Huskies hoping for bowl bid

Originally Published: November 18, 2003
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to
The Huskies rested their case for a bowl bid with a 51-17 thumping of Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. Too bad the jury needs to be bought off. In only its second year in Division I-A, Connecticut won nine games. The Huskies' only losses were to Virginia Tech, Boston College and NC State. Coach Randy Edsall knows if his team matches the record next year -- after it joins the Big East Conference -- a bowl berth would be guaranteed. As an independent not named Notre Dame, Connecticut likely will miss the postseason.

"I've looked at different scenarios," Edsall said. "We need some help and we know it's a long shot. We were a long shot to be 9-3 so hopefully something good can happen for us. We understood this coming into the year. We know what the cards were at the beginning."

Most of the Huskies' star players return next season, including QB Dan Orlovsky and RBs Terry Caulley and Cornell Brockington. "We did what we needed to do," Edsall said. "We got nine wins and I don't think there's too many teams who will have more wins than us. We put ourselves in position. I think we're a team that deserves that opportunity."