Nov. 8, 2009
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2009 CINCINNATI FOOTBALL POSTGAME NOTES
No. 4/7 Cincinnati vs. Connecticut – 11/7/09
Nippert Stadium – Cincinnati, Ohio
• Game Captains: Cincinnati:.Kazeem Alli (8), Brad Jones (25) UConn: Desi Cullen (13), Scott Lutrus (32), Robert McClain (42), Anthony Sherman (49)
• Cincinnati won the toss and elected to receive. Connecticut defended the south end zone.
• UC is now 17-7-1 all-time when ranked.
• UC has won 10 straight games at Nippert Stadium.
• Cincinnati has won 15-straight regular season games.
• UC’s crowd of 35,100 is the largest crowd in Nippert Stadium history, surpassing the previous high of 35,099 set against Louisville (10/24/09).
• UC’s 9-0 start of the season is the best start for the Bearcats since the 1951 season.
• In the first half, UC had 457 total yards, more than the total yardage of five different games this season: Oregon State (408), Fresno State (443), Miami (OH) (434), USF (401), and Syracuse (422).
• For the game, the Bearcats had 711 total yards, setting a new school record. The previous record of 684 total yards was set against Ohio in 1968.
• UC’s 711 total yards was the second most in BIG EAST history, behind 729 yards by Louisville set against Middle Tennessee on 9/6/07. It is the most total yards in a league game (Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh 675, 9/11/93).
• The last time a punt was returned for a touchdown by an opponent was on Sept. 30, 2006 when Ryne Robinson returned a punt 80 yards for a TD. Connecticut’s Robert McClain returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
• Connecticut scored the most points by an opponent in a game (45) this season and the most since Oklahoma scored 52 last season (9/6/08).
• UC’s 47 points was the fourth time this season UC has scored 40 or more points. The Bearcats came into the game with the nation’s fifth best scoring offense at 39.1 points a game.
• UC now has 360 points on the season, ranking fourth in school history. The Bearcats now have 47 touchdowns this season, which ranks fifth in school history.
• Jacob Ramsey had a 44-yard rush on the first drive, racking up more yards in one play than he did in the Connecticut game last season (5 carries, 38 yards). Isaiah Pead scored a 1-yard touchdown for his sixth rushing touchdown of the season, marking this fifth time this season the Bearcats have scored on their opening drive (8 plays, 80 yards). UC has scored a rushing touchdown in eight of nine games this season.
• Mardy Gilyard caught his second longest pass of the season on UC’s second drive, a 54-yard reception that led to a 41-yard field goal by Jake Rogers. Gilyard had seven catches and 108 yards in the first quarter, his third 100-yard receiving game of the season and first 100-yard receiving game since Fresno State (9/26/2009). He finished the game with a career-high 12 catches and 172 receiving yards, five yards shy of a career high.
• Zach Collaros finished the game 29-of-37 for 480 yards and one touchdown. He added 13 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns. His 480 passing yards ranks second in school history (behind Greg Cook’s 554 yards vs. Ohio in 1968) and fourth in BIG EAST history, and his 29 completions ranked ninth in the UC record book. He set a new school record with 559 total offense in a game (rushing and passing), which set a BIG EAST record (Brian Brohm, 549, Louisville vs. Syracuse, 9/22/07).
• Zach Collaros tossed a 41-yard touchdown pass to Armon Binns, who completed the catch with pass interference. It was Binns’ seventh touchdown in six games and the fourth time Collaros has connected with Binns in the end zone.
• In the first half, Collaros had the second highest passing game of the season with 333 passing yards.
• Adrien Robinson completed a 54-yard reception off a tip from Mardy Gilyard at the end of the second quarter, leading to a 34-yard field goal by Jake Rogers. The Bearcats took a 30-10 lead into the locker room at the half, it’s largest halftime advantage since the second game of the season when they were up by 46 (49-3) against Southeast Missouri State. He finished the game with 74 receiving yards, a career high.
• Jake Rogers is the eighth kicker in school history to make four field goals in a game, tying the school record. The last player to do so was Kevin Lovell in 2006 at Connecticut.
• Dominique Battle finished the game with a career high 10 tackles. J.K. Shaffer had his second straight 8-tackle game and third of the season, his career high.
• Isaiah Pead scored his second rushing touchdown of the game and ninth of the season in the fourth quarter on a 14-yard rush on fourth and one.
• Zach Collaros finished the game with two rushing touchdowns, including a 28-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He now has four rushing touchdowns on the year.