Originally posted on Bearcats Blog  |  Last updated 12/31/11
The last post of 2011 is a fun one to write. The Cincinnati Bearcats powered past the Vanderbilt Commodores 31-24. UC won this one on the back of their work horse, MVP, Big East Offensive Player of the Year and hero of many, Isaiah Pead. He took 28 carries for 150 yards and the game clinching TD. He had 14 receiving yards as well. Plus he returned a couple of punts. He was the man and the MVP of the bowl game. This caps a 10 win season for Cincinnati. I didn't see 10 wins before the season, I hoped it, but I didn't see it. This team surpassed expectations all season long. They proved people wrong every game after Tennessee. Zach Collaros went down, but they still won 2 games to win a piece of the Big East title. This was a special season. A special season that was highlighted by one of the greatest single season performances in UC history from a special player. 

21 seniors got a win, and the helmets, as a going away present. A fine one it is. JK Scahffer, Derek Wolfe, Pead, Adrien Robinson, the offensive line, Collaros, they all made plays to win the game. This is a special team. Even in this game the Bearcats overcame the odds. Literally because the odds were Vanderbilt -2.  I'll have more on the game later. Enjoy the win. Enjoy your night. In the words of my vice prinicpal at Badin, don't do anything stupid.

Box score via ESPN
Scoring Summary FIRST QUARTERCINVAN TD 7:34 Zac Stacy rush for 7 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Ryan Fowler extra point GOOD.Drive info: 3 plays, 22 yds in 1:12 0 7 SECOND QUARTERCINVAN TD 14:17 George Winn rush for 69 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Tony Miliano extra point GOOD.Drive info: 1 plays, 69 yds in 0:14 7 7 TD 0:12 Zach Collaros pass complete to Anthony McClung for 8 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Tony Miliano extra point GOOD.Drive info: 9 plays, 56 yds in 2:20 14 7 THIRD QUARTERCINVAN TD 3:53 Jerron Seymour rush for 5 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Ryan Fowler extra point GOOD.Drive info: 8 plays, 52 yds in 2:24 14 14 FOURTH QUARTERCINVAN FG 14:41 Tony Miliano 44 yard field goal GOOD.Drive info: 12 plays, 33 yds in 4:12 17 14 TD 14:03 Larry Smith pass complete to Chris Boyd for 68 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Ryan Fowler extra point GOOD.Drive info: 2 plays, 76 yds in 0:38 17 21 TD 13:51 Carey Spear kickoff for 60 yards returned by Ralph Abernathy for 90 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Tony Miliano extra point GOOD.Drive info: 2 plays, 90 yds in 0:12 24 21 TD 1:51 Isaiah Pead rush for 12 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Tony Miliano extra point GOOD.Drive info: 3 plays, 31 yds in 1:24 31 21 FG 0:23 Ryan Fowler 35 yard field goal GOOD.Drive info: 10 plays, 55 yds in 1:28 31 24
Team Stat Comparison CincinnatiVanderbilt 1st Downs 20 14 3rd down efficiency 4-15 6-19 4th down efficiency 0-0 1-2 Total Yards 300 295 Passing 79 168 Comp-Att 12-29 12-34 Yards per pass 2.7 4.9 Rushing 221 127 Rushing Attempts 44 36 Yards per rush 5.0 3.5 Penalties 5-55 6-39 Turnovers 2 3 Fumbles lost 0 1 Interceptions thrown 2 2 Possession 30:26 29:14 Cincinnati Passing C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT Zach Collaros 12/29 79 2.7 1 2 Team12/29792.712 Vanderbilt Passing C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT Larry Smith 8/19 142 7.5 1 1 Jordan Rodgers 4/14 26 1.9 0 1 Zac Stacy 0/1 0 0.0 0 0 Team12/341684.912 Cincinnati Rushing CARYDSAVGTDLG Isaiah Pead 28 150 5.4 1 18 George Winn 6 78 13.0 1 69 Anthony McClung 1 4 4.0 0 4 Zach Collaros 8 -8 -1.0 0 7 Team442215.0269 Vanderbilt Rushing CARYDSAVGTDLG Zac Stacy 18 57 3.2 1 11 Jordan Rodgers 9 33 3.7 0 10 Larry Smith 5 17 3.4 0 8 Richard Kent 1 17 17.0 0 17 Jerron Seymour 2 5 2.5 1 5 Team361273.5217 Cincinnati Receiving RECYDSAVGTDLG Travis Kelce 3 29 9.7 0 13 Alex Chisum 2 15 7.5 0 12 Isaiah Pead 3 14 4.7 0 10 Adrien Robinson 3 13 4.3 0 7 Anthony McClung 1 8 8.0 1 8 Team12796.6113 Vanderbilt Receiving RECYDSAVGTDLG Chris Boyd 2 69 34.5 1 68 Jordan Matthews 4 56 14.0 0 24 Brandon Barden 3 20 6.7 0 11 Wesley Tate 1 12 12.0 0 12 Zac Stacy 2 11 5.5 0 6 Team1216814.0168 Cincinnati Kick Returns NOYDSAVGLGTD Ralph Abernathy 2 120 60.0 90 1 Team212060.0901 Vanderbilt Kick Returns NOYDSAVGLGTD Eric Samuels 2 21 10.5 13 0 Andre Hal 2 49 24.5 25 0 Zac Stacy 1 9 9.0 9 0 Steven Clarke 1 23 23.0 23 0 Team610217.0250 Cincinnati Punt Returns NOYDSAVGLGTD Isaiah Pead 2 -1 -0.5 0 0 Team2-1-0.500 Vanderbilt Punt Returns NOYDSAVGLGTD Jonathan Krause 3 22 7.3 12 0 Team3227.3120 Cincinnati Kicking FGPCTLGXPPTS Tony Miliano 1/3 33.3 44 4/4 7 Team1/333.3444/47 Vanderbilt Kicking FGPCTLGXPPTS Ryan Fowler 1/1 100.0 35 3/3 6 Team1/1100.0353/36 Cincinnati Punting NOYDSAVGTB-20LG Pat O'Donnell 7 300 42.9 1 1 61 Team730042.91161 Vanderbilt Punting NOYDSAVGTB-20LG Richard Kent 8 340 42.5 0 4 61 Team834042.50461
 
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