2009 International - Profiles, History & More
Buffalo RB James Starks
Buffalo RB James Starks
Posted Dec 29, 2008

Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for the 2009 International Bowl.

2009 International Bowl History & Profile

Buffalo (8-5) vs. Connecticut (7-5)

Jan. 3rd, Noon p.m. ET, ESPN2


International Bowl History
2008 Rutgers, 52, Ball State 30
2007 Cincinnati 27, Western Mich 24

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By Richard Cirminiello

Best Bull Bowl Moment: All hail, Turner Gill, who’s leading Buffalo to its first-ever bowl game, a silly notion just a couple of years ago. To put this accomplishment in context, the Bulls went 12-79 between 1999-2006 before beginning to make some tangible strides in 2007.
Best Husky Bowl Moment: Connecticut’s first bowl invitation was a stepping stone moment for a young program that hadn’t been competing in I-A very long. Just three years after elevating from I-AA, the Huskies pounded Toledo in the 2004 Motor City Bowl, 39-10, behind the passing of star QB Dan Orlovsky and the play of an opportunistic and unheralded defense.

The Last Time You'll See ...

QB Drew Willy. Every program that reaches new heights has a signature player carrying the banner. In Buffalo, that man has been Willy. A third-year starter who’s made strides every season, he’s peaked as a senior with 25 touchdown passes, more than 3,000 yards through the air, and just five picks. When this MAC championship team has a reunion in 25 years, Willy will be the master of ceremonies.
Connecticut: DE Cody Brown. Brown has spent the past two seasons in East Hartford being one of the best edge rushers that no one outside the Big East has heard about. While only 6-2 and 248 pounds, he’s a blur around tackle, who often requires more than one blocker. After being overlooked as a junior, he was named to the All-Big East first team after collecting a Husky-high 14 tackles for loss and nine sacks. 
Breakout Player ...

: LB Justin Winters. Winters is a well-kept outside of Upstate New York. That could change if the International Bowl does the unlikely and attracts any audience outside of the Northeast. In his first full year of action, the sophomore leads the Bulls with 118 tackles, while chipping in 7.5 tackles for loss. A glorified safety at 6-1 and 202 pounds, he makes plays with his quickness and ability to shed blockers.
: CB Jasper Howard. Now that star corner Darius Butler has played his final games for the Huskies, Howard has taken over as the team’s stopper in pass defense. While not very big, he’s a dynamic athlete who’s not afraid to step and support in run defense. He’s tied for second on the team with 37 solo tackles, has four interceptions, and leads the Big East in punt returns.

Best Non-Game Event
The Battle of the Marching Bands is the most popular event among the fans.

Player Gift Package
Players from both teams will receive a souvenir autograph football, an International Bowl watch, an International Bowl rolling duffel, and an embroidered computer backpack.

Charitable Component
The chief beneficiary from the efforts and proceeds of the International Bowl is the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank.

How Success is Measured
The bowl’s success is measured by school feedback regarding the international experience for the teams, attendance, and sponsor support.

MVP of the Bowl
Presenting the bowl is a total team effort, so it’s not possible to nominate just one individual as the MVP.

Impact to the Community
The biggest impact involves Canadians enjoying the U.S. college football atmosphere and U.S. teams learning about their Canadian neighbors. For many players, this will be their first trip outside the boundaries of the United States.

Role of Volunteers
Volunteers are essential for hosting teams, travel parties, and fans. They provide both hospitality and cultural sharing throughout the week’s events.

Buffalo Bowl History (0-0)
Connecticut Bowl History (1-1)
2007 Meineke Wake Forest 24, Connecticut 10
2004 Motor City Connecticut 39, Toledo 10