Why Hayden Moore Can Lead the Bearcats to Victory

The Miami game was almost a disaster that could have topped the Temple game. Once again, we turned the ball over multiple times and the most concerning part of it was that all four of the turnovers came from our backup quarterback who might start against Memphis this week. However, I believe that Hayden Moore lead the UC offense to a win this Thursday.

In order to win, the play calling will need to be simplified a bit for the young quarterback. We saw what he can do against Miami. He has the talent to take this team down the field and score. However, I had a problem with Gran continuing to call the zone read for Moore after he fumbled the ball twice before. It wasn’t the only problem I had with Gran’s play calling that game, but we got out with a W. During that fourth quarter, I think Moore felt like he had to win the game immediately which resulted in those two interceptions. That’s not a good excuse, but I think that was his mindset at the time. The coaches have to calm him down.

Sep 19, 2015; Oxford, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Hayden Moore (8) is tackled by Miami (Oh) Redhawks defensive back Bert Birdsall (28) in the second half at Fred Yager Stadium. The Bearcats won 37-33. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Remember the Temple game from 2013. We just came off of that awful South Florida loss. A lot of people noticed that the main differences between those two games involved Gran’s play calling. Big shock, right? Against the Bulls, he got way too cute and the game plan failed miserable. When UC played Temple, there was a straightforward offensive scheme that involved running it up the gut with Tion Green (20 rushes, 96 yards and 2 TD) and a safe short to intermediate passing game. That is all we have to do with Hayden Moore against Memphis in the case that Gunner cannot go.

Tuberville and Gran are probably going to try to shorten the game with a run-oriented game plan, but when Moore needs to throw it, he needs to focus on hitting the open guy and doing enough to move the chains and nothing more. Moore simply needs to manage the game – limit penalties and turnovers. Be in control. He doesn’t have to win the game by himself.