Oct. 19, 2013
Final Stats |
CINCINNATI 41, UCONN 16
OCT. 19, 2013 ▪ NIPPERT STADIUM
Cincinnati team captains: Sam Longo and Marques Aiken
UConn team captains: Yawin Smallwood, Shamar Stephen and Steve Greene
Coin toss: UConn won the toss and deferred. The Bearcats defended the south end zone.
Cincinnati improves to 8-2 in its series with UConn, having won the last three meetings. The Bearcats are 6-0 against the Huskies in Cincinnati since the series started in 2001.
UC moves to 52-30-4 all-time in homecoming contests.
The 25-point win by the Bearcats is UC's largest conference victory since a 30-3 win at Syracuse (11/26/11).
The Bearcats have outscored the opposition 187-52 at Nippert Stadium this season.
Five of UC's six scoring drives took less than three minutes against UConn. Each of UC's three scoring drives in the second quarter were less than a minute.
The UC defense set season-highs for interceptions (three), sacks (eight) and tackles for loss (11) against the Huskies.
UC has won 62 games (62-22) since the 2007 season, most among current American Athletic Conference teams.
UC threw for a season-high 388 yards passing against UConn. The previous high was 345 against Northwestern State (Sept. 14). The Bearcats also accumulated 525 yards of total offense. It marked the 20th consecutive game UC has posted 340 yard or more of total offense.
The Bearcats improved to 5-0 this season and 19-3 since 2011 in games when they scored first. UC is also improves to 4-0 this season and 50-3 since 2007 when leading at halftime.
UConn's Max DeLorenzo ran 12 yards for a touchdown at 7:04 in the third quarter marking the first second-half offensive touchdown allowed by the Bearcats' defense in the last five games. UC entered the game ranked second in the nation in scoring defense (16.6 points per game).
The Bearcats wore black jerseys with white pants and black helmets Saturday against the Huskies. It marked the seventh uniform combination in as many games this season for UC.
UC wore pink ribbons on their helmets in support of breast cancer awareness.
QB Brendon Kay tied a career high with four touchdown passes while completing 17 of 24 passes for a season-high 300 yards against UConn. He also threw for four scores against Northwestern (9/14/13) and Duke (12/27/12). Over UC's last three games Kay has thrown for 810 yards while completing 72 of 97 passes for nine touchdowns and two interceptions.
Kay completed his first four passes against UConn before Huskies' DT Angelo Pruitt batted down a Kay pass midway through the first quarter. It ended a career-long streak of 19 consecutive completions for Kay dating back to the Temple game last week when he completed his last 15 pass attempts against the Owls.
In successive plays on UC's final drive of the third quarter, Brendon Kay played wide receiver, quarterback and punter.
WR Chris Moore registered multiple touchdown receptions for the first time in career while posting three catches for 65 yards. He had a one-handed, 8-yard TD reception from Kay on UC's opening score of the game. He also caught a 28-yard TD score from reserve QB Jordan Luallen at 9:26 in the third quarter.
S Arryn Chenault led the Bearcats with a career-high nine total tackles against UConn.
CB Deven Drane intercepted a pass from UConn quarterback Tim Boyle and returned it 47 yards to the UConn 2-yard line at 2:25 remaining in the second quarter to set up a Bearcats' TD. It was Drane's sixth career interception and the longest interception return of his career.
LB Greg Blair (2.5), DE Jordan Stepp (2.5), DE Silveryberry Mouhon (2.0) and DE Terrell Hartfield (2.0) each registered career highs for tackles for loss.
WR Mekale McKay caught a 56-yard pass from Kay on the Bearcats' first play of the opening drive of the game. It marked a career-long reception for the sophomore. He ended the day with two catches for a career-high 93 yards.
WR Max Morrison caught his third touchdown reception of the season on a 32-yard pass from Kay with 17 second left in the second quarter. He tied a career high with four receptions while accumulating 54 receiving yards.
Reserve QB Jordan Luallen threw his first collegiate touchdown, a 27-yard strike to WR Chris Moore, at 9:26 in the third quarter. He completed 3-of-4 passes for 64 yards and a TD against the Huskies while rushing 12 times for 51 yards.
TE Blake Annen had three catches for a career-high 56 yards and one touchdown. He caught a 41-yard touchdown strike from Kay at 10:30 in the second quarter to give UC a 14-3 lead.
OL Austen Bujnoch did not play against UConn, snapping a streak of 32 consecutive starts for the Bearcats.
CB Mike Tyson hauled in his first career interception with 14:56 remaining in the third quarter. Tyson returned the ball 87 yards to the UConn 8-yard line, but was stripped and lost the ball. The ensuing fumble went out of bounds, giving UConn possession on its 20-yard line after the touchback.