Cincinnati at Pittsburgh Notes

Oct. 20, 2007

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Cincinnati drops back-to-back decisions for the first time since losing three in-a-row (vs. Pitt, at Ohio State and at Virginia Tech) during the 2006 campaign.  


The Bearcats fall to 6-2, 1-2 BIG EAST and continue their unfortunate ways- seven straights setbacks -- against Pitt.  The River City Rivalry trophy remains with the Panthers for the third consecutive season.  Pitt is one of three BIG EAST teams Cincinnati has yet to defeat since joining the league.


Ben Mauk's 55-yard rush on Cincinnati's first play from scrimmage was not only his longest rush of the season, but also the  longest run from scrimmage of his collegiate career.  Mauk carded 18-yard scampers earlier this season against Marshall and at San Diego State for his longest rush of the season.  His previous career-long rush went for 27 yards, on Nov. 27, 2004, in a 13-7 victory for Wake Forest over Maryland.


Ben Mauk's 94 yards on the ground were the most by a UC quarterback since Dustin Grutza rushed for 74 yards on 17 carries at Louisville on Oct. 14, 2006.  The last Cincinnati signalcaller to eclipse the century mark on the ground was Chad Plummer on Nov. 1, 1997 in a 24-17 loss to No. 24 Southern Miss. 


Cincinnati utilized seven plays to march 82 yards to score on its opening possession of the afternoon.  It marked the third time this season that UC has scored on its first drive of the game.  The last time the Bearcats scored on their first drive of the game was on a 14-play, 69-yard drive that put UC in front 7-0 at San Diego State.


After Pitt's Pat Bostick was stopped short on a quarterback sneak on fourth and inches, Cincinnati responded with a 37-yard field goal by Jake Rogers.  The field goal gave the Bearcats a 10-0 advantage.  Rogers has converted two straight field goals and has split the uprights in four of UC's last six games.


In front 10-3 after 15 minutes of play, Cincinnati has outscored its opponents 75-22 in the first quarter this season.  In 13 games a year ago, Cincinnati outscored opponents its by a margin of 56-32.


Tops in the BIG EAST in Red Zone Defense heading into the afternoon, Cincinnati allowed a touchdown on a drive pentrating its 20 yard line for the


Cincinnati allowed Pitt's LeSean McCoy to total 137 yards on 25 carries.  LaRod Stephens-Howling totaled 100 yards on 13 rushes.  McCoy's 137 yards were the most allowed this season by the Bearcats.  UC allowed two 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time since the West Virginia backfield tandem of Steve Slaton (129) and Pat White (111) accomplished the feat in the same game on Nov. 9, 2005.


Kevin Huber's 44-yard punt with 6:09 left in the third quarter was downed on the 1 yard line.  For Huber, who entered the game leading the nation with a 48.1 yards per punt average, it was his fourth punt of the season to stop at the 1 yard line.  Huber finished the afternoon with an average of 39.2 yards on five punts with two kicks stopping inside the Panthers' 20 yard line.