A return to Nippert Stadium is exactly what the Cincinnati Bearcats football team needed to right the wrong that has been the last
three weeks of their season. After a disappointing win against Miami and a horrible loss to South Florida a 38-20 win Friday night against the Temple Owls was much needed.
Cincinnati quarterback Brendon Kay had a bounce back game throwing for 270 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. A week after an awful outing at South Florida Kay showed all Bearcats fans what they’ve been wanting, the Brendon Kay of 2012. Kay found his receivers all night throwing only 6 incompletions.
The Cincinnati running game made its return on Friday night. Sophomore Tion Green finally got utilized how he should be, rushing for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Bearcats victory. Senior fullback Jordan Luallen also got in on the rushing action rushing for 59 yards. Also RDA4 rushed for only 18 yards on 10 carries, his quick flashy style was held in check by the Temple defense.
Anthony McClung the senior wide receiver led the Bearcats in receiving Friday night with 7 receptions for 86 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sophomore Shaq Washington also got in on the action. McClung, Washington and McKay have led the wide receiving corps this season.
Temple’s defense has been atrocious this season. Giving up over 400 yards in 4 out of 5 games this season. Friday night was no different as the defense gave up 475 yards to a rejuvenated Cincinnati offense.
Cincinnati’s defense for as good as they have been statistically this season struggled at times Friday night. The Cincinnati secondary gave up 200 yards through the air while giving up 176 yards on the ground. Although they did not allow any points in the second half. That is a point of pride for the defense. Over the course of the first half the defense game planned for the offense Temple was running. Overall a great night for the Bearcats.
The Bearcats return to the field next Saturday (Oct. 19) at noon for their home coming game against the winless UConn Huskies.