The Bearcats generated 669 yards of total offense, including 277 passing yards from Brendon Kay.
Isaiah Pead ran for 149 yards and a touchdown, and Ralph David Abernathy IV's 90-yard kickoff return early in the fourth quarter put Cincinnati ahead to stay as the Bearcats edged Vanderbilt 31-24 on Saturday in the Liberty Bowl.
Photos from UC's week in Memphis, Tenn. for the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Game photos from the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl (photos by Chad Greene)
Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt - AP Photo Gallery
Photos from the University of Cincinnati's second day in Memphis, Tenn., during prep for the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
No. 23 Cincinnati vs. West Virginia - Nov. 12, 2011
2010: Named the starting QB exiting spring football ... passed for 219 yards, going 24-of-41 with at touchdown, in the opener at Fresno State.
2009: Appeared in all 13 games, as the holder, backup quarterback, and started in four games at QB ... winner of the team's inaugural Next Man In award ... set UC single-season marks for completion percentage (.750) and passing efficiency (195.53) ... was 93-of-124 passing for 1,434 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions ... also added 344 yards rushing on 57 attempts with four touchdowns ... led UC to a 4-0 record while Tony Pike was out with an arm injury, going 83-of-106 (78.3%) for 1,233 yards and eight touchdowns ... during that span, he had a QB rating of 199.03 and threw one interception ... he also added 193 yards rushing and two TDs on 43 carries ... was 2-of-2 for 34 yards at Rutgers ... also added seven yards rushing ... threw his first two career touchdown passes against Southeast Missouri State ... finished 4-of-9 for 95 yards versus the Redhawks ... stepped in for an injured Tony Pike in the second half at USF ... rushed 10 times for a career-best 132 yards and two touchdowns ... his 75-yard touchdown run vs. USF marked UC's longest run from scrimmage since Richard Hall scampered for 79 yards against Miami (OH) on Sept. 11, 2004 ... it was the longest rush of the season for a UC player and Collaros' first career rushing TD ... he also was 4-of-7 passing for 72 yards ... was 15-of-17 for 253 yards and three touchdowns against Louisville ... threw a career-best four touchdown passes in the win at Syracuse ... was 22-of-28 for 295 yards ... had an 81-yard touchdown strike to Armon Binns agains the Orange, a career-long completion, and UC's longest pass play from scrimmage since Nick Davila found Brent Celek on an 83-yard touchdown strike against Rutgers on Nov. 11, 2006 ... his touchdown pass to Kazeem Alli at Syracuse came after a mishandled field goal snap ... was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after setting a BIG EAST record with 555 yards of total offense (480 passing, 75 rushing) against Connecticut ... he was 29-of-37 for 480 yards and one TD through the air and carried the ball 13 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns ... his 480 yards passing was the fourth 400-yard passing game in school history and ranks second all-time in UC history behind Greg Cook who threw for 554 against Ohio in 1968 ... finished 17-of-24 for 205 yards against West Virginia, also adding 44 yards rushing on 10 carries ... rushed twice for 12 yards against Illinois.
2008: One of five quarterbacks to play for the Bearcats during the season ... played in seven games, predominately on special teams ... took his first snap at quarterback at Akron midway through the fourth quarter after Tony Pike was injured ... rushed for a five yard gain on his first play, helping to set up the game winning field goal ... attempted four passes, completed a 2-yard pass and rushed for 18 yards on four carries against the Zips ... had two carries for 11 yards against USF ... registered his first tackle of the season at Hawai'i ... spent the spring with UC baseball team.
Steubenville High School: Compiled a 41-1 record in three years as the starting signal caller for coach Reno Soccoccia ... Ohio's Division III Player of the Year in 2006 ... named to the EA Sports All-American Third Team after completing 68 percent (136-of-201) of his pass attempts for 2,550 yards and 30 TDs and only four interceptions ... also accrued 720 rushing yards, including 15 scores ... two-way player compiled three returns for touchdowns as a senior ... broke every Big Red passing record on his way to a 30-0 mark and back-to-back state titles over his final two years.
Zachary J. Collaros: Born Aug. 27, 1988 ... son of Dean and Michelle Collaros.
Academic Major: Pre-Accounting.