2007 University of Cincinnati Football|
Nov. 3, 2007
Temperature at kickoff: 77 degrees, Humdity: 41 percent with winds NNE at 10mph
This afternoon's attendance of 57,379 is the biggest to watch the Bearcats this season. The crowd is the largest to witness the Bearcats since UC played before a crowd of 66,233 in a 29-13 loss to Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium.
It marks the Bearcats' first victory in three games against the Bulls at Raymond James Stadium. In 2003, USF needed two overtimes to win, 24-17. In 2005, USF won by a count of 31-16.
Brian Kelly improves to 8-2 as head coach of the Bearcats.
The Bearcats register their sixth win in their last seven games away from Nippert Stadium.
DeAngelo Smith's 52-yard return of the opening kickoff was
Ben Mauk's first pass of the game was intercepted by Trae Wiliams and returned for a touchdown. USF's 73-yard interception return for a score was the second yielded by the Bearcats this season.
USF scored its first 14 points of the game before running an offensive play.
Jacob Ramsey earned the starting assignment at running back. Ramsey is the first Bearcat other than Butler Benton, Bradley Glatthaar or Greg Moore to start at running back since Mike Daniels earned the start at Miami (OH) on
Ben Mauk's 63-yard touchdown pass to Antwuan Giddens marked
Ben Mauk's 34-yard scramble in the first quarter was his second longest run of the season. He ripped of a 55-yard run in the Bearcats' last game at
Connor Barwin carded
Mike Mickens, who entered the game tied for second in the BIG EAST in interceptions, picked off his fifth pass of the season and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown to put UC in front 24-14. For Mickens, it marked his second interception return for touchdown of the season. It marked the Bearcats' fourth touchdown on a pickoff return in 2007.
Dominick Goodman's 16-yard touchdown catch put the Bearcats in front by a score of 31-14. The 31 points were the most they have scored in any quarter in the modern era (1950 to present) of UC football.
Tied for second in the BIG EAST in interceptions going into the game, DeAngelo Smith registered his fifth interception of the season on USF's first drive of the second quarter. Smith's pickoff stopped the Bulls in the end zone.
After Jacob Ramsey's fumble gave USF the ball on the UC 11, the Bearcats defense forced the Bulls to settle for a 21-yard field goal to make the lead 31-17.
Entering the game tied for second nationally with 26 takeaways,
On consecutive possessions in the first quarter, UC scored 14 points off of two turnovers. The Bearcats also benefited from a blocked a punt which was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
The 31 points by the Bearcats are the most allowed in any quarter by USF. The previous high quarter was 21 points. The 38 points allowed by the Bulls were the most ever allowed in a first half.
Senior free safety Haruki Nakamura forced two fumbles and registered an interception to key the Bearcats defense.