Oct 5, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; South Florida Bulls defensive end Julius Forte (54) and defensive lineman Aaron Lynch (19) tackle Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Brendon Kay (11) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Trailing South Florida 23-6: Halftime Notes

Cincinnati is down 23-6 to the South Florida Bulls right now. It’s looking really, really bad. Here’s some notes from the first half in case you missed it. If you are one of these people, I envy you:

Cincy’s offensive line is reeling right now. Mired by injuries and still adjusting to Eddie Gran’s schemes, the Bearcats offensive line looked horrible in the first half. Granted they’re facing a strong USF front-7 but still, this has not been an encouraging performance. Overall they haven’t created many running lanes for UC’s ball carriers and have caused their quarterback to get hit on the majority of passing plays. Dare I say, in 4 and a half games the Bearcats offensive line has transitioned from a strength to a liability for this team. They need to pick it up in the second half.

Brendon Kay just ain’t right. Maybe it’s the fact that he doesn’t trust his offensive line. Maybe he’s just not confident in his abilities. Maybe he just doesn’t fully understand this offense. No matter the reason, the Cincinnati quarterback looks as lost against South Florida as he did against Miami (OH). To his credit, he was under intense pressure during the drive that was capped by a 22-yard touchdown pass but for the most part Brendon Kay just hasn’t look consistent at all.

Tony Miliano, yikes. He’s had a nasty habit during his time as Cincinnati’s starting kicker of low-trajectory field goals. It cost them today. His first field goal opportunity of the game was blocked and returned by the Bulls for a touchdown. Then he shanked an extra point. It’s been a groan-fest just about every opportunity he’s had to give UC points.

A strong defensive performance is being wasted. Sure it’s South Florida who are ranked among the worst offensive teams in just about every category, but Cincinnati’s defense has been playing fairly strong right now. But they started to get gashed near the end of the second quarter because they were on the field for so long in 84-degree heat. The score is 23-6 South Florida but UC’s defense has yet to give up a touchdown themselves.

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