Cincinnati 34, Temple 10: Bearcats Stomp Owls to Move to 7 – 2

The Bearcats came into this game as the more talented team and asserted their dominance early. Cincinnati forced Temple into three-and-outs on their first two drives before UC got on the board with a touchdown run from George Winn. The Bearcats rolled from their to a 24 – 3 halftime lead behind spectacular play from the defense and the smart decisions of Brendon Kay.

That’s right, Brendon Kay. He got the start today over the much maligned junior quarterback Munchie Legaux and did a nice job doing all that what asked of him, which was managing the offense. He took advantage of the opportunities when they presented themselves, like when he connected with Kenbrell Thompkins and Chris Moore on beautiful, deep touchdown passes. But for the most part the coaches asked him to simply protect the football and move the offense upfield and Kay performed those roles well.

Again the defense was suffocating as they should have been against an Owls offense that is fairly one-dimensional in general. But they kept Temple in check for most of the afternoon. As a whole the Bearcats dominated wire-to-wire. The most encouraging part of the game today was that the Bearcats didn’t take their foot off the pedal even with a solid lead after halftime. Cincinnati and sent all 87 fans at Lincoln Financial Field home unhappy.

So now the Bearcats are sitting at 7 – 2 with a critical game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights next Saturday who are now sitting atop the Big East with Louisville LOLing against Syracuse today. I can’t state enough how important next week’s game is. Cincinnati’s conference title and BCS bowl hopes are still very much alive and with a proper quarterback leading the offense the Bearcats are in a strong position to win out.

Topics: Bearcats, Bearcats Football, Cincinnati, Nation, Owls, Temple

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  • CincyGrad

    Temple game is first time I’ve seen Kay play. I don’t have a clue what Butch saw in Munchie for soooo loooong that he refused to give Kay a shot.
    Kay passes a catchable football.
    Munchie slings inconsistency and no hope….. This is why fan attendace dropped so quickly. Why did it take Butch so long to see what most fans saw at the start of the season from Munchie. Munchie was awful from the beginning of season. No improvement was obvious from last season. Munchie was praised for winning the 4th qtr against VT but slung away the first three qtrs in the same VT game. UC could have led VT 21-0 at half, instead trailed 6-7. Almost by himself, Munchie lost the Toledo and Louisville game.

    Also, hope Butch came to final conclusion that Munchie won’t start next season either. Needs to be Cooney or Norvall in 2013, or new recruit. Prepare promising talent not recognizable failure when start spring ball 2013.

    • Chris Bains

      Yea Kay does a lot of right things as a quarterback; maintains strong fundamentals, rolls through his checkdowns, protects the football. But no one really knew what to make of a guy who barely stepped on the field in five years at Cincinnati and it seems like earlier in the season Munchie Legaux was truly beating him out in practice which was why he was constantly getting the nod on gameday.

      But now we’ve seen just what Kay can do against first team defenses and coaches continuously adjusting their gameplan throughout the day. He should absolutely be the starter for the rest of the season and if he gets a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA the starter in 2013 as well.

      If not, I’m with you. I don’t think Munchie starts next season. The QB-1 spot will probably go to Patrick Coyne, Bennie Coney, or Trenton Norvell.