Like last week against Temple, the Bearcats opened up this game white hot. Brendon Kay hit MeKale McKay who was streaking down the sidelines for a 56 yard gain on UC’s first play from scrimmage. The drive was capped with an eight yard pass to Chris Moore who caught it one handed. It was all Cincinnati from there.
The Bearcats went into halftime with a 27-3 lead then, after another touchdown on their first offensive series in the second half, basically coasted from there. Brendon Kay only played a handful more series and finished with 300 yards, four passing touchdowns, and one on the ground. He was absolutely stellar this afternoon, leading this offense in the manner that we had expected he would earlier this season. Despite my claims to keep the offense condensed, Eddie Gran put faith in his quarterback and let him air it out. Kay yet again responded to the change in philosophy in impressive fashion. As of now it seems like he is again healthy and has regained the confidence from late last year.
While there were no issues with the passing game, the running game continued to spin its wheels. Cincinnati’s three main runningbacks, Tion Green, Hosey Williams, and Ralph David Abernathy, combined for just 90 yards on the ground. To illustrate just how bad the rushing attack was today, wildcat quarterback Jordan Luallen paced the UC ground game. He ran for 51 yards today. Yep.
On the opposite side of the football, Cincinnati’s defense had their best game of the season. They’re going to be giving UConn quarterback Tim Boyle nightmares tonight. The Bearcats sacked him eight times today and picked him off three times. Two of which were nearly returned for touchdowns, including perhaps one of the craziest moments in Bearcats football history. Additionally UC’s defense held Connecticut to just 55 yards rushing and 10 offensive points. It really doesn’t get much better than that.
My only qualm today was the coaches’ usage of Bennie Coney. I’ll get into that in a full post in the coming days but the fact that he didn’t play most of the second half, earning him valuable experience for next season, made no sense.
So Cincinnati is now 5-2 with their second conference win. They’re off next week with a Wednesday night matchup against the Memphis Tigers on October 30th forthcoming. Honestly, this bye week couldn’t have come at a better time. The Bearcats are more than a little banged up, with starting guard Austen Bujnoch held out of this game, safety Marcus Foster lost in the third quarter, and Brendon Kay continuing to nurse a sore throwing hand. The following 11 days will allow Cincinnati to rest and recuperate in prep for their toughest stretch of the season.