BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Andre Dixon rushed for 126 yards and a
touchdown and resilient Connecticut ended a trying season with a
20-7 victory over South Carolina in the Papajohns.com Bowl on
The Huskies (8-5) are 3-1 in bowl games since moving up to
Division I-A (now FBS) in 2002. They won their final three
regular-season games and overcame the October stabbing death of
cornerback Jasper Howard to reach a bowl.
UConn made the most of the trip. The nation's 95th-rated pass
defense throttled South Carolina (7-6) and quarterback Stephen
Garcia while relying on Dixon's 33 carries to control the ball.
Dixon was the Most Valuable Player and joined teammate Jordan
Todman as 1,000-yard rushers, the first time two UConn backs have
surpassed that mark in a season.
Garcia completed just 16 of 38 passes for 129 yards while
gaining 56 yards on 15 carries.