Sept. 7, 2007
Final Score (Record)
Final Score (Record)
Cincinnati (2-0) 34
Oregon State (1-1) 3
Cincinnati leads, 1-0
Game Notes Notes
Game captains were # 82 Angelo Craig and #14 Earnest Jackson for Cincinnati and #19 Sammie Stroughter, #43 Alan Darlin, #45 Derrick Dogget and #49 Jeff Van Orsow for Oregon State. UC won the coin toss and elected to receive. They defended the north end zone.
Head coach Brian Kelly is now 3-0 as UC's head coach and guided the Bearcats to their first victory against a Pac-10 team at Nippert Stadium.
Redshirt freshman kicker Jake Rogers recorded his first career field goal at the 10:39 mark of the first quarter and landed a Nippert Stadium record 55-yard field goal at the 3:55 mark of the third quarter. The 55-yarder was the second longest field goal in school history (58 yards, Jon Bacon, Sept. 17, 1994 in a 17-17 tie at Miami (OH)). He connected on all four of his point after attempts.
Senior free safety Haruki Nakamura's interception in the first quarter set up UC's first points of the game. The 20-yard return was his first interception since last year's season opener against Eastern Kentucky and his fourth career pick.
UC's defense held the Beaver offense to is fewest points (3) since being shutout on Sept. 28, 2002 at USC (22-0).
UC scored its first 17 points of the game and a total of 24 points off turnovers. Last week the Bearcats put 27 points on the board off of turnovers.
Junior linebacker Corey Smith recorded his first career interception and returned it 25 yards, setting up UC's first touchdown, a 5-yard reception by freshman wide receiver Marcus Barnett. Barnett also recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown in the third quarter.
UC's blocked punt by sophomore wide receiver Marshwan Gilyard resulted in a touchdown. It was the first blocked punt to be returned for a touchdown since Antwuan Giddens did so against Marshall in the Fort Worth Bowl in 2004.
Senior running back Greg Moore's 50-yard touchdown reception was his first since the 2005 season opener against Eastern Michigan and the longest reception of his career.
UC completed the game with only 30 total rushing yards and scored 24 points in the third quarter. It is the third time in eight quarters that the Bearcats have posted more than 20 points in a quarter.
Sophomore cornerback Brad Jones notched his second fumble recovery of the year and recorded his first career interception against the Beavers. His last-second interception gave the Bearcats six for the game, this most since November 5, 1966, a 35-13 loss at North Texas State.