Sept. 26, 2009
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2009 CINCINNATI FOOTBALL POSTGAME NOTES
No. 14/15 Cincinnati vs. Fresno State – 9/26/09
Nippert Stadium – Cincinnati, Ohio
• Game Captains: Cincinnati: Aaron Webster (17) and Tony Pike (15). Fresno State: Marlon Moore (5), Frank Manquero (48), A.J. Jefferson (28)
• Cincinnati won the toss and elected to receive. Fresno State defended the north end zone.
• UC’s 4-0 start ties the best season start since 2007 (6-0).
• UC is now 18-18-2 all-time against Western Athletic Conference (WAC) teams.
• Fresno State is the first WAC team to visit Nippert Stadium since Tulsa on Aug. 28, 1997.
• UC has won eight straight games at Nippert Stadium.
• UC has won 15 straight home non-conference games at Nippert Stadium, dating back to a 30-24 win over Temple in three overtimes on Sept. 20, 2003.
• UC’s crowd of 32,910 marked the eighth largest crowd in Nippert Stadium history.
• Dominique Battle (ankle), John Goebel (hamstring), Chris Williams (knee), and Curtis Young (knee) all missed the game due to injury.
• Marcus Barnett started at cornerback for the first time in his UC career. He had his first pass breakup of the season and finished with two tackles.
• Barnett is the sixth former offensive player to appear on defense for UC in 2009 (Alex Daniels, Craig Carey, Marcus Waugh, Demetrius Jones, Robby Armstrong).
• Ben Guidugli scored the first touchdown of the game, a 33-yard reception from Tony Pike. It was Guidugli’s first touchdown of the season and the third of his career. The 33-yard reception matched his career long.
• JK Schaffer’s second pass breakup of the season forced Fresno State to a 36-yard field goal, its first points of the game.
• Mardy Gilyard’s 56-yard reception was a season-long. He completed the drive with his fifth touchdown reception of the season, an 11-yarder. Gilyard has a touchdown reception in each of the games this season and has a six-game touchdown streak, dating back to the Hawaii game in 2008. Gilyard racked up 100-plus receiving yards in the first half, marking his 11th career game with more than 100 receiving yards. He finished the game with 177 receiving yards, a career-high and tying him for ninth in UC’s record book (tied with Robert Tate who tallied 177 receiving yards at Kansas in 1995).
• Tony Pike finished the game 18-of-26 with 300 passing yards, his fifth career 300-yard passing game. He threw three touchdowns and completed a season-long 56-yard pass to Gilyard. Pike has thrown a touchdown pass in 14 straight starts.
• Jacob Rogers booted a career-long 54-yard punt in the first quarter, surpassing his previous 44-yard long.
• Isaiah Pead scored his third career rushing touchdown in the second quarter, a 1-yard touchdown rush, giving the Bearcats a 21-10 advantage. Pead has a rushing touchdown in each of the last two games and has four total touchdowns this season (3 rushing, 1 receiving).
• In each of UC’s games this season the Bearcats have scored 21 points or more in the first half.
• Fresno State’s Ryan Matthews became the first opponent this season to gain 100-plus rushing yards. He finished with 145 yards rushing on 38 carries, an average of 3.8 yards a carry.
• Fresno State had possession for 43:42 of the game compared to UC’s possession of 16:18. Cincinnati had possession for 51 seconds in the third quarter. The Bulldogs doubled UC’s number of plays, finishing with 84 plays to Cincinnati’s 42.
• Today’s game marked the first time this season that the Bearcats were outgained in total yards (443 to 357).
• Craig Carey stopped Fresno State’s drive on a fourth down play at the 6-yard line with his first career interception on the first play of the fourth quarter. Fresno State had possession for the final 7:28 of the third quarter, into the fourth quarter. The turnover was capped off with a 23-yard touchdown reception by Mardy Gilyard, his second TD reception of the game, giving UC a 28-17 lead in the fourth quarter.
• Drew Frey finished with 11 total tackles, giving him 23 tackles in the last two games. JK Schaffer and Dan Giordano each recorded a career-high nine tackles and Demetrius Jones matched a career high with nine tackles. Derek Wolfe notched a career-high eight tackles.