Oct. 6, 2012
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RV/No. 23 Cincinnati 52, Miami (Ohio) 14
Oct. 6, 2012 - Nippert Stadium - Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 35,097 - SELLOUT
Cincinnati Game Captains: Maalik Bomar, Kenbrell Thompkins, Walter Stewart and Dan Giordano. Colin Lozier carried the City of Cincinnati flag onto the field as the team entered the field prior to kickoff.
Miami (Ohio) Game Captains: Zac Dysert, Andy Cruse, Dawan Scott and Jaytee Swanson.
Cincinnati won the toss and elected to defer. Miami (Ohio) defends the north goal.
The Bearcats claim the Victory Bell for the seventh consecutive season with today's victory in the 117-year old series. Miami (Ohio) leads the nation's second-oldest rivalry in the NCAA FBS, 59-51-7.
UC has won seven consecutive games (dating back to last season) for the first time in the Butch Jones era and the first time since starting the 2009 season at 12-0. The current streak began with a 30-3 win at Syracuse on Nov. 26 last season.
Cincinnati is 4-0 for the first time since 2009 when it finished regular-season play 12-0.
The Bearcats have won 23 consecutive nonconference home games at Nippert Stadium, dating back to a three-overtime 30-24 win over Temple on Sept. 20, 2003.
Today's attendance of 35,097 gives UC its first sellout of the Butch Jones era. It marks the first sellout at Nippert Stadium since then-No. 5 Cincinnati defeated Illinois 49-36 on Nov. 27, 2009. It also marks the first sellout on homecoming since a 41-10 win over Louisville on Oct. 24, 2009.
UC's attendance average of 31, 923 through three Nippert Stadium home games this season is the largest of the Jones era. The 2009 Bearcats averaged 32,810 through their first three home dates.
The Cincinnati defense caused an opponent season-high four turnovers against Miami (Ohio) - three interceptions and a fumble.
The Bearcats' 52 points scored against the RedHawks are the most in the series since a 52-42 win at Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 30, 1999. UC scored its points in spurts today, tallying 24 consecutive points in the first half to grab a 24-6 lead with 11:56 left in the second quarter. The Bearcats started the second half scoring 28 consecutive points to take a 52-14 advantage at 14:04 in the fourth quarter.
The Bearcats ran for a season-high 272 yards on the ground. It's the most rushing yards in a game since compiling 387 against Austin Peay (Sept. 3, 2011) in a 72-10 victory.
NEXT UC GAME: The Bearcats will play host to Fordham on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN3.
Running back George Winn ran 16 times for 128 yards and two rushing touchdowns against the RedHawks. The effort was Winn's second multi-rushing touchdown performance of his career. He registered two rushing touchdowns against Pitt on Sept. 6.
Quarterback Munchie Legaux matched his career-high, accounting for three touchdowns against the RedHawks. Legaux completed 13 of 23 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran six times for 22 yards and one rushing touchdown. Legaux tallied three passing touchdowns last week against Virginia Tech.
Wide receiver Anthony McClung caught four passes for a season-high 55 yards to lead all Bearcat receivers.
Linebacker Nick Temple and senior linebacker Greg Blair led UC's defense with six total tackles each. Temple recorde five solo tackles. Blair recorded his second interception of the season when he picked off a Miami (Ohio) quarterback Zac Dysert pass at the Miami 26-yard line and returned it 13 yards with 31 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Bearcats' defense accounted for six tackles for loss. UC entered the game tied for 28th in the nation with 21 tackles for loss on the season.
Cornerback Camerron Cheatum intercepted a pass from Dysert and returned it a career-long 68 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was Cheatum's sixth career interception and his second returned for a touchdown. He also returned an interception against Akron 53 yards for a score on Sept. 17, 2011.
Cornerback Deven Drane registered fourth career interception when he picked off a Dysert pass and returned it 33 yards to set up UC's second touchdown of the game. The interception was his first of the season and fourth of his career.
Wide receiver Danny Milligan recorded his first career touchdown reception when he caught an 11-yard pass from Legaux to give UC a 14-6 lead at 4:51 in the first quarter.
Free safety Arryn Chenault gathered his first career fumble recovery at 4:08 in the first quarter after offensive lineman Camaron Beard forced the turnover from Miami tailback Jamire Westbrook. It capped off a string of three consecutive turnovers forced by the Bearcats defense.
Freshman running back Tion Green made his first collegiate appearance prior to the end of the third quarter. He scored his first career touchdown on a 2-yard run at 14:04 in the fourth quarter to give the Bearcats a 52-14 lead.
Place kicker Tony Miliano made all seven PAT attempts against Miami (Ohio). He has made 16 of 17 attempts on the season. Miliano also converted a 24-yard field goal against the RedHawks. He has made 6 of 7 field-goal attempts this season.
Miami (Ohio) grabbed quick 6-0 lead when quarterback Zac Dysert connected with wide receiver Dawon Scott on a 19-yard touchdown pass at 11:31 in the first quarter. The RedHawks' botched the point-after attempt. The drive covered 75 yards in seven plays in 3:29. The score was the first by a UC opponent in the first half at Nippert Stadium this season.
Cincinnati's defense responded on Miami's next drive when Bearcats' cornerback Camerron Cheatham intercepted a Dysert pass at the UC 32-yard line and returned it 68 yard for a touchdown at 7:36 in the first quarter. UC place kicker Tony Miliano made the extra point to give the Bearcats a 7-6 lead.
After UC cornerback Deven Drane intercepted a Dysert pass at the UC 44-yard line and returned it 33 yards, Bearcats' quarterback Munchie Legaux found wide receiver Danny Milligan for an 11-yard touchdown with 4:51 left in the first quarter. It signified Milligan's first career touchdown reception. Miliano's PAT gave UC a 14-6 advantage. The two-play scoring drive lasted 29 seconds and covered 15 yards.
The Bearcats extended their lead to 21-6 at 11:56 left in the second quarter when running back George Winn ran six yards for a touchdown. It marked Winn's third rushing touchdown of the season and fifth of his career. The scoring drive covered 10 plays, 57 yards in 4:48.
Milino gave UC a 24-6 lead when he converted a 24-yard field goal with 4:19 left in the second quarter.
The RedHawks trimmed UC's lead to 24-14 with 2:05 remaining in the first half when wide receiver Nick Harwell caught a 10-yard pass from Dysert. Dysert ran the ball into the endzone to complete to two-point conversation. The scoring drive covered 11 plays, 92 yards in 4:19. The score snapped a string of 24 consecutive points scored by the Bearcats.
UC scored on its first possession of the second half when tight end Travis Kelce caught a 19-yard touchdown strike from Legaux at 12:45 in the third quarter, giving the Bearcats a 31-14 lead. It was Kelce's first touchdown reception of the season and the third of his career. The scoring drive was 5 plays, 39 yards in 2:05.
The Bearcats extended their lead to 38-14 when Winn ran three yards for a touchdown - his second rushing score of the game - at 6:57 in the third quarter. The scoring drive was 10 plays, 62 yards in 4:55.
Legaux ran one yard for his first rushing touchdown of the season to give UC a 45-14 lead at 1:11 in the third quarter. The score capped off a 7-play, 51-yard scoring drive that lasted 2:57.
Freshman running back Tion Green scored his first career rushing touchdown on a 2-yard rush to extend UC's lead to 52-14 at 14:04 in the fourth quarter. The scoring drive was three plays, 15 yards in 1:22.