We learned quite a bit about the Bearcats after their win yesterday over the SMU Mustangs. Here are some of the postgame reactions.
Cincinnati (7-2, 4-1 American) used a surgical passing attack to accumulate 299 yards in the air, contributing to 462 yards of total offense. Quarterback Brendon Kay (Marine City, Mich./Marine City) was 27-32, throwing for two touchdowns.
There are warts with this team, that much is clear. The defense is far too willing to concede free yards for the sake of preventing big plays. When the offense has to run the Football they struggle to get it done. And there is a general lack of willingness and or ability to go for the throat when the opportunities are there. But 7-2 is, something that I would have accepted at this point back in August, however begrudgingly.
I have heard many a student complain about how UC has been screwed over by the powers at be in recent years. But here is the thing, it is hard to take all those claims about the Bearcats “deserving” a spot on the table when shit like this keeps happening. If you want the part you have to act the part, and this student section is becoming a bad clown. There is one more game left at Nippert in its present configuration, and this same shit will almost certainly happen for the Louisville game on national TV, during the one game this year where the Bearcats are guaranteed a big audience.
Cincinnati kept their winning ways going strong with a 28-25 victory over SMU. The Cats were powered by Brendon Kay’s right arm yet again. He threw for 299 yards and 2 TDs, with 2 INTs. Most impressively, he was 27-32. His accuracy has been something else lately. His top target was Anthony McClung. McClung had 8 receptions for 97 yards. The big play was a 62 yard TD pass to Mekale McKay. It put UC up 14-10, a lead they never relinquished.
Amid the air show, UC chewed some clock and out-rushed SMU 163-48. Hosey Williams had 14 carries for 90 yards, Tion Green carried six times for 47 yards and a TD, and wildcat QB Jordan Luallen had eight carries for 29 yards and a TD.
2. Big calls- After making it 28-25 with around three minutes to go, SMU decided to go for the onside kick rather than kick it deep despite having all three of its timeouts. Cincinnati recovered the kick, and Jeremiah Gaines was penalized for targeting. It was one of the oddest targeting calls of the college football season. Gaines did not hit anybody on the play and Jordan Miller, who actually made the hit, clearly made a clean tackle. On fourth-and-1 with a minute remaining, SMU defensive tackle Darrian Wright was called for a delay of game for disconcerting signals. Cincinnati was then able to take a knee and run the clock out.