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Oct. 7, 2007

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University of Cincinnati Football

Postgame Notes - Game No. 6

Bearcats at Rutgers

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007

 

 

Cincinnati captains:  42 Corey Smith and 55 Leo Morgan

 

Cincinnati extends its win streak to nine straight, dating back to the Nov. 18, 2006 win over Rutgers at Nippert Stadium.  The streak includes five straight victories away from Nippert Stadium. Coming into the game, the winning streak was the third longest in the nation. With Wisconsin losing earlier in the day, UC has the second-longest streak in the nation trailing just LSU who came from behind to beat Florida.

 

The Bearcats take their second consecutive win over the Scarlet Knights and move to 5-7-1 all-time vs. Rutgers. It is UC's first win ever at Rutgers Stadium in seven tries.

 

Cincinnati moves to 6-0 for the first time since 1954 and just the fifth time in program history. 

 

Brian Kelly is the first coach since Russ Cohen in 1935 to go undefeated in his first seven games with the Bearcats.

 

The announced crowd of 43,768 is the fourth-largest crowd in Rutgers Stadium history.  Dating back to the 2006 campaign, it marked the seventh straight Rutgers Stadium sellout.

 

Heading into the game as the No. 1 team in the country in takeaways (21) and turnover margin (+2.8 per game), Cincinnati turned the ball over three times (2 fumbles, 1 interception) and collected four turnovers (1 fumble, 3 interceptions).

 

Quarterback Ben Mauk completed 20-of-37 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Mauk has now thrown at least one touchdown in each game he has played and has multiple touchdowns in four of his five games played. In his last two games vs. San Diego State and Rutgers, Mauk has thrown seven touchdown to just two interceptions.

 

Angelo Craig was credited with a fumble recovery and a 21-yard return in the first quarter.  Craig's only previous fumble recovery in a UC uniform came in the 23-6 win over South Florida on Oct. 29, 2006.

 

Kevin Huber's 51-yard punt in the first quarter was downed on the 1 yard line by DeAngelo Smith.  It was Huber's third time this season he has had a punt downed at the 1-yard line.

 

Haruki Nakamura's 24-yard punt return in the first quarter was a season-long. However, his longest return of the night came in the third quarter when he picked off his third pass of the season and returned it 31 yards. The interception started an 8-play, 46-yard drive that led to a UC touchdown that cut the Rutgers' lead to 17-14.

 

Cincinnati yielded an interception return for touchdown for the second time in as many weeks to fall behind 7-0.  It marked the first time that UC trailed since falling behind 2-0 in the first quarter against Marshall.

 

Dominick Goodman's 15-yard touchdown reception made while falling on his back was his third of the season. All three scores have come in the last two weeks (two at San Diego State).

 

Anthony Hoke recorded his team-leading fourth sack of the year in the second quarter. The sack on first down was for an 11 yard loss and helped stall a Rutgers drive that ended in a 27-yard field goal.

 

Terrill Byrd was credited with his third sack of the season in the second quarter. Bird now has six career sacks.

 

Bradley Glatthaar's 3-yard touchdown run to open the third quarter was his sixth of the season and cut the Rutgers' lead to 17-14.  He is now tied for seventh in UC history with 19 career rushing scores.

 

Cincinnati recorded a touchdown on its first drive of the second half for the second time in as many weeks.

 

Trailing 20-14, Cincinnati scored 14 points in a period of 19 seconds to take a 28-20 lead with 28 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Mauk completed the first touchdown to Marcus Barnett for two yards with 33 seconds left in the third quarter to put Cincinnati up 21-20. Following an Andre Revel's interception on the Scarlet Knights first play of the ensuing drive, Mauk found Marshwan Gilyard from 27 yards out to give the Bearcats a 28-20 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

 

Revel's interception was the first of his career.

 

Marcus Barnett's 2-yard touchdown reception was his sixth TD catch of the season.  Barnett leads the Bearcats with seven scores.

 

Junior linebacker Ryan Manalac clinched the Bearcats' 28-23 win with 1:19 left in the game with his first interception of his career.