For the 118th time, the Cincinnati Bearcats and Miami Redhawks hooked up on the football field to fight for the Victory Bell trophy. It’s been in Clifton for the past seven years and based on this halftime score, it’s heading for the trophy case somewhere in the middle like Hamilton, Ohio for the first time. The Bearcats and Redhawks are tied at halftime. Not only that, they’re tied 0-0 at halftime. Yea.
Here’s some halftime notes in case you turned off this game sometime in the second quarter.
- Another sluggish start. It’s definitely a factor of the coaching change but the Bearcats have been lethargic during the first halves of all of their games this season. In the first quarter alone, during which UC scored zero points by the way, they gained just 82 yards of total offense. I guess on the flip side Cincinnati’s defense played lights out in the first half but still, the offense needs to get going earlier.
- Brendon Kay just doesn’t look right. He had happy feet for most of the first half, causing his passes to be eye-gougingly inaccurate. I definitely didn’t expect a guy with some pretty solid starting experience to look so lost in the first half. He’s thrown for just 110 yards and has two picks thurs far today. That is very un-Kay like. Hopefully he comes out blazing after halftime.
- Parker Ehinger went down. On an overall strong offensive line, Ehinger is definitely one of the better blockers and makes the unit as a whole better. I’m not sure how serious the injury is.
- The Bearcats’ defense has been merciless. Now, Miami doesn’t exactly boast an Oregon-like offense but they didn’t yield an inch to the Redhawks at any point in the first half. Cincinnati is holding Miami to just 48 yards passing and 38 yards rushing. If they can continue to play at this level, and it looks like they will, UC will walk out of Oxford with a “W”. As long as the offense can score some points or at least move the ball that is.