Welcome back to The Terry Baltimore Cup, a 12-play tournament to pick the best play in UConn football history. We've reached the semifinals. We'll have one vote today and the other tomorrow. Our first contest? Dave Teggart's BCS-clinching kick vs. DJ Hernandez's two-point conversion to beat Pittsburgh in overtime. You have until 6 a.m. tomorrow to vote for your favorite.
First up is Dave Teggart's kick. Here's what we wrote last week:
After a miserable 0-2 start in conference play, which featured a bad loss to Rutgers and an excruciating loss to Louisville, the Huskies went on a tear, winning their next four conference games and putting themselves in a position to clinch the Big East title and a trip to a BCS bowl with a win over USF in Tampa. The offense struggled all day (UConn's only touchdown was a Lawrence Wilson pick-six), but kicker Dave Teggart bailed the Huskies out again and again. He hit a 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to put UConn up 16-6, but when USF tied the game up late the Huskies needed to call on him one last time.
With 19 seconds on the clock Teggart lined up for a 52-yard field goal, which was a career-long distance. Fortunately for UConn fans he delivered what might be a career-best kick, drilling the ball straight down the center with power to spare. UConn had their title and their BCS bid, all thanks to Teggart's powerful leg.
That's competing against D.J. Hernandez's game winner over Pitt. Our thoughts:
It wasn't necessarily a joy to be a UConn fan in 2006. The Huskies, now two years removed from the Motor City Bowl, and with DJ Hernandez under center and an untested freshman named Donald Brown carrying most of the workload in the backfield they struggled, losing five of their last six games to finish four and eight. But note that I said they lost five of their last six, not all six. That's because of the play you see above.
UConn had struggled to score all year so with the Huskies down 31-17 in the fourth quarter and needing two long drives to tie it up a loss seemed like a foregone conclusion. Somehow, someway Hernandez led UConn on drives of 98 and 77 yards to force overtime with three seconds remaining in regulation.
The teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime and Pittsburgh scored in their half of the second. UConn scored thanks to Donald Brown, but instead of taking the chip-shot extra point and forcing triple overtime Randy Edsall did the one thing he never did -- roll the dice. He sent Hernandez back out to go for two. He rolled out on a bootleg, saw an opening and scampered into the endzone, giving UConn a 46-45 win and celebrating by throwing the ball clear out of Rentschler Field.