Welcome to the final of The Terry Baltimore Cup, a 12-play tournament to pick the best play in UConn football history. This is it. After two weeks of voting you've whittled our field down to just two: Dave Teggart's BCS-clinching kick or Kashif Moore's one-handed grab in the Papajohns.com bowl. Check out both plays below and then vote. You have until 6 a.m. Monday to vote for your favorite.
First up is Dave Teggart's kick. Here are our thoughts:
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.
The other candidate is Kashif Moore's one-handed catch in the PapaJohns.com bowl. Here's what we had to say about it:
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.