Cincinnati-Toledo Postgame Notes
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Oct. 21, 2012

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2012 CINCINNATI FOOTBALL POSTGAME NOTES

No. 21/18 Cincinnati 23 (5-1), Toledo 29 (7-1)

SERIES NOTES

  • Cincinnati leads the all-time series 4-3, including a 2-1 mark in the Glass Bowl.
  • Toledo has won three-straight games in the series.

TEAM NOTES

  • Cincinnati was held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time in 2012. UC had held a 58-9 scoring advantage in the opening quarter entering the game.
  • UC trailed at the half for the second time this season (Virginia Tech).
  • UC eclipsed 425 yards of total offense for the sixth-straight game, finishing the game with 478 yards of total offense, its second-best mark of the 2012 campaign behind the 497 yards tallied against Delaware State. It was the 15th time UC has eclipsed the 400 yard mark under Head Coach Butch Jones. UC is 11-4 when totaling 400 or more total yards under Jones.
  • UC rushed for 251 yards on 35 attempts, the fifth time in six games UC has eclipsed 200 yards rushing and the fourth time this season the Bearcats have tallied 250 or more yards.
  • UC averaged 6.6 yards per play, compared to 5.3 ypp for UT.
  • UC held the lead for a little under 15 seconds after a Munchie Legaux to Damon Julian TD. UT’s Bernard Reed returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for a TD, giving UT a lead it would not relinquish. It was the first KOR for a TD against UC since Mike Jenkins of USF accomplished the feat on Nov. 3, 2007.
  • UC saw its eight-game winning streak, tied for the third-longest active streak in the NCAA FBS, come to an end.
  • UC is 23-10-1 as a ranked team.
  • UC’s defense held UT without an offensive TD on the night. Entering the game, UT’s offense was averaging 36.4 ppg, a mark that was tied for 30th in the NCAA FBS.
  • UC finished with eight tackles for a loss, its second-highest total of the season.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • DL Walter Stewart missed the game due to an upper body injury suffered against Fordham. His return is undetermined. Stewart had his string of 40 consecutive starts come to an end.
  • RB Ralph David Abernathy IV had a career-best 52-yard scamper with 12:29 in the second quarter, setting up UC’s first score of the night. Abernathy achieved a career-high 98 yards rushing on the evening. He averaged 10.9 yards per rush.
  • QB Munchie Legaux opened the scoring for the Bearcats with a 2-yard run in the second quarter. It was his third rushing TD of the year and fifth of his career. He finished with 66 yards on nine carries and was 15-of-36 for 227 yards, a TD and a pair of interceptions on the evening. Legaux completed passes to seven different receivers on the evening.
  • DL Brandon Mills recovered a fumble on the UT 45-yard line with 10:28 left in the second quarter. It was Mills’ first recovery of the season and second career fumble recovery. Mills also added a pair of tackles and a QB hurry.
  • K Tony Miliano made kicks of 40, 37 and 41 yards on the evening, making him 10-13 on the season with four kicks of 40 yards or more (4-7).
  • WR Damon Julian made a leaping comeback catch in the endzone of a 25-yard pass from Legaux to give UC a 20-19 lead with 2:08 left in the third quarter. It was Julian’s third TD reception of the season.
  • LB Greg Blair finished with a game- and career-high 15 tackles, including seven solo stops and a tackle for a loss. Blair’s previous career high was 13 against Virginia Tech (Sept. 29).
  • DL Dan Giordano finished with six tackles, including two for a loss and a sack.
  • DB Adrian Witty tallied his first career sack, tied a career best with five tackles and set his career mark with two tackles for a loss.
  • TE Travis Kelce was UC’s leading receiver for the second-straight game. Kelce hauled in three balls for 64 yards.
  • RB George Winn carried 16 times for 86 yards, giving him 75 or more yards rushing in each of UC’s first six games and seven consecutive games overall, dating back to the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The last UC player to accomplish the feat was Demarco McCleskey who tallied 75 or more yards rushing in UC's last six games of the 2002 season.