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2008 Connecticut Huskies football
International Bowl, W 38-20
Conference Big East Conference
2008 record 8-5 (3-4 Big East)
Head coach Randy Edsall
Offensive coordinator Rob Ambrose
Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando

Home stadium

Rentschler Field (40,000)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Big East football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
#17 Cincinnati 6 1     11 3
Pittsburgh 5 2     9 4
#23 West Virginia 5 2     9 4
Rutgers 5 2     8 5
Connecticut 3 4     8 5
South Florida 2 5     8 5
Louisville 1 6     5 7
Syracuse 1 6     3 9
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 2008 Connecticut Huskies football team represents the University of Connecticut in the 2008 college football season as a member of the Big East Conference. The team is coached by Randy Edsall and plays its home games at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Contents

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
August 28, 2008[1]* 7:00pm Hofstra Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT ESPN Plus W 35-3  
September 6, 2008* 12:00pm at Temple Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, PA ESPNU W 12-9 OT 
September 13, 2008* 7:30pm Virginia Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT ESPNU W 45-10  
September 19, 2008* 8:00pm Baylor Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT ESPN 2 W 31-28  
September 26, 2008 8:00pm at Louisville Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, Kentucky ESPN 2 W 26-21  
October 4, 2008* 7pm at North Carolina #24 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC ESPN2 L 38-12  
October 18, 2008 12pm at Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPNU L 12-10  
October 25, 2008† 12pm Cincinnati Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT Big East Network W 40-16  
November 1, 2008 12pm West Virginia Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT Big East Network L 35-13  
November 15, 2008 7:00pm at Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ESPNU W 39-14  
November 23, 2008 8:00pm at South Florida Raymond James StadiumTampa Bay, Florida ESPN L 17-13  
December 6, 2008 12:00 #23 Pittsburgh Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT ESPN L 34-10  
January 3, 2009* 12:00pm vs. Buffalo Rogers CentreToronto, ON (International Bowl) ESPN W 38-20  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from the AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game Notes

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Hofstra

1 2 3 4 Total
Hofstra 0 0 3 0 3
Connecticut 14 14 0 7 35

Making their 2008 season debut, the Huskies came out strong scoring 14 points in each of the first two quarters en route to a 35-3 victory against FCS opponent Hofstra. In the game, Donald Brown rushed for 150 yards and four touchdowns before giving way to Robbie Frey who added a score of his own. UConn also extended their home winning streak to 8 games extending back to last season.

Temple

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Connecticut 0 0 0 6 6 12
Temple 3 3 0 0 3 9

As UConn took the show on the road, conditions were less than ideal as Hurricane Hanna (in a weakened state) made her presence felt in Philadelphia. The game which was billed by Temple as UConn/Temple II didn't really live up to the hype of the controversial game last year. In a game which was largely played within the 20's, Donald Brown rushed for a career high 214 yards, and the game winning touchdown in overtime. Place kicker Tony Ciaravino added two field goals to give UConn their twelve point total for the day.

Virginia

1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia 0 0 3 7 10
Connecticut 7 21 14 3 45

Junior tailback Donald Brown rushed for over 200 yards for the second consecutive week and senior quarterback Tyler Lorenzen had a terrific game running the Connecticut offense as the Huskies manhandled Virginia, 45-10, in a non-conference football game played before a sellout crowd of 40,000 at Rentschler Field.

Baylor

1 2 3 4 Total
Baylor 7 7 7 7 28
Connecticut 0 14 10 7 31

Junior tailback Donald Brown scored on a three-yard run with 6:04 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Connecticut defense held Baylor on fourth down with less than a minute to play as the Huskies hung on to defeat the Bears, 31-28, before a crowd of 38,870 at Rentschler Field.

