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CINCINNATI VS. ALABAMA A&M
Sept. 5, 2015 | Cincinnati, Ohio | Nippert Stadium
Captains: Shaq Washington and Hakeem Allonce
United States Flag Carrier: Tion Green
American Athletic Conference Flag Carrier: Mike Boone
The Delay: The game was delayed 2 hours, 20 minutes due to heavy rain and lightning. Teams left the field 50 minutes until kickoff, and the official kick time was 8:45.
The Toss: Cincinnati won the toss and deferred; Alabama A&M will receive; Cincinnati will defend the south end zone.
// TEAM NOTES
- Saturday night’s attendance of 39,095 was the largest in Nippert Stadium history. The previous stadium record was 36,007 on Aug. 31, 2013 versus Purdue.
- First career starts: Cortez Broughton (DT), Kevin Brown (LB), Marquise Copeland (DT), Chris Murphy (LB), Alex Pace (DT), Idarius Ray (OL), Eric Wilson (LB) all made their first career starts in the season opener against Alabama A&M.
- First career appearances: Hakeem Allonce (DT), Brayden Beard (WR), Taylor Boose (RB), Landon Brazile (DE), Franklin Bruscianelli (LB), Malik Clements (S), Marquise Copeland (DE), Jake Elfers (TE), Kimoni Fitz (DE), Tyrell Gilbert (S), Beau Harmon (DT), Bryce Jenkinson (LB), Lyndon Johnson (DE), Tshumbi Johnson Jr. (WR), Kahlil Lewis (WR), Jaylyin Minor (LB), Hayden Moore (QB), Chris Murphy (CB), Delonte Murray (OL), Norman Oglesby (DT), JJ Pinckney (CB), Idarius Ray (OL), Alex Thomas (CB), Sione Tongamoa (DT), Davon Witherspoon (CB), Luke Wright (QB).
- In four of the last five years, UC has scored on their opening drive of the season. The one year the Bearcats did not was in 2013 against Purdue when the drive ended on an interception.
- Cincinnati scored 28 points in the second quarter, which is the most in a single quarter by UC since Sept. 17, 2011 against Akron (35 pts. in the second quarter).
- The Bearcats surpassed 600 total yards of offense (636) for the first time since Nov. 16, 2013, against Rutgers (619).
- Cincinnati had eight freshmen play in Saturday’s game: Brayden Beard (WR), Taylor Boose (RB), Malik Clements (S), Marquise Copeland (DE), Bryce Jenkinson (LB), Kahlil Lewis (WR) and Norman Oglesby (DT), Idarius Ray (OL).
// INDIVIDUAL NOTES
- QB Gunner Kiel completed 18 of 22 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns.
- Kiel completed his first seven passes of the game to five different receivers.
- He also completed his final 10 passes before being pulled in the second quarter with the score 28-7.
- DE Marquise Copeland, a true freshman, earned the start against Alabama A&M. He is the first true freshman to start a season opener since Terrill Byrd (DT) and Mike Mickens (CB) started in the 2005 season opener against Eastern Michigan.
- WR Shaq Washington caught seven passes for 69 yards. He now has 152 career catches which is 52 off the UC school record of 204 by Mardy Gilyard (2005; 2007-09). He also extends his streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 27 along with his streak of having at least three catches in a game to 14.
- RB Mike Boone has a rushing touchdown in eight of his last nine games (Dec. 27, 2014 vs. Virginia Tech).
- WR Johnny Holton caught three passes for 81 yards, recording a career-high two touchdowns.
- Holton has caught seven career touchdown passes.
- He caught a career long pass for 47 yards to score his second touchdown of the game.
- QB Hayden Moore made his first career appearance on Saturday. He completed eight of 14 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown.
- He completed his first career touchdown pass to Alex Chisum for 28 yards midway through the third quarter.
- RB Tion Green rushed for a career high 127 yards on 17 carries and scored one touchdown. - His longest rush was for 25 yards, which is a career long.
- RB Hosey Williams carried the ball 18 times for 95 yards and one touchdown.
- Williams has five career rushing touchdowns.
- S Andre Jones grabbed his second career interception near the end of the second quarter.
- DT Sione Tongamoa recorded his first career sack midway through the first quarter for a loss of seven yards.
- DE Mark Wilson garnered his second career sack late in the first quarter.
// NEXT UP
- The Bearcats begin American Athletic Conference play next weekend as they welcome Temple to Nippert Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 12. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. ET, and the game can be watched live on ESPNews.