2007 University of Cincinnati Football
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Nov. 3, 2007

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Cincinnati Game Notes

Cincinnati at No. 20 AP/21 USA Today USF

Nov. 3, 2007 - Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

Temperature at kickoff:  77 degrees, Humdity:  41 percent with winds NNE at 10mph

 

Cincinnati captains:  13 Haruki Nakamura and 72 Digger Bujnoch

 

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.

 

Cincinnati moves to 7-2 for the first time since 1976.  The Bearcats are 7-2 for the ninth time in program history.

 

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 Cincinnati's longest kickoff return of the season.  Cincinnati's previous long kick return came against Oregon State, when Jacob Ramsey returned a kickoff 31 yards.

 

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.

 

Following Cincinnati's first touchdown, Mike Jenkins returned the kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-7 in favor of USF.  The kickoff return for touchdown was the first allowed by Cincinnati since John Eubanks .

 

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 Sept. 28, 2005.

 

Ben Mauk's 63-yard touchdown pass to Antwuan Giddens marked Cincinnati's fourth pass play of 50 yards or more this season.  All four pass plays resulted in touchdowns.  The effort was the longest reception of Giddens' career and his first touchdown of the season.

 

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 Pittsburgh. 

 

Cincinnati's Jake Rogers converted a 38-yard field goal with 8:30 remaining in the first quarter.  It marks the third straight game with a field goal.  Rogers is now 5-of-6 on field goal tries from between 30-39 yards and 7-of-9 from inside of 40 yards.

 

Connor Barwin carded Cincinnati's third blocked punt of the year and Antwuan Giddens recovered the bounding ball in the end zone to give UC a 17-14 lead.  Cincinnati scored either a safety or a touchdown on each of its three punt blocks this season. 

 

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.

 

Cincinnati held USF to minus-1 yard rushing on six carries in the opening quarter. 

 

Cincinnati's 31 points in the first 15 minutes are the most UC has scored in any quarter this season.  The previous high mark for scoring in a quarter was 28 points scored in the 52-23 win at San Diego State.

 

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.

 

Cincinnati's 38 points against USF equal the most UC has ever scored in a BIG EAST contest.  The Bearcats' previous record for points in a BIG EAST game was 30, in the 30-11 victory over No. 7 Rutgers on Nov. 18, 2006.

 

Entering the game tied for second nationally with 26 takeaways, Cincinnati's defense tied a school record with eight (8) turnovers (4 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries).  The other game UC forced eight turnovers was a 28-21 victory at Rice on Sept. 21, 1974.

 

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.