2008 Cincinnati Football

Oct. 30, 2008

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USF at Cincinnati – 10/30/08

Nippert Stadium – Cincinnati, Ohio






          Final score: Cincinnati (6-2, 2-1 BIG EAST) 24, No. 24/23 USF 10 (6-3, 1-3 BIG EAST) 10

          Cincinnati Captains: Dominick Goodman (16), Mike Mickens (21), Corey Smith (42), Torry Cornett (49). USF: Matt Grothe (8), Tyrone McKenzie (27), Jake Griffin (77), Andrew Ketchel (85).

          Cincinnati won the toss and elected to receive. Rutgers defended the north end zone.

          UC scored first for the seventh time in eight games this season and is now 6-1 when getting on the board first.

          On the opening drive of the game, the UC offense ended a string of 25 straight third downs without a conversion with a 13-yard pass to Dominick Goodman on a 3rd and 9. UC ended the game 5-for-10 on third downs.

          UC improves to 4-2 vs. ranked opponents in the Brian Kelly Era. This is the Bearcats first win this season vs. a ranked opponent and first at home since knocking off then-No. 16 UConn, 27-3, last season on Nov. 10.

          The Bearcats now own a 4-2 lead in the series with USF having won four of the last five contests.

          UC improves to 17-0 when leading after three quarters under Brian Kelly.

          Attendance: 31,175 – The 10th-largest crowd in Nippert Stadium history.



          20 or more consecutive starts: Trevor Canfield (33), Dominick Goodman (26), Adam Hoppel (20), Mike Mickens (42), DeAngleo Smith (21).

          Senior wide receiver Dominick Goodman pulled in quarterback Tony Pike’s first attempt of the night and has now caught a pass in 28 consecutive games.

          Senior defensive back Mike Mickens broke the school record for career interceptions with his 13th career pick five minutes into the first quarter. The interception pushed him past Blue Adams (1998-02) and Jocelyn Borgella (1990-93). The ensuing 58-yard interception return set up UC’s first score of the game, a two-yard rushing touchdown by sophomore tailback John Goebel.

          Goebel’s two-yard plunge put the Bearcats up, 7-0, six minutes into the game. The score was his team-leading fifth rushing touchdown this season year.

          Pike’s 49-yard pass completion to senior wide receiver Mardy Gilyard late in the first quarter was UC’s longest pass play from scrimmage since the two hooked up on a 67-yarder in the Akron game. The play led to UC’s second score of the night, a 32-yard field goal by Jake Rogers.

          Sophomore kicker Jake Rogers put Cincinnati back on top, 10-7, with a 32-yard field with 3:42 left in the first quarter. It was his ninth consecutive field goal this season.

          Junior defensive end Curtis Young picked up his second sack of the season to end of Bulls first drive of the second quarter. He now has 5.5 for his career.

          Pike and Gilyard hooked up with 9:17 left in the second quarter for the Bearcats only passing touchdown of the game, a 26-yard bubble screen to put UC up, 17-7. The touchdown reception was Gilyard’s team-best seventh of the season. For Pike it was his eighth passing score.

          The Gilyard touchdown ended the Bearcats’ longest scoring drive (yards) of the season as they drove 91 yards on 12 plays in 4:12.

          Sophomore tight end Ben Guidugli pulled in an acrobatic one-handed reception for 33 yards in the second quarter, the longest reception of his career.

          Senior defensive end Lamonte Nelms picked off his second career pass and first this season with 4:21 left in the first half to end a USF drive at UC’s 32-yard line. Nelms picked off the ball after senior defensive end Connor Barwin batted the Grothe pass into the air.

          The Bearcats outgained the Bulls 281-172 yards in the first half thanks to Pike’s 14-of-19 passing for 227 yards.

          UC’s Nelms ended USF’s first drive of the second half with his fourth sack of the season.

          Senior defensive back DeAngelo Smith made his first interception of the season midway through the third quarter off Grothe. He also picked Grothe in last season’s 38-33 win.

          In the last two games vs. USF, the Cincinnati defense has picked off Grothe seven times – three times this season and four times last year.

          Moving back over to the offensive side of the ball to play in the jumbo package, defensive end and former UC tight end Connor Barwin pulled in his sixth career receiving touchdown and first of the season from one yard out. The touchdown put UC up 24-10.

          Zach Collaros took over at quarterback from Tony Pike midway through the fourth quarter for Cincinnati.

          Barwin, a defensive end, ended the game with two passes defended – half of UC’s total of four.

          Twice in the fourth quarter the UC defense forced the Bulls to turn the ball over on downs inside the UC 10-yard line.