Sept. 7, 2009
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2009 CINCINNATI FOOTBALL POSTGAME NOTES
Cincinnati at Rutgers - 9/7/09 Rutgers Stadium - Piscataway, N.J.
Game Captains: #15 Tony Pike, #17 Aaron Webster
UC's five scoring drives in the first half averaged 1:56.
After the score was tied 7-7 early in the first quarter, UC closed out the first half with 24 unanswered points.
UC's running backs combined for 87 receiving yards and one touchdown.
10 different receivers caught passes for the Bearcats, with three players recording career bests (Binns, Woods, Pead).
UC has won four-straight games against Rutgers, and two straight in Rutgers Stadium.
The Bearcats have earned the win in three-straight BIG EAST Conference openers, and 76-37-10 all-time in openers.
UC is 3-2 all-time in season opening conference games and 2-0 on Labor Day Monday's.
Most UC points since scoring 52 at Syracuse on Nov. 24, 2007.
Fifteen UC players, Travis Kelce, Darrin Williams, Ricardo Thompson, Pat Lambert, Dorian Davis, Chris Williams, MJ James, Camerron Cheatham, Dan Giordano, Brandon Mills, Walter Stewart, CJ Cobb, Jamar Howard, Sean Hooey, TJ Franklin, and Reuben Johnson made the first appearance on the field for the Bearcats. Hooey, Williams, and Johnson are both true freshmen.
Nine UC student-athletes made their first career starts against Rutgers: Armon Binns (WR), Sam Griffin (OL), Alex Hoffman (OL), Isaiah Pead (RB), DJ Woods (WR), Dominique Battle (DB), Craig Carey (LB), John Hughes (DL), Derek Wolfe (DL),
In his career, Marcus Waugh has started on both offense and defense, starting at fullback in 2008 and linebacker in 2009.
Demetrius Jones made his first career appearance at linebacker, entering the game on Rutgers' first offensive series. He helped Cincinnati go to halftime up 31-7, picking off a Domenic Natale pass with 30 seconds left in the half. It was his first career pick.
Running back Isaiah Pead scored his first career touchdown on a 2-yard run at 12:31 of the first quarter. With 2:30 left in the first half he scored his first career receiving touchdown from Pike, going a career-long 41 yards down the sidelines.
DJ Woods' 27-yard reception on the first drive of the game was a career long. He finished with a career-best 71 yards on four receptions.
Tony Pike was 6-of-6 for 71 yards on UC's first drive, completing passes to four different receivers.
Pike had his third career 300-yard passing game, with 362 yards. The passing yardage was also a career high and ranks as the ninth-most yards in school history, and was the most since Gino Guidugli's 353 on Oct. 5, 2002.
Jamar Howard made his first career reception, a nine-yard catch, with 32 seconds left in the first quarter.
Alex Daniels netted his first career sack on Rutgers QB Domenic Natale with 12:18 left in the second quarter.
Mardy Gilyard returned a punt for the first time in his career, taking it back 13 yards. His only return of the game. Gilyard finished the game with eight catches for 89 yards and a TD.
Webster made his third career interception with nine minutes remaining in the second quarter and returned it 21-yards.
Travis Kelce, who spent his redshirt year last season as a quarterback and turned tight end this season, made his first career appearance memorable, running the ball on two-straight plays at quarterback. He scored on a four-yard touchdown run, his first career score. He scored his second career touchdown from two yards out in the third quarter.
Senior running back Jacob Ramsey pulled in a career-long 32-yard reception from Tony Pike in the second quarter to set up a five-yard Pike-to-Gilyard TD pass with 2:30 left in the first half. Ramsey had a career-long 62-yard gain in the third quarter. It was the longest run from scrimmage for UC since Scott Johnson scampered for 50 yards on Aug. 28, 2008 against Eastern Kentucky.
Brandon Mills forced a safety with 6:59 left in the game after his end zone sack of Rutgers QB Tom Savage.