UC - NC State Postgame Notes

Sept. 22, 2011

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Cincinnati 44, N.C. State 14
Sept. 22, 2011 - Nippert Stadium - Cincinnati, Ohio



  • Cincinnati Game Captains: Zach Collaros, J.K. Schaffer, Isaiah Pead and Walter Stewart
  • N.C. State Game Captain: J.R. Sweezy and George Bryan
  • Former UC kicker Henk Hartong, who kicked the first soccer style field goal 50 years ago this season, served as an honorary captain.
  • UC won the coin toss and deferred. N.C. State will receive and defend the south goal.
  • The UC-N.C. State game was a part of “Black Out” night at Nippert Stadium and was televised by ESPN and ESPN3D. It marked the first football game in BIG EAST Conference history televised on ESPN3D.
  • The Bearcats evened the series with N.C. State at one game apiece with tonight’s win. The Wolfpack won last season’s meeting, 30-19, on Sept. 16 in Raleigh, N.C.
  • UC head coach Butch Jones moves to 1-1 all-time against N.C. State.
  • UC has won 21 consecutive home non-conference games at Nippert Stadium, dating back to a three-overtime, 30-24 win over Temple on Sept. 20, 2003.
  • UC moves to 4-1 in ESPN Thursday Night primetime games.
  • Against N.C. State, UC recorded three takeaways (two interceptions and a fumble recovery) to increase its season takeaway numbers to eight interceptions and eight fumble recoveries.  Its turnover margin improved to plus-14. The Bearcats entered Thursday’s game leading the nation in takeaways (plus-13) and was tied for first in turnover margin (plus-12).
  • The Bearcats had two interceptions against N.C. State in the first quarter to move their season total to eight, matching their total for the entire 2010 campaign.
  • In a season-long trend UC continues to take advantage of opponent turnovers. UC has scored 87 points off 15 opponent turnovers (12 touchdowns and one field goal) this season. UC has scored on 13 of 16 forced turnovers.
  • The Bearcats have outscored their opponents 175-38 at Nippert Stadium this season. UC also has outscored its opponents 48-0 in the first quarter and 114-7 in the first half at home.
  • The UC defense limited N.C. State to minus-26 yards rushing Thursday. It was the third-lowest rushing total for a UC opponent in school history and the fewest since allowing minus-37 yards to Wichita State in 1974.
  • The UC defense also recorded a season-high 17 tackles for loss to go along with five sacks.
  • UC scored on its second drive of the game to take a 7-0 lead when running back Isaiah Pead ran for a two-yard touchdown at 8:39 in the first quarter. It marked the fourth consecutive game Pead has scored the Bearcats first touchdown of the game – all rushing touchdowns. The run was Pead’s fifth rushing touchdown of the season and the 20th of his career.    
  • The Bearcats took a 14-0 lead when quarterback Zach Collaros scored on a 14-yard run at 4:07 in the first quarter.
  • Collaros scored again on UC’s next drive, a 10-yard run at 11:52 in the second quarter to give the Bearcats a 21-0 advantage. It was the third rushing touchdown of the season for Collaros and the 11th of his career.
  • Tony Miliano converted a 26-yard field goal at 1:06 left in the second quarter to give UC a 24-7 lead. He has made four of his six field goal attempts this season.
  • Miliano increased UC’s lead to 27-7 when he connected on a career-long 48-yard field goal at 12:51 in the third quarter.
  • Isaiah Pead caught a 25-yard touchdown reception from Collaros at 7:16 in the third quarter to give the Bearcats a 34-7 lead. It was Pead’s first touchdown reception of the season and the fourth of his career.
  • Kenbrell Thompkins caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Collaros to push UC’s lead to 41-14 with 1:26 left in the third quarter.
  • Miliano made his third field goal of the night, a 22-yarder, at 7:20 left in the game to give UC a 44-14 edge.
  • NEXT GAME: UC plays at Miami (Ohio), Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by ESPN3.com. The Bearcats next home game is Oct. 15 when they play host to Louisville at Paul Brown Stadium. The UC-Louisville game time has not been announced.


  • UC quarterback Zach Collaros completed 25-of-34 pass attempts for 263 yards while running for a season-high 52 yards and two touchdowns.  
    • Ran for two touchdowns against the Wolfpack – a 14-yard run at 4:07 in the first quarter and a 10-yard run at 11:52 in the second quarter. Collaros has three rushing touchdowns this season and 11 in his career. It marked the third-time during his career Collaros has recorded two rushing touchdowns in a game (Connecticut on Nov. 7, 2009 and at South Florida on Oct. 15, 2009).
    • Has compiled 5,122 career passing yards to move into fourth place on UC’s charts. He moved past Tony Pike (5,018 yards from 2007-09) and Greg Cook (4,906 yards from 1966-68).
    • Threw his first interception of the season with UC driving inside the Wolfpack red zone in the second quarter. It was Collaros’ first interception in 86 pass attempts this season.  
  • Isaiah Pead rushed 27 times for 167 yard and caught a touchdown pass against the Wolfpack.
    • Earned his second 100-yard rushing performance of the season and the seventh of his career.
    • Caught a 25-yard touchdown reception from Collaros at 7:16 in the third quarter to give the Bearcats a 34-7 lead. It was Pead’s first touchdown reception of the season and the fourth of his career.
    • In two games against BCS conference opponents Pead has total 322 yards on 41 carries for an average of 7.9 yards per run.
  • Wide receivers Anthony McClung and Kenbrell Thompkins each registered career-high receiving-yard totals Thursday. McClung caught six receptions for 94 yards while Thompkins hauled in five receptions for 72 yards.
  • Placekicker Tony Miliano converted a single-game high three field goals and made all five PATs against the Wolfpack. He has six field goals on the season and has made 21 consecutive extra-point attempts. He converted a career-long 48-yard field goal at 12:51 in the third quarter.
  • UC punter Pat O’Donnell booted the second-longest punt in school history when he kicked a 76-yard punt at 11:39 in the first quarter. It was two yards shy of tying the school record held by Mike Connell against Louisiana-Lafayette in 1976. He finished with three punts for 179 yards and a 59.7 yard average. Two of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.
  • Linebacker J.K. Schaffer led all Bearcats with nine total tackles. He also picked off a Mike Glennon pass with 59 seconds left in the first quarter. It was Schaffer’s third interception of the season and seventh of his career.  
  • Defensive back Drew Frey registered his first interception of the season and the fifth of his career when he picked off a Mike Glennon pass at the 10:41 mark of the first quarter.
  • Defensive tackle Derek Wolfe recorded his 14th career sack at the 7:45 mark of the first quarter to move into a tie for 10th on UC’s career sacks list with Errol Cleveland (1981-83).
  • Zach Collaros found Kenbrell Thompkins for a 44-yard pass play on third-and-17 during UC’s second scoring drive. Thompkins’ reception was the longest of his young career and the second-longest pass play of the season for UC.
  • Defensive lineman Brandon Mills recorded his first sack and tackle for loss of the season during the second quarter. Mills has 10.5 sacks during his career and 21.5 tackles for loss.
  • UC forced its third turnover of the game at 7:22 in the second quarter when Wesley Richardson forced Wolfpack receiver T.J. Graham to fumble after the catch before Bearcat Devin Drane recovered the loose ball. It was Richardson’s first career forced fumble and first career fumble recovery.
  • Defensive end Dan Giordano registered his second sack of the season during NC State’s first drive of the third quarter. He has 8.5 sacks for his career.
  • Freshman linebacker Nick Temple made his first career start.