Louisville

1 2 3 4 Total
Connecticut 3 7 7 9 26
Louisville 0 14 7 0 21

The Huskies took the show on the road to start a very long, and potentially very rewarding three game road trip. The defense for UConn was less than stellar allowing 508 yards of offense, almost double their own output. The shining light for the Huskies was Donald Brown, who rushed for 190 yards and a touchdown. When he was given the ball, he made things happen time and time again. The injury bug also hit the Huskies and hit them hard. Starting quarterback Tyler Lorenzen suffered a broken foot early in the second quarter paving the way for Notre Dame transfer Zach Frazier to take over the helm. Later in the third quarter, senior tight end Steve Brouse suffered a broken leg. Despite the injuries to two of their senior offensive leaders, the Huskies rallied late behind Frazier and two way player Darius Butler. Trailing by one point with 2:45 left in the game, Linebacker Lawrence Wilson picked off Cardinal's quarterback Hunter Cantwell and went 45 yards the other way to put UConn up 26-21, with the two point conversion being unsuccessful. The UConn defense held strong on the ensuing possession, sealing the victory, and the Huskies second consecutive 5-0 start.

International Bowl

The Huskies had a great season and were invited to their third bowl game in school history for the second straight year. On January 3, 2009 they played the University of Buffalo Bulls in the International Bowl in Toronto, Canada. The Huskies started off committing sloppy turnovers in the first half but would go on to win the game 38-20. Running back Donald Brown rushed for 261 yards on 29 carries and one TD, and was named the MVP of the game. After the game he decided to forgo his senior season to enter the 2009 NFL Draft.

2009 Draft

Four players on the 2008 UConn football team were selected in the 2009 NFL Draft on April 25, 2009. Donald Brown was selected at #27 by the Indianapolis Colts, Darius Butler was selected by the New England Patriots at #41, Will Beatty and Cody Brown were selected late in the 2nd round at #60 (Will Beatty, New York Giants) and #63 (Cody Brown, Arizona Cardinals).

After the Draft, four other Huskies signed free agent contracts with NFL Teams. Those Huskies include: Julius Williams (Jacksonville Jaguars), Dahna Deleston (Chicago Bears), Tyler Lorenzen (Jacksonville Jaguars), and Keith Gray (Carolina Panthers)

On May 2, 2009, Senior Martin Bédard was taken in the second round of the CFL Canadian Football League Draft by the Montreal Alouettes

Rankings

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP -- -- -- -- -- 24 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Coaches -- -- -- -- -- 23 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Harris Not released 24 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
BCS Not released -- 25 -- -- -- -- --

Post Season Team Awards

The 2008 Connecticut Huskies post season team awards were handed out during their annual team banquet.[2] The award winners were:

  • Most Valuable Player
Donald Brown
  • Offensive Player of the Year
Donald Brown
  • Defensive Player of the Year
Cody Brown
  • Special Teams Player of the Year
Robbie Frey
  • Joseph M. Giannelli Unsung Hero Award
William Beatty and Dahna Deleston
  • John L. Toner Scholar Athlete Award
Keith Gray
  • Football Alumni Award
Tyler Lorenzen and Steve Brouse
  • Kendall Madison Award
Darius Butler
  • Brian Kozlowski Award
Julius Williams

Roster

UConn Huskies Roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

  • 87 Ellis Gaulden
  • 82 Kashif Moore
  • 14 D.J. Hernandez
  • 3 Brad Kanuch
  • 1 Darius Butler
  • 19 Erik Muschette
  • 29 Marcus Easley
  • 85 Kevin Poles

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen
  • 64 Will Beatty LT
  • 73 Dan Ryan LT
  • 57 Moe Petrus LG
  • 69 Trey Tonsing LG
  • 68 Keith Gray C
  • 70 Gary Bardzak C
  • 78 Zach Hurd RG
  • 66 Matheiu Oliver RG
  • 79 Mike Hicks RT
  • 72 Mike Ryan RT

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

  • 32 Scott Lutrus Husky LB
  • 10 Greg Robinson Husky LB
  • 19 Kijuan Dabney Husky LB
  • 95 Greg Lloyd MLB
  • 31 C.J. Marck MLB
  • 8 Lawrence Wilson WLB
  • 18 Aaron Bryant WLB
Defensive Backs

Special Teams

  • 97 Tony Ciaravino K
  • 38 David Teggart K
  • 13 Desi Cullen P

References


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