Upset Is Spelled U-C-O-N-N!

Robert BContributor INovember 22, 2009

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 21: Kashif Moore #82 of the Univeristy of Connecticut Huskies celebrates an overtime touchdown catch against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on November 21, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. Connecticut defeated Notre Dame 33-30 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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In a game in which it appeared Uconn again had found a way to lose, someone had to step up and change this team's fortune.  That someone is senior running back Andre Dixon.  Playing in the biggest game of his four year career Dixon ran for 114 yards and the game winning touchdown on 20 carries, most of those yards came in the second half and overtimes.  But, this win was about more than one person, this was about a university and their football team that has been put through something never seen before.  A death of a beloved teammate corner Jasper Howard combined with 5 losses by a combined 15 points had really put this team in a tough state of mind.  But, yesterday in South Bend that all changed, playing a team with the history of Notre Dame many thought Uconn did not stand a chance.  Uconn came to play yesterday led by their running back combo Jordan Todman(26 carries 130 yards a td, and a 96 yard kickoff return for a touchdown) and Andre Dixon pounded the ball down Notre Dame's throat and really controlled the game's tempo.  With a struggling defense it seemed Uconn would give up 40 points, but led by a young secondary Uconn's defense held in there and for the most part played a really solid game.  Blidi-Ray Wilson, Howard's replacement at corner had an amazing game.  He stepped up in the second half in containing Golden Tate after struggling the weeks before.  Lindsey Witten who was silent in the pass rush finally recorded a sack and seemed to get pressure of Jimmy Clausen most of the game.  When fans look back on this game it would have appeared things were taking a turn for the worse in the fourth quarter; down 20-17 Uconn had two rushing touchdowns called back on questionable holding calls forcing them to settle on a field goal to tie the game.  After recovering a fumble, Uconn had set up kicker Dave Teggart for a 37 yard field goal with 2 seconds to go.  It appeared Uconn had won, but Teggart shanked the kick wide left and Notre Dame seemed to have the advantage heading into overtime and Uconn fans had to be thinking here we go again.  But, things took a good turn for Uconn after junior transfer quarterback and former Notre Dame Zach Frazier(12-25 141 yards 1 td and 1 int) found Kashif Moore in the endzone for an 11 yard touchdown and the lead.  It seemed they were destined to end the game there, Notre Dame had a 3rd and 10 and it seemed the game was over but Clausen found Michael Floyd for a first down at the Uconn five yardline and one play later Uconn found themselves in a deadlock tie after Clausen found Floyd again.  Once again Notre Dame had stolen the momentum and seemed destined to give Uconn another heartbreaking loss, but the defense proved to be resilient and found a way to hold the Irish to a field goal.  Uconn then once again turned to the man they trust most Mr. Andre Dixon who accounted for all the yards and the game winning touchdown on Uconn's final possesion.  Once, Dixon reached the endzone from four yards out, this team finally could take a sigh of relief.  You could see how much this team wanted this game numerous players in tears.  Head Coach Randy Edsall was holding back tears in his post game interview saying, "We're just thankful that we were able to finally put together a win, so now we can take a game ball and send it down to Joe, Angela, and Henry and David, and the Howard family.  Because I know one thing, that little number 6 was up there looking down on us today."  Edsall also called this game, "Best win we have ever had."  And he could not be anymore right, this game did not just change the season for the huskies, but this was a program changing win.  With momentum on their side this team is looking at a chance at going 7-5 and going bowling.  This one win may have just saved this program's season.