Sept. 23, 2007
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Final Score (Record)
Cincinnati (4-0) 40
Marshall (0-4) 14
35,097 (tied the attendance record of 35,097, set on Sept.
2, 2001 against Purdue).
Cincinnati leads, 7-3-1
Game captains were #86 Doug Jones and #31 Jon Carpenter for Cincinnati and #13 Brian Shope, #14 Bernard Morris, #32 Josh Johnson, and #66 Doug Legursky for Marshall. Marshall won the coin toss and deferred. UC received and defended the north end zone.
Cincinnati has scored 180 points in its first four games, a number never reached in the first four games of any season in school history. In 1912 the Bearcats scored 165 points in the first four games, including a 124-0 romp of Transylvania in the first game of the season, but no team has matched the scoring capabilities accomplished thus far by the 2007 Bearcats.
Head coach Brian Kelly became the first since Russ Cohen in 1935 to win his first five games as a head coach at Cincinnati.
UC's win over Marshall marks the first time since 1954 that the Bearcats have won their first four games of a season.
Junior punter Kevin Huber booted two 62-yard punts, tying his season and career long punt set last week at Miami (OH). He averaged 59.7 yards per punt, setting the new school single-game record set by Adam Wulfeck vs. Miami (OH) in 1999 (54.0 ypp).
Junior quarterback Dustin Grutza was awarded the start at quarterback for the Bearcats and split time behind center with senior Ben Mauk. Both quarterbacks recorded touchdown passes and finished the game without an interception.
Cornerback Mike Mickens snatched an interception in the first quarter, his fourth of the season. Tonight's interception led to the first touchdown of game, a 17-yard rush by running back Greg Moore -- his first rushing touchdown of the season (fifth career rushing touchdown). Mickens now has eight career interceptions, tying him with four others for 11th in career interceptions in the UC record book.
Mickens also recovered a fumble in the first quarter, his second turnover picked up this game and his fifth turnover caused on the year. UC `s Marcus Barnett later scored on a 10-yard reception, making it the third time this season that UC has scored on a turnover connected to Mickens. He finished the game with a pass broken up and six tackles.
Marcus Barnett scored the Bearcats second touchdown of the game on a 27-yard reception from Ben Mauk in the second quarter. Barnett's second touchdown of the game and third touchdown reception of the season was his longest reception of the year. The 27-yard catch notched his third 20+ yard play of the season.
Grutza returned in the fourth quarter and marched the team down the field, capping off the series with a seven-yard Conner Barwin touchdown reception. It was Barwin's first touchdown of the year and the fourth of his career. Grutza was 4-of-6 passing on the 72-yard drive.
Sophomore running back Jacob Ramsey broke loose for a 42-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, recording his third touchdown of the season and snagging a career-long run in the process.