One week after a not one loss but two for the Cincinnati Bearcats they returned to historic Nippert Stadium looking to get their
season back on track. While Northwestern State isn’t the quality opponent that Cincinnati had faced in the first two weeks but a good dominating performance is exactly what the Bearcats needed winning 66-9.
Without QB Munchie Legaux the Bearcats turned to senior Brendon Kay to lead the team and lead he did. Kay threw for a season high 277 yards and 4 touchdowns on only 14 passing attempts. Kay led the team at the end of last season as well as the bowl game, this type of performance should come as no surprise to anyone.
Kay connected for 4 passes over 40 yards Saturday night to a litany of receivers. Max Morrison led the Bearcats in receiving with 2 receptions for 87 yards and 2 TD’s. Newcomer and recent NCAA addition to the team Mekale McKay scored his first TD of the season and first as a Bearcat.
Brendon Kay had fun Saturday night “Just going back to old times … just go out there and play ball.” said Kay following the game. The senior quarterback had his way with NWSU, making for an enjoyable and easy game.
Freshman QB Bennie Coney made his first game appearance for the Bearcats Saturday night as well. Coney went 5/5 60 yards and 1 TD in his debut. An impressive outing from a freshman who needed to step up for his team. Michael Colosimo a walk on junior from Kentucky also made his first in game appearance going 2/2 as well.
While the pass game for Cincinnati was impressive the ground game was as equally impressive. A total of 322 yards on the ground is massively impressive. 117 of those yards belonged to Hosey Williams who split majority of the carries with Tion Green and Ralph David Abernathy IV. Green rushed for 66 yards and 1 TD while RDA4 rushed for 82 yards. Williams busted off a huge 77 yard run all the way to the NWSU 1 yard line before running out of steam. He would punch it through on the next play.
Cincinnati’s 669 yards on offense is their largest of the season and will likely remain their largest of the year.
Northwestern State to their credit scored 9 points on the evening, more than Purdue did to put it in perspective. There were glimpses of good things NWSU did well, their running game is likely their best attribute. Defensively the Demons need some work.
Cincinnati’s defense a week after being dominated by the Illinois offense showed up ready to play Saturday. Allowing only only 179 total yards while forcing one turnover (INT). The defense was once again led by linebackers Greg Blair, Jeff Luc and Nick Temple who combined for majority of the tackles in the first half.
“We knew we had to bounce back as a team, play like we did in the first game.” Said junior LB Nick Temple after the game.
Bounce back they did a 66-9 win and 669 yards on offense is bouncing back. Cincinnati travels up to Oxford next Saturday to take on the Miami Redhawks in the battle for the Victory Bell. Cincinnati will be going for their 8th win in a row in a rivalry that dates back to 1888.
The game will be shown at 4pm ET on ESPN3 next Saturday.