two potential winning touchdowns get brought off the board, seeing Dixon in the endzone without a yellow flag on the field was a thing of beauty.