John F. Silver
UConn won for the first time in school history on the road against a ranked team and beat a ranked team for only the second time in its history as UConn stunned No. 20 Louisville 23-20 in triple overtime on Saturday.
The Huskies (5-6, 2-4 Big East) won back-to-back games for the first time in Paul Pasqualoni’s two years as coach and won their first win over a ranked team since beating South Florida at home in October of 2007. UConn is now 2 -19 all-time against ranked foes.
“We are proud of them we really are,” Pasqualoni told WTIC-1080AM postgame. “This was a top 20 team and 9-1 and our guys came down and showed what they are made of.
The key play came in the third overtime as Blidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted a Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the endzone setting up one final attempt.
“I know they like to throw back shoulder fades,” Wreh-Wilson told WTIC. “They ran it the same before and tried to give me a hard inside stick and I flattened him out like Coach Brown says to do and made a play on the ball.
“I wanted to make sure both hands are on (the ball) and solidified the interception and leave nothing to chance.”
The Huskies used Lyle McCombs and the running game to the ball to the 13, and Chad Christen split the uprights from 30-yards to send the sidelines into celebration.
Christen, who missed four field goals in an early season loss to Temple, was 3 for 3 on Saturday.
Lyle McCombs ran for 133 yards for the Huskies, who lost quarterback Chandler Whitmer to a head injury in the second half. Johnny McEntee, last year’s starter, threw a key touchdown in overtime as he saw his first meaningful action this year.
Louisville’s (9-2, 4-2) Teddy Bridgewater threw for 331 yards despite missing several series after he had his left wrist taped with a bulky bandage. Bridgewater played despite having little use of his left hand.
The Huskies can become bowl eligible next week if they can knock off Cincinnati at home.