Best Big East games of 2010: No. 1

The countdown is over. Here is my choice for the best Big East game of 2010:

No. 1

Connecticut 16, West Virginia 13 (OT) on Oct. 29 at Rentschler Field

Why this one: Was it the prettiest game in the world? No. Was it the most meaningful? You betcha. In retrospect, this might as well have been the Big East title game as it pitted the two best teams in the league. West Virginia dominated in many statistical measures (producing 414 total yards to 278 for UConn). But two themes that defined the season -- the Mountaineers' mistakes and the Huskies' resiliency -- were on full display in this game as Connecticut hung around long enough to capitalize on its opportunities.

What it meant: UConn was 3-4 and 0-2 in the Big East at kickoff. Had the Huskies lost this game, their season was basically over. West Virginia was coming off the loss at home to Syracuse and badly needed a win. The loss decided the BCS bid and changed the futures for both head coaches and programs.

Player of the game: Connecticut linebacker Sio Moore collected 17 tackles and both forced and recovered two fumbles.

Play of the game: Ryan Clarke's fumble on the first possession of overtime. The West Virginia running back was headed in for a touchdown but lost the ball. UConn recovered and kicked the winning field goal. The Mountaineers fumbled seven times and lost four of them.

Quotable: "You keep getting knocked down and knocked out and people might give up or quit. My team showed up and we won, we did it." -- UConn running back Jordan Todman.