Homecoming week at the University of Cincinnati is always an exciting day. From the activities during the week to the parade
Saturday morning everyone is ready for the game come noon time Saturday. That is unless its in the mid 40’s and raining, then about 28,000 are ready for it. Overall a great crowd for a miserable day, a day that saw the Bearcats dominate.
The Cincinnati Bearcats came into the game looking to win. A night after Louisville lost Cincinnati needs help with their destiny but first they must help themselves out by winning the rest of the season. They continued to help their case Saturday with a 41-16 stomping of the UConn huskies.
Bearcats quarterback Brendon Kay started the game off right with a massive 56 yard pass to Mckale McKay on the first play of the game. From there the Bearcats ran the ball then on a third dow Kay threw a decent pass to receiver to Chris Moore who made a spectacular one handed grab.
Kay and the offense didn’t let up from there. Kay threw for 300 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. An absolutely great performance from the senior quarterback. Jordan Luallen got in on the action to with a 27 yard touchdown pass as well. Bennie Coney saw some game time action but two quick turnovers from the freshman forced head coach Tommy Tuberville to pull him.
Cincinnati got solid play out of their three running backs. Hosey Williams, Tion Green and RDA4 all got carries today as Jordan Luallen led the team in rushing thanks in part to the wildcat offense. Overall the Cincinnati offense put up 525 yards a much needed performance and a great day of play calling by offensive coordinator Eddie Gran.
UConn freshman quarterback Tim Boyle said earlier in the week he wasn’t worried about the notorious noise of Nippert Stadium. Boyle heard the noise Saturday, he said his girlfriends giant head in the student section and he got to know the UC defense very well.
Cincinnati has boasted the best defense in the American this season. The last two weeks they have given up over 300 yards but have surrendered 36 points as well. Saturday saw the defense disrupt Boyle and the UConn offense on a number of occasions. Boyle was sacked a total of 8 times as Cincinnati’s defensive line dominated the UConn offensive line on nearly every play.
Throw in 3 interceptions and you can say the defense had a pretty solid day. Cut down on the number of yards allowed and the Cincinnati defense could really be a force to be reckoned with later in the season.
With their win Cincinnati sits 5th in the AAC standings. A game with SMU coming up will help them out if they can get the win. Beating Louisville will also be a huge help. In order to win the AAC and get a BCS bid Cincinnati needs UCF to lose twice and USF to lose. USF will lose, UCF needed to lose Friday night to Louisville, that would have helped Cincinnati immensely.
Cincinnati returns to the field Wednesday Oct. 30th (8pm ESPN2) in Memphis to face the Tigers. Remember one more win makes the Bearcats bowl eligible.