When the Bearcats fell behind
I'm guessing the UCBearcats bandwagon is now officially empty. We'll hear a smattering of Butch Jones talk Monday and back to dark ages.
I'm sure there was an element of snark in C. Trent's tweet, but I really hope he's wrong.
I'm not going to sugarcoat the 31-7 loss to
"I told the team that we only know one thing and that's to go back to work," Coach Jones said after the game. "There's nobody more disappointed than myself, but we have to deserve to win."
For starters, let's give
Secondly, the loss of Zach Collaros proved to be devastating for UC. When Chazz Anderson stepped into the starting lineup and led the team to a pair of wins as a redshirt freshman, the veteran Bearcat defense held
As for the defense, I'm as guilty of anyone as thinking it would be better than it's been this season. But I can't say that I'm shocked. Last year's team gave up an average of 39 points in its last five games and lost six senior starters in Ricardo Mathews, Alex Daniels, Curtis Young, Andre Revels, Brad Jones, and Aaron Webster. This year's team was bound to experience some growing pains on defense.
I thought the defense made progress yesterday as it sacked Ryan Nassib four times and forced two turnovers (think Collaros might have produced points on two drives that began at the SU 44 yard line?).
"The mark of good football programs is that you win together and you suffer through adversity together," Coach Jones said. "That's what we're fighting right now. But you learn a lot about yourselves in the face of adversity. Nobody is going to quit here. We're going to keep working and building."
Building is the key word. In the last few years, the UC football program has attracted record crowds, improved its facilities, and won championships. Nobody is happy with a 3-5 record, but there's no reason to think that this program can't continue to be one of the best in the Big East.
In other words, the dark ages are ancient history.
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