Originally posted on Bearcats Blog  |  Last updated 11/18/13
That photo does a great job encapsulating the 52-17 Bearcats win over Rutgers than almost anything else could. Cincinnati was a step above Rutgers all afternoon. 52 points will do that to someone. It wasn't just the heavy point total, it was the way Cincinnati went about it. The Bearcats seemed to use bits and pieces from the previous 9 games to unleash all over the Scarlet Knights. There were surprise onside kicks, receivers throwing passes, quarterbacks catching passes, punters running for their lives, and the normal big time defensive effort, which we've seen practically every game. If someone were to write a script for the sweetest way to take two years of pent up frustration out on Rutgers, it would read like Saturday's game. This win was a little sweeter than usual. Tommy Tuberville had the team ready to go. It's the first time this year that the Bearcats unleashed hell on someone from jump street. Whatever he said to motivate the team during the week, it absolutely paid off in spades. All he has to tell them this week is that if they can repeat this effort at Houston, they are going to stomp them. A 38 point first half is probably not something they are going to be able to do again. With the way the offense has rolled, I believe that it could happen though. Tubs has the team peaking at what seems to be the right time. I guess we'll tell in the next few weeks for sure. I've crushed some Tuberville decisions this year and probably will in the future, the confidence he showed in the team on Saturday was simply outstanding to see. The onside kick worked to perfection. It was a door slamming call. UC had just hit the 66 yard bomb to McKay and went right for the throat. That drive ended with Shaq Washington throwing a TD pass to Chris Moore. I believe the kids call that swag. Eddie Gran has gotten crushed a lot of some of his play calling at times. UC went full throttle with the passing game down to the very end. Jordan Luallen was throwing deep in the 4th quarter of a 52-7 game. Rutgers now has the 4th worst pass defense in the country in terms of yards. Oh hey, Houston is ranked 110 of 123. Hmm. None of the offensive firepower would have been possible without the steady hand of Brendon Kay. He was 24-38, 405 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs. He came up a bit short of winning the American offensive player of the week because JJ Worton made the catch of the year as part of his big day against Temple. I'm sure Kay will rest just easy coming off his career high in passing yards and matching his career high in TDs. Just another week of being awesome. Look at the hops by Eric Lefeld. Not too bad. The running backs get both the good and bad. They didn't have a lot of opportunities, 24 running plays, not counting the Lloyd run or the kneel downs, for 101 yards isn't bad though. No one had more than 6 carries. Hosey Williams had 6 for 39, Tion Green had 5 for 26, Luallen had 4 for 18 and the only rushing TD. Nothing bad per se, but no one did anything at the same time. Ralph David Abernathy IV, 6 carries for 13 yards, 2 catches for -4 yards. 8 touches for 9 yards. He returned 3 kickoffs 47 yards, a 15.7 yard average. Jordan Luallen ran for a TD as mentioned. He also went 2-3 for 62 yards with a passing TD and the aforementioned INT. The TD was from 34 yards. No one gets more excited for a big play than Jordan Luallen. Show. Off. Bennie Coney didn't get the opportunity to play much, getting the last series before the kneel downs. He had another fumble though. Protect the ball, 3. For one magical period of time, John Lloyd led the team in rushing. By the way, no way in hell was that a fake punt. He would have been crushed if he tried to kick it. Shaq Washington had a day to remember. He was 2-2 for 40 yards, including his first passing TD to Chris Moore. He had a career best 123 yards, his first 100 yard receiving day. More importantly, he caught his first touchdown. It came after he threw his first touchdown, which is an oddity for a receiver. Shaq has had a very solid season up to Rutgers. This was the game he blew the doors off the hinges. I'm happy for him. Chris Moore nearly dropped the TD pass. He caught it though. Anthony McClung had another fine outing with 7 catches for 115 yards. It's his first 100 yard receiving game of the season after having four games in the 90s and one in the high 80s. He's had a big time season. He's a big time player. All Mekale McKay does is make huge plays. 3 catches for 124 yards and 3 TDs. He had a 4th long TD go through his hands. No one hits the home run quite like him. Solid day from Chris Moore with 4 catches for 75 yards. Shakim Alonzo caught a 28 yard pass, Max Morrison had 15 yards, Jeremy Graves had 11. Blake Annen returned from the dead with a 5 yard catch. Nate Cole, Cole World, caught a pass as well. Many men involved. Huge day for Greg Blair. He lead Cincinnati with 10 tackles, one of which was a 4th down stop. He had 0.5 TFL. It's almost surprising when a conference game comes along and Blair doesn't lead the team in tackles. Zach Edwards had 9 tackles, 0.5 TFL as well with a pass broken up. He's been so good. Only going to get better. Nick Temple finished with 8 tackles. Andre Jones had 6 of them. Way to be, Andre Jones. Jordan Stepp had 6 tackles and a sack. Silverberry Mouhon had his first sack since UConn. Brad Harrah continued to show all he did was make tackles for loss by also getting a sack. LEVITICUS PAYNE picked off a Gary Nova pass as part of his 6 tackle afternoon. Mike Tyson picked off his second career pass. Tyson's return was only 8 yards. You set a high standard of big play INTs, Mike. This one was a little disappointing. Tony Miliano hit from 30 on the opening drive of the game. He missed from 51 late in the first half, but his kick was long enough. I really like that Tuberville gave him a chance to go out and try it. John Lloyd and Brendon Kay continued their fierce kicks inside the 20 battle by both hitting one inside the 20. Both men had touchbacks as well. This battle is going down to the wire. Bring on Houston. Photos via Go Bearcats and Cincinnati.com
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