Kay throws 4 TDs, Cincy beats Northwestern St 66-9|
Sept. 14, 2013
CINCINNATI - Brendon Kay was sharp in his return as Cincinnati's starting quarterback on Saturday night, matching his career high with four touchdown passes in a 66-9 victory over Northwestern State.
The sixth-year senior lost the starting job to Munchie Legaux after a sore passing shoulder limited him during camp and the opening week of the season. The Bearcats (2-1) beat Purdue and lost at Illinois, where Legaux tore ligaments in his left knee.
The Bearcats didn't know whether Kay would be rusty in his return. He eased any concerns for coach Tommy Tuberville's staff by completing 11 consecutive passes following and incomplete throw in his first attempt of the game. The Marine City, Mich. native is the first UC player to accomplish that feat since Zach Collaros also completed 11 straight versus Connecticut in Nov. 2010.
Kay finished 12 of 14 for 277 yards with four touchdowns, matching his total from the 48-34 Belk Bowl win over Duke last season.
With a safe 21-point lead, Tuberville sent in redshirt freshman Bennie Coney the following series. Coney directed the Bearcats' offense down the field for a 75-yard touchdown drive, which featured eight running plays and was capped off by a Tion Green three-yard touchdown run.
Coney took the reigns after Cincinnati took a 42-9 lead and went 3 of 3 for 60 yards with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Shakim Alonzo.
Cincinnati has two more weeks before starting play in the American Athletic Conference. The Bearcats visit Miami of Ohio next Saturday, then have a bye before opening conference play at South Florida.