Nov. 10, 2007
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Cincinnati (8-2, 3-2) 27
No. 16/16 UConn (8-2, 4-1) 3
30,943 (The third time this season more than 30,000 fans attended a home UC football game.)
Cincinnati leads, 4-0
Game captains were #72 Digger Bujnoch and #13 Haruki Nakamura for Cincinnati and #1 Darius Butler, #6 Dan Davis, #14 D.J. Hernandez, and #24 Larry Talor for Connecticut. UConn won the coin toss and elected to defer until the second half. UConn defended the north end zone.
With the win, it is the third time this season UC has defeated a Top 25 opponent and the fourth straight victory vs. a ranked team. Cincinnati owns an 8-60 all-time record vs. Top 25 opponents.
Charley Howard's 29-yard reception in the first quarter was his career long and his third catch of the season. Howard is the ninth UC player to have a 20+ yard reception this season. Howard also scored his first career touchdown in the game, a 6-yard reception from Ben Mauk in the first quarter.
Connor Barwin recorded his second touchdown reception of the season on the first series, giving UC a 7-0 lead. The one-yard touchdown pass from Mauk marked the fourth time this season the Bearcats have scored on their opening drive. UC is now 3-1 when scoring on the first drive this season (lost at Pittsburgh, defeated Southeast Missouri State, San Diego State and Connecticut).
Anthony Hoke finished the game with three tackles, all sacks. He had a sack in each of the first three quarters and now leads the team for the season in tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks (9).
Junior defensive lineman Adam Hoppel grabbed his first career interception in the first quarter, picking off UConn's Tyler Lorenzen after Hoke deflected the pass. UC scored two possessions later when Mauk connected with Howard on a 6-yard pass. It was Howard's first career touchdown.
With the score 13-3 at intermission, it was just the fourth time this season that the Bearcats scored less than 14 points in the first half (10 vs. Oregon State, 10 vs. San Diego State, 7 at Rutgers).
UC held UConn to just 22 yards rushing for the game. It is the eighth time this year that the Bearcats have held their opponents under 100 yards rushing.
Ten different Bearcats have caught touchdown passes this season. A total of 16 different Bearcats have caught a pass this season.
Mauk's rushing touchdown in the third quarter gave UC a 20-3 lead. The 11-yard rush was Mauk's second rushing touchdown of the season.
UConn did not score in the second half. It is the first time UC has shutout opponent in 2nd half and the third time the Bearcats have prevented their opponent from scoring a touchdown.
Kazeem Alli's 34-yard reception in the fourth quarter was a career long and his first catch of the season.
Dominick Goodman grabbed his sixth touchdown reception of the season in the fourth quarter, a 37-yard catch that notched a season high. He has caught six touchdowns over the last six games and 13 for his career. He is now tied for sixth in UC history with 13 receiving touchdowns. Combined with his 20 yard catch and his 32-yard reception in the third quarter, Goodman now has 14 20+ yard plays on the season.