Originally posted on Bearcats Blog  |  Last updated 9/16/13
It's really odd how through 3 games we have not had a game that was in doubt. Purdue turned into a rout, Illinois lead by double digits from the start of the second quarter, and Northwestern State was a patsy who had no chance. To their credit, the Bearcats did what needed to be done. They also did it in grand style. Hanging 66 on teams is no joke. The Bearcats could have hung even more if they wanted. It was that type of night. The only problem with the Northwestern State game was UC played Northwestern State. We saw UC struggle against an FCS team a bit last year, 23-13 over Delaware St, but that was an outlier more than a trend. UC has played **** teams that they beat the hell out of to give guys playing time. That's what this was as well. It's hard to make clear takeaways from this game, just like it'll be hard to make clear takeaways from Miami next week. Playing awful teams is good at telling you if your team can beat awful teams. It's bad at telling you if your team is worth a damn or not. Saturday night's win couldn't have washed the taste from the Illinois game away. Especially since Illinois lost. But, as I wrote last week, it's a start. Beating Miami is always fun. Let's start with the QBs. Brendon Kay looked tremendous. Sure, he was throwing against air, but he was still 12-14 for 277 yards and 4 TDs. He threaded every needle. He threw the deep ball well. He got a lot of people involved. He looked like Brendon Kay from last year. Which of course led to twitter saying he should have started the whole time. I agree with that, but it's not like Kay was overwhelming when he was on the field the first two weeks. It's also not like Munchie would have done the same to Northwestern State. The only two takeaways from Kay's performance are that he looked healthy and he can still do the things he did last year. Both of those are major points. With a different opponent, maybe he was the American offensive player of the week. Bennie Coney got his first action at quarterback. And his first drive was exclusively hand offs. His handoff game was on point, for example: But we wanted to get to the fireworks factory now! Coney looked good. He was 5-5 for 60 yards and a TD. The TD pass had some nice touch from 44 yards out. Coney is going to see a lot of time in the next month or so. If he keeps playing like he did Saturday night, we have a special QB in the future. Michael Colosimo got his first action. He went 2-2 for 10 yards. It was a great moment seeing a walk on get his moment. He looked happy. The other 742 Colosimo's on twitter loved it as well. I'm glad he got his chance. Both of the back ups were perfect. Coney's handoff game was strong. So why is Kay still the starter? Tough questions need to be asked. Someone needs to ask Tuberville at his presser tomorrow. Saturday night was clearly the best RDA IV looked this season. He ran 9 times for 82 yards. He also caught a pass for 9 yards. UC was clearly limiting his touches. If we are going to be honest, I wouldn't really mind because.. Hosey Williams continues to look great. 11 carries for 117 yards and 2 TDs. Williams broke out a 77 yard run, the longest play of the season for Cincinnati. I know he did it against the Purdue scrubs and Northwestern State, this guy needs more carries. Hosey has something that RDA hasn't brought so far. He now has more 100 yard games. I love RDA and think he should be heavily involved in the offense. I just don't think it should be at the expense of Hosey Williams. I've drank the kool aid. Solid day for Tion Green. He had 11 carries for 66 yards with a TD. He's looked very solid in his time. Anthony King also looked pretty good. He had 34 yards on 6 carries. Walk on Rob Rice was someone I didn't know was on the team. He was listed on the ESPN box score as -2r. He got a crack late, ran for 18 yards, and more important scored a TD. It might be his only TD in his only game. That's a moment for a lifetime. The offensive line did the damn thing. 10 yards a play. UC averaged 7 yards a rush, 16.5 yards a passing attempt and none of the QBs were sacked. x The only problem were the penalties. UC was hit for 13 penalties for 131 yards. Tighten that up. 12 receivers caught passes. Anthony McClung, Chris Moore and Travis Johnson caught 3. Max Morrison led the team in yards with 87. Morrison, McClung and Moore all scored. The 3 top dogs had a big game. Moore only had 19 yards. He's proven to be the red zone target. Morrison had 87 yards on just 2 catches. McClung was in the middle of those two. First real big game out of the trio. Speaking of firsts, Mekale McKay and Shakim Alonzo both had their first receiving touchdowns as Bearcats. Just as I predicted. Alonzo's TD went for 44 yards, McKay's from 40. Big play threats. That's McKay after his score up top, this is Alonzo after his score at the bottom. Blake Annen caught a 49 yard pass and Jared Golden caught a 32 yard pass. The tight end/fullback killer combo. Kyle Nutter also caught his first career pass. Since we just talked about him, Anthony McClung needs to stop being the punt returner. I like Anthony a lot. But he's just not good at it. He slipped trying to field the first punt of the game and was almost hit by the ball. At first it was ruled a fumble. Later, he had another punt return where the ball popped out of his hands. I don't think he's the punt returner Cincinnati needs. Shaq Washington had this awesome picture taken of him: Northwestern State averaged 3.1 yards a play. They ran for 2.9. They had 3.4 per passing attempt. The Demons were no match at all for the Cincinnati defense. Cincinnati held them to 2 of 14 on third down. Pretty much a complete domination. It was so much of a domination that Greg Blair made tackles laying down just for fun. I've written a lot about UC not getting to the quarterback. They responded with 4 sacks. Nick Temple, who is a beast, had 2, Silverberry Mouhon had 1 and Camaron Beard had one. Nick Temple gets his own talking point. He had 6 tackles. 2.5 went for loss. 2 of them were the sacks. He is everywhere on the field. Temple started slow last year. Whatever fire he caught towards the end of the year has not gone away. He's not the name guy on defense or the second name guy, but so far he's been the one making the most plays. Zach Edwards had his first career INT. Big game for Zach. He's a stud. Arryn Chenault, and Marcus Foster had tackles for loss, Terrell Hartsfield chipped in on Temple's. It seemed like every Northwestern State play looked like this: Clemente Casseus with 7 tackles. That guy is a blowout tackling machine. The ESPN3 announcers aren't good. They are internet only announcers for a reason. The ones we got on Saturday night were mutable. They added nothing of substance to the game. Unless you liked it when they botched names. If this was a game I paid closer attention to as it went on, I would have never stopped complaining about them. John Lloyd had 2 punts. One went for 45 yards, the second for 41. That was good enough. Tony Miliano hit from 30 yards on his only field goal. He went 9-9 on extra points. He was a good kicker to have on your kicking fantasy team. Someone told me that he was on the only kicker on the cheerleader's fantasy team. I don't know what that's suppose to mean besides leading scorer on and off the field. Photos via Go Bearcats-Lisa Ventre /USA Today-Rob Leifheit
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