With the win over Memphis, UC is bowl eligible for the third straight season and seventh time in the past eight years. The Bearcats, who have played in two Bowl Championship Series games, are 8-6 all time in postseason games.
QB Brendon Kay completed nine straight passes to start the game including a 28-yard reception by WR Chris Moore on the opening play of the game. Dating back to the UConn game on Oct. 19, Kay had 14 straight completions over the two games before his first incompletion in the first quarter.
Kay finished the game 27-of-35 for 321 yards and a TD. It was his second consecutive 300-yard game and third of his career.
RB Ralph David Abernathy IV had a 32-yard reception on a screen pass to close out the first quarter, his longest reception of the season. Abernathy and FB Jared Golden are tied for the longest reception (32 yards) by a UC back this year.
Abernathy added a 19-yard scamper for a TD late in the first half. It was his third rushing TD of the season and sixth of his career. He set a season high with three catches for 54 yards.
QB Jordan Luallen got UC on the board with a 13-yard TD rush in the second quarter. It was his first rushing TD of the season and third of his career.
LB Jeff Luc has his second forced fumble of the season and DB Zach Edwards had his first career fumble recovery late in the second quarter. The forced and recovery set up Abernathy’s 19-yard TD run, which gave UC a 14-7 halftime lead.
RB Tion Green scored a 2-yard rushing TD on UC’s first possession of the second half. It was his fifth of the season and sixth of his career.
DB Deven Drane had his third interception of the season with 8:42 left in the game. The pickoff was the eighth for his career.
WR Shaq Washington tied a career high with 11 catches and set a career mark with 96 receiving yards. It was his third game this season catching 11 balls and his 131 all-purpose yards (96 receiving, 35 punt return) also set a career mark.
WR Anthony McClung set a career high with nine receptions. His catches went for 98 yards and a TD, his fifth of the season.
DB Zach Edwards set a career high with 11 tackles. The true freshman also added a TFL and his first career fumble recovery.
DT Adam Dempsey set a career mark with two tackles for a loss and tied his career high with a solo sack.