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Oct. 16, 2009

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TEAM NOTES

  • Cincinnati Game Captains: Mardy Gilyard (1) and Ricardo Matthews (90)
  • UC's 6-0 start ties the best season start since 2007 (6-0).
  • The win moves the Bearcats to 5-2 vs. USF in the all-time series and gives them four straight wins against the Bulls. The series is now even at 2-2 when playing in Tampa.
  • After rushing for five yards in the first half, Cincinnati ran for 184 yards in the second half.
  • UC recorded multiple sacks for the fourth time in six games in 2009.
  • For the first time this season, UC was held under 21 points in the first half as the Bearcats took a 17-10 lead into halftime. Cincinnati had scored at least 21 or more points in the opening half of play in the first five games of the season.
  • Cincinnati has led at the half in each of its six games this season after taking a 17-10 lead into the half against the Bulls.
  • UC intercepted two passes in the game, the sixth-straight game the Bearcats have recorded an interception and a turnover in a game.
  • Cincinnati came into the game leading the nation in sacks (4.2 per game) and tackles for loss (10.0 per game). UC finished with four sacks on the night and 11 tackles for loss.
  • USF converted 3-of-5 third downs in the first quarter before Cincinnati allowed just one more third-down conversion in 11 attempts for the rest of the contest.
  • Coming into the game, Cincinnati averaged just 23:52 in time of possession per game. Against the Bulls, the Bearcats held the ball for 31:18.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Robby Armstrong (knee) and Quincy Quetant (leg) missed game due to injury.
  • Curtis Young returned to the starting lineup for the first time since injuring his knee prior to the Oregon State game. Young's last start came on September 12. Young had five solo tackles on the evening.
  • After Walter Stewart started the last three games at defensive end, he made his first career start at the drop linebacker position in place of Demetrius Jones.
  • Ben Guidugli made his 20th consecutive start for the Bearcats.
  • At the end of the first half, Zach Collaros took one snap for the Bearcats marking his first action since the Southeast Missouri State contest on Sept. 12. Collaros came back into the game in UC's second series of the second half.
  • Collaros scrambled for a 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter to put Cincinnati in front, 24-10. The 75-yard rush was the longest rush of the season for the Bearcats and it was Collaros' first rushing touchdown of his career. He later scrambled for a four-yard touchdown, his second of the game and of his career. Collaros finished with a career-high 132 yards on 10 carries, marking the first time in the Brian Kelly era that the Bearcats have had 100-yard rushers in back-to-back games.
  • Tony Pike threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Armon Binns with 14:38 remaining in the second quarter to give UC a 10-7 lead. Pike has now thrown a touchdown in 16 consecutive games.
  • Armon Binns finished the contest with four receptions for 31 yards, and a career-high two touchdown catches.
  • With 9:57 to play in the first quarter, Jacob Rogers connected on a 37-yard field goal that put Cincinnati in front, 3-0. The field goal was his third of the season and it marked the first time this season that Rogers made a field goal in consecutive games. Rogers added a 29-yard field goal with 6:29 in the fourth quarter for his second of the game.
  • With a catch in the first quarter, Mardy Gilyard has had a reception in 11 consecutive games. Gilyard finished with a team-high five catches for a team-best 75 yards.
  • Aaron Webster picked off a B.J. Daniels on the first play of the second quarter and returned it 83 yards to set up a Cincinnati touchdown. The interception was Webster's third of the season and fifth of his career and it tied for the fifth-longest interception return in program history. Shawn Ferguson ('98 vs. Memphis) and Art Sheffield ('88 vs, Indiana State) share the school record for the longest interception return at 100 yards.
  • Andre Revels led the squad with nine tackles upping his season total to 50.
  • Drew Frey recorded the first interception of his career after picking off a B.J. Daniels pass with 1:25 to play in the game.