During a narrow loss against the UCF Knights today, the Cincinnati Bearcats offense struggled to move the ball on a consistent basis in the opening half.
In the final minutes of the first quarter, the Bearcats gave back up quarterback Brady Lichtenberg the go-ahead to replace starting signal caller Emory Jones.
Lichtenberg played well during the first meaningful minutes in his young career, completing three out of five attempts for 50 passing yards in two drives.
On the final play of the his second drive, Lichtenberg hit wide receiver Xzavier Henderson for a 35-yard gain before UCF forced a fumble and recovered it.
Cincinnati Football: Bearcats ongoing quarterback battle continues in loss against UCF
Cincinnati head coach Scott Satterfield decided two drives for Lichtenberg were enough as he opted to put Jones back under center from that point forward.
Jones played much better after returning late in the first half, completing 16 out of 22 attempts for 217 passing yards and one touchdown in the 28-26 loss.
The Bearcats had an opportunity to tie the game on a two-point attempt but Jones couldn’t convert and UCF was able to run out the remainder of the clock.
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Satterfield spoke on the quarterback situation in the postgame press conference as both players will see the field moving forward per Cincinnati Athletics.
There are plenty of questions that must be answered at practice in the coming weeks as the Bearcats gear up to face the Houston Cougars next weekend.
"“Our plan tonight was to get Brady in and we did that early in the game. I thought he played well and Emory played well also. The plan was to start him and no matter what happened, we were going to play Brady because he deserves to play. Emory was playing well, so we ended up leaving him in the second half. We could’ve put Brady in but Emory was doing a good job and got us back in the game. The plan was to put Brady in the third series. Let him get some action and play a little. He did a really good job. We’ll continue to let those guys get equal reps throughout practice and see how we end up as we go throughout the rest of the season.”"