One for the record book

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UC rewrote the record books in a wild 69-38 victory against Rutgers on Saturday night.


CINCINNATI - The Bearcats had a month worth of losing frustration pent up entering Saturday night's game against Rutgers.


They took it out on the record books.


The Bearcats 69-38 win against Rutgers won't end up in any defensive technique videos. In fact, it's more likely to be burnt to a crisp in the defensive film room garbage can. But the fireworks provided one of the wildest nights in Nippert Stadium history.


At 109 total points, it went down as the highest scoring game in Big East history.  


The gaudy numbers for UC read like this:


n       69 points tied for the third most in school history

n       661 total yards was good for third at UC all time

n       Isaiah Pead set his career high for rushing yards (213) and touchdowns (5)

n       UC scored 10 touchdowns in a game for the second time since 1953

n       The Bearcats scored more points Saturday than in the previous three games combined

n       UC scored a touchdown on all six red zone possessions


The blur of points left UC (4-6, 2-3) still alive in the quest to be bowl eligible. More than anything, a team tortured over the past three weeks remembered what it felt like to win again.


"We had fun today," Pead said. "The last couple of games we lost kind of burns a whole in you."


Instead, the Bearcats offensive line burnt holes in the Rutgers defensive line. Pead accepted handoff after handoff and the holes in front of him were wide enough to fit five of him through.


It was hard not to have fun at that point.


"I wish you could see, I kind of grinned," said Pead, who incredibly was under the weather with a flu bug during the game. "Once you get past the first little front, then you have to make a guy miss and go score."


Pead scored as a wideout, untouched up the middle, flying five feet above the pylon, breaking a tackle and placing an exclamation point on the blowout. His spectacular plays came in all shapes and sizes.


He scored seven TDs on 11 carries in a high school game one time. But never anything quite like this on the college level.   


"Every time they hand him the ball he's in the end zone," said wide receiver Armon Binns, who wasn't too shabby himself with 6 receptions for 139 yards.


What is it like to be in a game where everything you do offensively works? And not only works, but goes for chunks of yardage?


"Not everything worked," Butch Jones said, as only a perfectionist coach could after posting 69 points. "But we had success early. We got into rhythm."


In a game where so many big plays occurred, I couldn't help but ask Butch Jones if he could remember all 10 touchdowns off the top of his head.


"I could if you gave me a minute," he said.


His quarterback felt up to the challenge.


"I think Isaiah had a touchdown catch," said Collaros, starting off correctly. "Isaiah had a touchdown run. I think DJ (Woods) scored on a run."


Collaros continued to run down the list before realizing he was missing something.


"Oh, yeah, I had a run in there," he said.


It was that kind of game. Collaros couldn't even remember his own touchdown.


The night wasn't without concern, of course. UC did give up 400 passing yards, 38 points and has allowed at least 27 points in every game not against Miami this season.


At every turn a cornerback was beat deep. Camerron Cheatham, Reuben Johnson, Devan Drane. Rutgers didn't discriminate.


WR Mark Harrison caught 10 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns.


"It was the kind of game where you never felt comfortable," Jones said. "I don't like being in those types of games."

It was the kind of game where you need to score 60 to win. Fortunately for the Bearcats, they did.


Regardless of any numbers, career marks or school records, the one victory added to the win column felt bigger than any statistic. It had been a while.

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