SEMO won the toss and elected to receive. UC defended the south end zone.
UC scored 49 points in the first half, the most points in a half in the Brian Kelly era. The previous high was 38 against USF in 2007.
Cincinnati scored five touchdown receptions, three rushing touchdowns, a punt return, and a kick return for touchdown against SEMO.
The 70 points against SEMO and the 47 points against Rutgers mark two of the top-5 highest scoring games in the Brian Kelly era.
UC's 70 points is the third most in school history, passing the 69 points scored in 1923 against Case-Western Reserve.
Cincinnati had five touchdown passes in the game, which ties for the most in school history.
UC's 578 total yards ranks seventh in school history.
Tonight's attendance marked the 10th crowd at Nippert Stadium of 30,000 or more since Brian Kelly took over as head coach.
The Bearcats have six interceptions in two games (five different players).
Eleven different players caught a pass in tonight's game.
After allowing SEMO to gain 94 yards in first quarter, the Bearcats held their opponent to 82 total yards in the final three quarters, 69 in the second, 11 in the third, two in the fourth.
Mardy Gilyard returned a punt 53 yards for UC's first touchdown 2:09 into the game. The punt return for a touchdown snapped a 12-year drought since the last UC punt was returned for a touchdown. It was UC's first in 133 games, or since Nov. 8, 1997 (Tinker Keck vs. Louisville, 44 and 78 yards). The 53-yard return was Gilyard's career long and only his eighth punt return.
Gilyard had a season-long 32-yard kick return.
Gilyard recorded his first career rushing touchdown, UC's third touchdown in five tries in the "wildcat" formation. In his career, Gilyard has scored on a punt return, kick return and has a touchdown reception and rushing touchdown. Against SEMO, Gilyard scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown, 8-yard and 37-yard touchdown receptions, and scored on a 53-yard punt return.
The last time UC played SEMO, Gilyard had eight catches, 134 yards, and one touchdown (56-yard touchdown reception). Tonight, Gilyard finished the game with four touchdowns, which ties for the third-most touchdowns in a UC game. The last player to score four touchdowns in a game was DeMarco McCleskey, who did it twice in 1998 (Arkansas State and Houston).
Gilyard scored on a 53-yard punt return, a 1-yard rush, and receptions of eight and 37 yards in the first half. According to STATS, LLC, the last player in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision competition to score via punt return, reception, and rush in the same game was Maurice Drew (now Jones-Drew) of UCLA on Oct. 8, 2005 vs. California. Jones scored three rushing touchdowns and once each via punt return and reception.
Quarterback Tony Pike came out of the game with 2:12 left in the first half. He finished the game 17-23 with 229 yards and three touchdowns. It is the second straight game Pike threw three touchdown passes and his eighth career game with multiple touchdown passes (in 12 starts).
Zach Collaros recorded his first career touchdown pass, a career-long 37-yard toss to Mardy Gilyard. It was Gilyard's fourth touchdown of the game and his second touchdown reception. Collaros connected with Charley Howard for his second touchdown throw.
Jacob Ramsey's 19-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter marked his third career receiving touchdown and his second this season.
Aaron Webster's interception in the first quarter was his second of the season and his fourth career pick.
Armon Binns had a 54-yard reception, a career long, and the longest pass play of the season. Tony Pike scored his second career rushing touchdown, a 1-yard rush, to complete the drive. It was Pike's first rushing TD of 2009.
Marcus Barnett recorded his first catch of the season in the second quarter. His second catch of the season was a 14-yard touchdown reception, his 15th career touchdown.
Andre Revels recorded his second career interception and first of the season.
Darrin Williams started the scoring on the first play of the second half with a 100-yard kick return, his first career kick return. Williams became the third player in school history to return a kick 100-yards, the last was Mardy Gilyard at West Virginia on Nov. 8, 2008.
Dominique Battle had UC's third interception of the game, his first career interception.
Charley Howard's first catch of the season was UC's ninth touchdown of the game, a 43-yard catch from Collaros, the second touchdown reception of his career.
Collin McCafferty forced a fumble in the third quarter, UC's first of the season. Orion Woodard recovered the fumble, his first career fumble recovery.
Patrick O'Donnell, a true freshman, had his first career punt, a 40-yarder. He punted four times for an average of 34.5 yards.
Brendon Kay made his first career appearance at quarterback for UC. He is the fifth quarterback the Bearcats have played this season, matching last year's number of quarterbacks played.
Scott Johnson recorded his second career rushing touchdown, a 33-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Travis Kelce picked up his first career reception as a tight end, a 3-yard catch.
Brad Jones started at safety. Drew Frey missed the game due to a leg injury. Camerron Cheatham made his first career start at cornerback. Alex Daniels (defensive end) and Demetrious Jones (linebacker) each made their first start at UC. Austin Cook made his first career appearance. George Winn made his first career appearance.