Cincinnati - Akron Postgame Notes

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Sept. 17, 2011

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POSTGAME NOTES
Cincinnati 59, Akron 14
Sept. 17, 2011 - Nippert Stadium - Cincinnati, Ohio
24,991

CINCINNATI NOTES

TEAM NOTES

  • Cincinnati Game Captains: Zach Collaros, JK Schaffer, DJ Woods and Randy Martinez
  • Akron Game Captains: Brian Wagner, Adam Steiner, Jake Anderson and Oren Wilson
  • Akron won the coin toss and opted to defer. UC will receive and defend the north goal.
  • The Bearcats improve to 4-2 all-time against Akron, including a 3-1 mark in Cincinnati. UC head coach Butch Jones moves to 3-0 all-time against the Zips.
  • UC has won 20 consecutive home non-conference games at Nippert Stadium, dating back to a three-overtime, 30-24 win over Temple on Sept. 20, 2003.
  • Cincinnati grabbed four interceptions and forced two fumbles against Akron. The Bearcats returned one fumble for a score and two interceptions for touchdowns - all in the first half.
  • Cincinnati becomes the first BIG EAST Conference team to post three defensive touchdowns since Miami (Fla.) scored on two interceptions and one fumble against West Virginia in a 41-10 victory on Sept. 23, 2000.  
  • The Bearcats' six forced turnovers are the most for UC since forcing seven against Oregon State on Sept. 6, 2007.
  • UC's four interceptions against Akron are the most since snagging six against Oregon State on Sept. 6, 2007.
  • UC's 103 interception return yards against Akron are the most since recording 110 interception return yards against Oregon State on Sept. 2007.
  • Cincinnati's 49 points in the first half were its most points in the first half since leading Southeast Missouri State 49-3 at halftime on Sept. 12, 2009.
  • UC scored on its opening drive of the game for the third consecutive week - a one-yard run from Isaiah Pead. It marked the third consecutive game Pead has scored a rushing touchdown. The drive covered 60 yard on nine plays in 3:19.  
  • Maalik Bomar put Cincinnati up 14-0 at 8:21 in the first quarter when he picked up a fumble from Akron quarterback Clayton Moore and ran it 54 yards for a touchdown. Bearcats defensive lineman Derek Wolfe forced the fumble. It marked UC's first fumble recovery ran for a touchdown since Angelo Craig returned a fumble recovery 16 yards for a score at Syracuse on Nov. 24, 2007. It also marked UC's first defensive touchdown since Brandon Underwood returned an interception 20 yards for a score at Hawaii on Dec. 6, 2008.
  • The defense scored again to give the Bearcats a 21-0 advantage when defensive back Dominique Battle intercepted a Clayton Moore pass and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown at 14:51 in the second quarter. It marked the first time UC returned an interception for a touchdown since Brandon Underwood returned an interception 20 yards for a score at Hawaii on Dec. 6, 2008.
  • UC quarterback Zack Collaros rushed seven yards for a touchdown at 11:40 in the second quarter to give the Bearcats a 28-0 edge. The five-play, 67-yard drive was highlighted by a 50-yard reception by DJ Woods from Collaros that gave UC a first-and-goal situation.
  • Tight end Adrien Robinson caught a 15-yard touchdown from Collaros at 7:56 in the second quarter to give UC a 35-0 lead.
  • Running back George Winn recorded his first career rushing touchdown, a three-yard run, to give UC a 42-0 lead at 4:54.
  • Defensive back Camerron Cheatham recorded UC's third interception of the first half when he picked off a Clayton Moore pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown at 1:41 in the second quarter to give UC a 49-0 lead.
  • Freshman placekicker Tony Miliano connected on a career-long, 47-yard field goal at 6:17 in the third quarter to give UC a 52-0 lead.
  • Running back Jameel Poteat earned his first career rushing touchdown, a seven-yard run, at 14:26 in the fourth quarter to give UC a 59-0 lead.
  • Running back Anthony King fumbled with 2:02 left in the game for UC's first turnover of the season. The Bearcats own a plus-12 turnover margin this year after forcing six turnovers against the Zips.
  • Cincinnati has outscored its home opponents 90-0 in the first half this season (41-0 vs. Austin Peay and 49-0 vs. Akron).  
  • Head coach Butch Jones played four quarterbacks during the game (Zach Collaros, Jordan Luallen, Munchie Legaux, Brendon Kay).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Senior quarterback Zach Collaros posted his first rushing touchdown of the season, a seven-yard score at 11:40 in the second quarter to give the Bearcats a 28-0 edge. He also completed 10-of-16 pass attempts for 157 passing yards.
  • Collaros moved into sixth place on UC's career passing yards list with 4,859, surpassing Lance Harp (1991-93) who threw for 4,803 yards. Collaros also moved into a tie for seventh place with former Bearcat Danny Barrett (1980-82) with 352 pass career pass completions.
  • Jameel Poteat recorded 10 rushes for 55 yards - both career highs - including his first collegiate touchdown, a seven-yard run, at 14:26 in the fourth quarter.
  • Linebacker Clemente Casseus led the Bearcats defense with five tackles, including one tackle for loss.
  • Defensive lineman Derek Wolfe recorded a forced fumble and had two sacks in the first quarter. The forced fumble was returned 54 yards by Maalik Bomar to give UC a 14-0 lead at 8:21. Wolfe has three career forced fumbles.  
  • Defensive lineman Dan Giordano recorded a forced fumble and fumble recovery at the 2:15 mark of the first quarter when he stripped the ball from Zips quarterback Clayton Moore. It marks Giordano's second career forced fumble.
  • DJ Woods' 50-yard reception in the second quarter was a season long. His career long is 69 yards set last season at N.C. State on Sept. 16.
  • Adrian Robinson caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Collaros with 7:56 remaining in the second quarter. It marked the second consecutive week the tight end has recorded a touchdown reception. He caught a 13-yard TD pass from Collaros in the first quarter at Tennessee.
  • Linebacker JK Schaffer intercepted a Patrick Nicely pass at 6:38 in the second quarter. It marks Schaffer's second interception of the season and the sixth of his career.
  • Defensive back Camerron Cheatham earned his first interception of the season and the second of his career when he picked off a Clayton Moore pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown at 1:41 in the second quarter to give UC a 49-0 lead.
  • Defensive back Deven Drane picked off a Clayton Moore pass at 10:38 in the third quarter. It marked his first career interception.
  • Freshman Tony Miliano connected on a career-long, 47-yard field goal at 6:17 in the third quarter to give UC a 52-0 lead. He had a 43-yard field goal attempt blocked in the second quarter. He has made three-of-five field goal attempts on the season.
  • Punter Pat O'Donnell had three punts for 123 yards against Akron, including a 53 yard punt in the third quarter. He placed three punts inside the 20-yard line.

 

 

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