Bearcats Suffer First Loss of the Season, Fall to Toledo, 29-23|
Oct. 20, 2012
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Bernard Reedy scored on a 91-yard kickoff return and Toledo beat No. 21 Cincinnati 29-23 on Saturday night, handing the Bearcats their first loss of the season.
Cincinnati's only lead came late in the third quarter, and it only lasted a few seconds. Reedy was barely touched as he scampered up the field to put the Rockets in front 26-20.
It was Reedy's third TD on special teams in three weeks. He had an 89-yard kickoff return in a 52-47 victory over Eastern Michigan last Saturday and 66-yard punt return in a 50-35 win over Central Michigan on Oct. 6.
Toledo (6-1) also got five field goals from Jeremiah Detmer, the last one coming with 42 seconds left after the Rockets ate up seven minutes with a pivotal drive. The Rockets have won six straight an after opening loss at Arizona.
"If you would have told me that our defense would hold the explosive Toledo offense scoreless in terms of touchdowns, I would feel pretty confident that we would win the game," said Cincinnati coach Butch Jones.
The Bearcats (5-1) had one last chance, Munchie Legaux's second interception of the game ended any hope for the Bearcats. Jermaine Robinson returned Legaux's first interception for a 75-yard touchdown in the first half.
The Rockets' defense, which allowed 624 yards and a lot of big plays a week ago against Eastern Michigan, kept the multitalented Legaux and his high-scoring offense in check. The Bearcats had been averaging 37 points per game.
Legaux had 228 yards passing and 66 yards on the ground, but never seemed to get on track.
His 25-yard touchdown pass to leaping receiver Damon Julian gave the Bearcats a short-lived 20-19 lead.
Nothing went right for the Bearcats early on.
They fell behind 10-0 when Legaux floated a pass into the chest of Robinson, who ran down the sideline midway into the first quarter. It was Robinson's second interception return for a score this season and the fourth of his career.
Cincinnati appeared set to build some momentum when it recovered what was initially was ruled a Toledo fumble inside its own 10-yard line, but the officials changed the call after looking at the replay.
Toledo punted just once in the first half and controlled the game early on, but a handful of long plays for the Bearcats brought them back.
Ralph Abernathy's 52-yard run set up Legaux's 2-yard scoring plunge, cutting Toledo's lead to 13-7.
Tony Miliano added a pair of field goals on the Bearcats' next two possessions to get them within three at the half.