Oct. 13, 2012
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No. 21/No. 20 Cincinnati 49, Fordham 17
Oct. 13, 2012 - Nippert Stadium - Cincinnati, Ohio
• Cincinnati Game Captains: Travis Kelce, George Winn, Walter Stewart and Dan Giordano. Adam Fearing carried the City of Cincinnati flag onto the field as the team entered the field prior to kickoff.
• Fordham Game Captains: Patrick Murray, Michael Martin, Carlton Koonce and Patrick McGee.
• Fordham won the toss and elected to receive. Cincinnati defends the south goal.
• UC has won eight 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. Entering the day, it was the sixth-longest streak in the NCAA FBS.
• Cincinnati is 5-0 for the first time since 2009 when it finished regular-season play 12-0.
• The Bearcats have won 24 consecutive nonconference home games at Nippert Stadium, dating back to a three-overtime 30-24 win over Temple on Sept. 20, 2003.
• UC has won 60 games over the last seven years, the most among current members of the BIG EAST Conference.
• The Bearcats’ 101 combined points scored in the past two games (52-14 over Miami Ohio and 49-17 over Fordham) are the most since UC tallied 103 points against Akron (59-14) and N.C. State (44-14) in September of last season.
• UC has outscored its opponents 48-9 in the first quarter and 75-20 in the first half at Nippert Stadium. The Bearcats scored a touchdown in all five possessions of the second half against Fordham.
• The Bearcats compiled 472 yards of total offense against Fordham and have topped at least 425 yards of total offense in each of their five contests this season. UC’s season high is 497 total yards coming against Delaware State (Sept. 15).
• UC's longest recent span of consecutive games with 400 or more total offensive yards occurred in 2009, spanning seven games from Oct. 3 to Nov. 27. Under Head Coach Butch Jones, UC has surpassed the 400-yard mark on 14 occasions since 2010. UC is 11-3 when totaling 400 or more yards of total offense.
• Quarterback Munchie Legaux’s 78-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce at 3:39 in the first quarter was UC’s longest passing touchdown since quarterback Zach Collaros found wide receiver Armon Binns for an 81-yard passing TD at Syracuse on Oct. 31, 2009.
• The Bearcats’ defense scored a touchdown for the second consecutive game when defensive back Deven Drane picked up a Fordham fumble and ran 76 yards for a touchdown for the game’s first score at 9:47 in the first quarter. Last week cornerback Camerron Cheatam registered a 68-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 52-14 home win over Miami (Ohio). It’s the first time since 2002 that UC has scored defensive touchdowns in consecutive games. Blue Adams had an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown against Memphis (Oct. 26, 2002) followed by Antwan Peek’s 15-yard fumble return for a touchdown at Louisville (Nov. 7, 2002).
• NEXT UC GAME: The Bearcats will play at Toledo on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN3.
• Quarterback Munchie Legaux has accounted for a career-high three touchdowns in each of the last three games. He completed 15 of 24 pass attempts for 262 yards and one rushing touchdown against Fordham. He also ran four times for seven yard a touchdown against the Rams. He threw a career-long 78-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce at 3:39 in the first quarter.
• Kelce caught three passes for a career-high 101 yards and a touchdown. His 78-yard touchdown reception from Legaux was a personal career-long for a reception and touchdown reception.
• Defensive back Deven Drane picked up a Fordham fumble and ran 76-yards for a touchdown for the game’s first score at 9:47 in the first quarter. It was Drane’s first fumble recovery of the season and the second of his career (9/22/11 vs. N.C. State). Drane’s fumble return for a score was UC’s longest since Ivan Fields recorded an 82-yard touchdown off a fumble at Memphis on Nov. 11, 2002. Drane also finished with four tackles.
• Defensive lineman Dan Giordano forced the Fordham fumble in the first quarter. It marked his third career forced fumble and his first of the season. Giordano finished with three tackles, a sack, tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries.
• Defensive back Malcolm Murray led UC with six tackles against Fordham, including one tackle for loss.
• Reigning BIG EAST Conference Special Team Player of the Week Tony Miliano made all seven point after attempts for the second consecutive game. The UC place kicker has made 23 of 24 attempts on the season.
• Punter Pat O’Donnell recorded a season-long 63-yard punt near the end of the first quarter.
• Freshman wide receiver Chris Moore registered his first collegiate reception in UC’s first drive of the third quarter.
• Wide receiver Danny Milligan and tight end Demetrius Richardson made their first career starts on Saturday against Fordham. Milligan had a career-long 29 touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
• Cincinnati scored first at 9:47 in the first quarter when defensive back Deven Drane picked up a Fordham fumble and ran 76-yards for a touchdown. Place kicker Tony Miliano converted the extra point for a 7-0 lead. The score was UC’s longest defensive touchdown since Mike Mickens’ 79-yard interception return at USF on Nov. 3, 2007.
• Fordham cut the UC lead to 7-3 when place kicker Patrick Murray made a 46-yard field goal attempt with 4:42 left in the first quarter. The drive was 10 plays, 47 yards in 5:05.
• Three plays later, the Bearcats pushed their lead to 14-3 when quarterback Munchie Legaux found tight end Travis Kelce for a 78-yard touchdown strike at 3:39 in the first quarter. It marked the longest pass of Munchie’s career (previous long was 76 yards against Virginia Tech on Sept. 29, 2012) and the longest pass reception of Kelce’s career (previous long was 30 yards at Miami Ohio on Oct. 1, 2011). It also was the longest pass play and touchdown reception of the season for the Bearcats. Miliano converted the extra point. The drive was three plays, 75 yards in 1:03.
• Fordham trimmed UC’s lead to 14-6 with 43 second left in the second quarter when Murray made a career-best 55-yard field goal. The drive was four plays, zero yards in 1:03. The field goal distance also tied a Nippert Stadium record. Jacob Rodgers also converted a 55-yard field goal against Oregon State on Sept. 6, 2007.
• UC scored on the opening drive of the third quarter when Legaux ran for seven yards for the touchdown. Miliano’s extra point pushed the Bearcats’ lead to 21-6 at 10:55. The drive was nine plays, 79 yards in 3:59
• Running back Ralph David Abernathy IV gave UC a 28-6 advantage with a career-long 36-yard touchdown run at 7:53 in the third quarter. Miliano’s extra point was good. The drive was five plays, 81 yards in 1:38.
• The Bearcats extended their lead to 35-6 at 4:04 in the third quarter when wide receiver Jordan Luallen ran for a one yard touchdown out of the wildcat package. It was Luallen’s second career touchdown and his first of the season. Miliano made the extra point. The drive was five plays, 26 yards in 2:02.
• Fordham scored its first touchdown of the game when quarterback Ryan Higgins completed a 12-yard TD pass to wide receiver Brian Wetzel at 1:28 in the third quarter. Higgins then passed to left tackle Mason Halter to complete the two-point conversion to cut UC’s lead to 35-14. The drive was seven plays, 68 yards in 2:30.
• UC pushed its lead to 42-14 when Legaux connected with wide receiver Danny Milligan for a 29-yard touchdown strike at 12:48 in the fourth quarter. It was a career-long reception for Milligan who has caught a touchdown in each of the past two weeks. Milano’s extra point was good. The drive was eight plays, 80 yards in 3:34.
• Patrick Murray made a 38-yard field goal at 6:40 in the fourth quarter to pull Fordham within 42-17. The drive was 13 plays, 54 yards in 6:08.
• Quarterback Brendon Kay ran one yard for his first collegiate touchdown to give UC a 49-17 lead with 1:56 left in the game. Miliano’s extra point was good. The drive was eight plays, 75 yards in 4:44.