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Connecticut wins Big East, earns BCS bid

Connecticut beat South Florida 19-16 Saturday night in Tampa to win the Big East and earn the conference's BCS bid.

The Huskies will head to a BCS bowl for the first time in school history. Connecticut will either play ACC champion Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 or Big 12 champion Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1.

Connecticut (8-4) finished in a three-way tie with West Virginia and Pittsburgh, but beat both of those schools to win the tie-breaker. West Virginia beat Rutgers 35-14 earlier in the day. Once West Virginia won, Pittsburgh, which beat Cincinnati 28-10, was eliminated since the Mountaineers beat the Panthers and had the tie-breaker. If Connecticut had lost, West Virginia would've won the Big East title.

After South Florida tied the game 16-16 with 1:16 remaining, the Huskies got a great kickoff return to their 40-yard line. Over the next five plays, Connecticut quartterback Zach Frazer completed two key passes to get the ball to the South Florida 35. Dave Teggart then hit a career-long 52-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining to win it.

Teggart hit four field goals in the game. Connecticut got its other points on a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown by linebacker Lawrence Wilson.

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