Post Game Notes

Nov. 9, 2008

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Team Notes
  • Cincinnati Captains: #4 Dustin Grutza & #6 DeAngelo Smith
  • Cincinnati scored first for the eighth time in nine games this season. UC is 7-1 when scoring first this season.
  • UC's fumble recovery in the first quarter was its first since the season opener against Eastern Kentucky (Aug. 28) and second of the season.
  • UC's defense has recorded 13 sacks in its past five games after netting four in the first three contests of the season.
  • UC has won two-straight games over ranked teams for the second consecutive season. UC improves to 5-2 vs. ranked opponents in the Brian Kelly Era. This is the Bearcats second win this season vs. a ranked opponent and first on the road since beating then No. 20 USF in Raymond James Stadium on Nov. 3, 2007.
  • UC snapped a three-game losing streak against West Virginia and won its first game in Morgantown, W.Va. since 2003.
  • Tonight's game is the first overtime game for Cincinnati since a 24-17 double overtime loss at USF on Oct. 31, 2003. UC's last overtime victory also came in 2003 as they knocked off Temple, 30-24, in three overtimes.
  • The Bearcats held West Virginia to 98 yards rushing in the game, becoming the first team since Virginia Tech on Oct. 5, 2001 to hold the Mountaineers under 100 yards in a game.
Individual Notes
  • Mardy Gilyard ran the opening kickoff of the game back 100 yards for a touchdown, tying him with Walter Heuck (vs. Denison, 1910) for the longest in school history. It is the 13th 100-yard touchdown return in BIG EAST history and the first since Louisville's Trent Guy ran one back 100 yards on Sept. 15, 2007 against Kentucky.
  • It is Gilyard's second kick-off return for a touchdown this season, setting a UC record. He returned a kickoff 97 yards against Oklahoma on Sept. 4.
  • Gilyard has the two longest kickoff returns of the season in the BIG EAST. He is the eighth league player to return two kicks for touchdowns in the same season.
  • Gilyard is now tied with Mel Riggins (1970-71) for the UC career lead with two kickoff return touchdowns.
  • #80 Armon Binns made his first career start at wide receiver.
  • Jake Rogers made field goals of 47 and 31 yards in the first quarter. He made 13-consecutive field goals dating back to the 2007 season, tying for the school record with Jonathan Ruffin (2002). Rogers connected on his last two attempts of the 2007 season and hit his first 11 in 2008 before missing a 29-yard attempt just prior to halftime vs. WVU.
  • Tony Pike had a four-yard touchdown run with 5:23 left in the second quarter, the first rushing TD of his career.
  • Senior cornerback DeAngelo Smith picked off his second pass of the season at the one-yard line with 3:27 left in the game. He has an interception in each of the Bearcats last two games.
  • Junior tight end Kazeem Alli sealed the victory in overtime on a two-yard touchdown pass from Pike. The touchdown is Alli's second touchdown reception of the year and second of his career.
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