UConn Goes For It, Jordan Todman Makes It

On Nov. 11, 2010 UConn coach Randy Edsall gambled on fourth-and-1 on his own 19-yard line. He called Jordan Todman's number and the Huskies' top runner gained the first down, allowing the Huskies to run out the clock in a 30-28 victory. (DAVID BUTLER II-US PRESSWIRE, US PRESSWIRE / November 11, 2010)

EAST HARTFORD -- Well, that was exciting. UConn coach Randy Edsall answered a controversial Pittsburgh touchdown late in the fourth quarter with an intriguing call of his own, and it secured a 30-28 win over the Panthers before 35,391 at Rentschler Field Thursday night.

Pitt (5-4, 3-1) was the Big East's best to this point and its lone undefeated team. UConn improves to 5-4 and 2-2 in the conference.

On a fourth-and-1 from the UConn 19 with 2:50 left, Edsall called timeout and decided to go for it deep in his own end.

Jordan Todman, who blew up the Pitt defense for a career-high 222 yards on 37 carries, gained 4 - and proceeded to run out the final four minutes to preserve a huge win for the Huskies.

"When you have confidence in your offensive line and the running back, it makes the decision easier," Edsall said. "I just wanted us to control our own destiny.

"I think I said, 'Defense, do you think you can stop them?' And before they could answer, I said, 'We're going for it.' With what was on the line, I just wanted to control our own destiny."

Jon Baldwin's 20-yard catch in the corner of the end zone with 4:35 left - he was ruled out of bounds on the field but the call was reversed - had pulled Pitt to 30-28 before UConn turned to Todman to put it away.

"I had a lot of confidence in our offensive line that they would get a good push and I'd just lean forward," Todman said of the fourth-and-1 play. "I would have never thought of punting - just let's run it, get it and put it away."

Dion Lewis led Pitt on the ground with 77 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 13 carries. Quarterback Tino Sunseri was 20 of 28 for 220 yards, one TD and two interceptions.

Pitt had 143 yards on the ground to UConn's 249.

"Their offensive line was blocking us; they pushed us around to be quite honest," Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said.

UConn QB Zach Frazer, who left the game briefly with an injury, was 9 of 20 for 100 yards and two TDs.

The Panthers definitely gave the Huskies an early Christmas present.

Ray Graham (16 carries, 75 yards, TD) fumbled the kickoff after the Huskies went ahead by two on Dave Teggart's 25-yard field goal. Two plays later, Frazer found Isiah Moore for a 14-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone. The Huskies led 30-21 with 6:19 left.

Teggart's third field goal, with 7:07 left, had made it 23-21.

The eight-play, 52-yard drive was buoyed by a 21-yard run by Todman.

Frazer lay on the ground after an incompletion and a hit and was escorted off the field early in the fourth. Redshirt freshman Mike Box replaced him, ran for 8 yards and was leveled at the end of the run by Dom DeCicco.

But Box, who sustained a concussion at Louisville Oct. 23 and was just cleared to play this week, bounced right back up. Frazer, who had the wind knocked out of him, returned on the Huskies' next series with 10:16 to go in the game.

After Graham's 5-yard touchdown run gave Pitt a 21-13 lead with 13 seconds left in the third quarter, Nick Williams started the Huskies' comeback by returning the ensuing kickoff 95 yards and the Huskies were within 21-20 entering the fourth quarter after a Teggart extra point.