Postgame Notes: Cincinnati 42, Purdue 7

Aug 31, 2013

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POSTGAME NOTES

Cincinnati (1-0) 42, Purdue (0-1) 7
August 31, 2013 | Nipper Stadium | Cincinnati Ohio | Attendance: 36,007


UC CAPTAINS: Greg Blair and Austen Bujnoch

THE TOSS: Cincinnati won the toss and deferred. The Bearcats defended to south end zone to start the game.

SERIES NOTES

  • Cincinnati is 80-38-10 in season openers in its 126 year history, having won 11 of the last 18.
  • Saturday's game was a record crowd of 36,007 fans at Nippert Stadium. It was the 24th sellout in stadium history (last vs. Rutgers, 11/17/12).
  • With the victory, UC evens the all-time series with Purdue at 1-1. The Boilermakers won the first meeting 19-14 on Sept. 2, 2001.

TEAM NOTES

  • The seven points allowed to Purdue were the fewest scored by a UC opponent in a season opener since the Bearcats defeated Eastern Kentucky 40-7 on Aug. 28, 2008.
  • UC was penalized just two times during the game for a total of 10 yards. The Bearcats first penalty of the game occurred on a false start at the 8:14 mark of the third quarter.
  • The Bearcats forced four Purdue turnovers on Saturday and have forced their opponent into at least three turnovers in each of their last three games.
  • Cincinnati was held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time since Nov. 17, 2012 versus Rutgers (L, 10-3).
  • The following nine Bearcats earned their first career start on Saturday: Deyshawn Bond (center), Andre Cureton (RG), Max Morrison (WR), Shaq Washington (WR), Chris Moore (WR), Silverberry Mouhon (DE), Mitch Meador (DT), Brad Harrah (DE) and Jeff Luc (LB).  

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Munchie Legaux earned the start at quarterback for Cincinnati accounting for two touchdowns. He gave UC a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter on a 10-yard run - his seventh career rushing touchdown. For the game, he ran six times for 57 yards. He averaged 9.2 yards per carry against Purdue. He was 13 for 20 passing, including a 15-yard strike to Blake Annen in the second quarter for a 14-7 UC lead. He also threw two interceptions.
  • Hosey Williams led the Bearcats rushing attack with 15 carries for 71 yards and his first career rushing touchdown. His 30- yard TD run early in the fourth quarter gave UC a 35-7 edge.     
  • Max Morrison led all UC receivers with three receptions for 58 yards. His 40-yard reception at the beginning of the third quarter was Munchie's longest pass of the game.
  • Nick Temple recorded his third career interception on Purdue's first drive of the game. He now has an interception in the last two games, which dates back to the 2012 Belk Bowl. The interception also matches his single-game career high of one (vs. Duke, 12/27/12; vs. Vanderbilt, 12/31/11).
  • Silverberry Mouhon recorded his second career forced fumble in the first quarter (vs. USF, 11/23/12).
  • Blake Annen caught a 15-yard pass from Legaux late in the second quarter to record his first career touchdown. Annen also posted a career-high in receptions (two) and receiving yards (21).
  • Ralph David Abernathy IV notched his fourth career rushing touchdown at the beginning of the third quarter to extend UC's lead to 21-7.
  • Brendan Kay completed 4 of 5 pass attempts for 59 yards as a reserve quarterback for UC. He completed a 51-yard pass to Chris Moore in the fourth quarter highlighting the Bearcats' last scoring drive of the game.
  • Adrian Witty snatched his first career interceptions midway through the third quarter and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown. UC has now returned an interception for a touchdown in back-to-back games with Temple doing it in the 2012 Belk Bowl versus Duke (12/27/12).
  • Zach Edwards forced his first career fumble in the third quarter. Arryn Chenault recovered the fumble for the second time in his career.
  • Hosey Williams scampered for 30 yards to notch his first career touchdown early in the fourth quarter.