The Cincinnati Bearcats rolled into Oxford with a head of steam in the Battle for the Victory Bell series. Not only had they won the seven last meetings, they did so in decisive fashion averaging a 30 point victory in each. So it’s incredibly surprising, and somewhat discouraging, to see a final score of just 14-0 in Cincinnati’s favor. Obviously all that matters is the notch in the win column and the Bearcats clearly accomplished that today. But the way they played on offense really has me concerned.
UC’s defense was outstanding this afternoon but faced arguably the worst offense in college football. They held the Redhawks to less than 100 total yards (total yards) and didn’t allow them to convert a 3rd or 4th down. Clearly the Bearcat defense is as strong as advertised before the season but will be facing far better offenses throughout this year. It’s unrealistic to expect them to force the opposing team to throw up a goose egg each and every game. They will be scored upon. And at that time I’m admittedly a little worried if this offense can not only start fast but play a full game.
Brendon Kay didn’t look like himself today. I’m not sure if someone spiked his Gatorade or he just didn’t sleep well last night but he was off all day. Kay threw two interceptions and with MeKale McKay streaking down the seam en route to the endzone, UC’s quarterback released the ball too late and it fell short, almost for a third pick. But it wasn’t just him. It appears the injury’s along the offensive line have finally caught up to them as they struggled to create running lanes and give Kay the time to throw. It wasn’t every play that they were getting blown up but just enough to not allow the offense to get into a rhythm. Overall, just a discouraging performance from that side of the football this afternoon.