UC - WVU Postgame Notes
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Nov. 12, 2011

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POSTGAME NOTES
West Virginia 24, Cincinnati 21
Nov. 12, 2011 – Paul Brown Stadium - Cincinnati, Ohio
48,152

CINCINNATI NOTES

TEAM NOTES

  • Cincinnati Game Captains: Zach Collaros, J.K. Schaffer, Drew Frey and Randy Martinez.
  • West Virginia Game Captains: Keith Tandy, Geno Smith, Najee Goode, Don Barclay.
  • Cincinnati won the toss and deferred. West Virginia will receive and defend the south goal.
  • Saturday’s attendance of 48,152 at Paul Brown Stadium marked the highest attendance figure for a Cincinnati home BIG EAST conference game. It also was the third-highest number for any UC home game in school history behind Ohio State (66,319) on Sept. 21, 2002 and Oklahoma (58,253) on Sept. 25, 2010.
  • Cincinnati wore red pants as part of its uniform for the first time since 1993.
  • West Virginia leads the all-time series 16-3-1, including an 8-1 mark in Cincinnati.
  • Cincinnati is 1-3 all-time at Paul Brown Stadium, home to the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals. The Bearcats earned a 25-16 victory over Louisville on Oct. 15. UC also dropped a 31-29 thriller to then-No. 8 Oklahoma on Sept. 25, 2010 and a 23-19 decision to then-No. 6 Ohio State on Sept. 25, 2010.
  • Cincinnati sees its six-game win streak come to a close as well as its three-game win streak at NFL stadiums.
  • With five sacks against West Virginia, the Bearcat defense has tallied 27 sacks in their last six games. UC entered the day with 3.25 sacks per game, eighth in the NCAA FBS.
  • The Bearcats defense registered a season-high 18 tackles for loss against the Mountaineers. UC entered the game averaging 8.1 TFL, ranking fifth in the nation.
  • The Bearcats’ six points in the first half were their fewest before intermission since leading Miami (Ohio) 6-0 at halftime on Oct. 1.  
  • UPCOMING GAMES: UC travels to Rutgers Nov. 19. Game time will be announced on Nov. 12. The Bearcats play at Syracuse on Nov. 19 before playing their regular-season finale at home against Connecticut on Dec. 3.

SCORING DRIVES

  • Cincinnati took a quick 7-0 lead when running back Isaiah Pead ran 40 yards for a touchdown at 13:09 in the first quarter. Pead has run for a score in seven of eight games this season.  
  • West Virginia answered when quarterback Geno Smith found receiver Stedman Bailey for a 59-yard touchdown reception to tie the score at 7-7 at 11:37 in the first quarter. It marked the second-longest passing touchdown allowed by the Bearcat defense this season. UC gave up an 87-yard passing touchdown to N.C. State (Sept. 22).
  • The Mountaineers took their first lead of the game when Tyler Bitancurt connected on a 28-yard field goal at 9:35 in the second quarter.
  • West Virginia defensive tackle Julian Miller recovered a fumble by UC quarterback Zach Collaros in the endzone to give the Mountaineers a 17-7 advantage at 8:11 in the second quarter. Collaros was injured on the play.
  • UC quarterback Munchie Legaux recorded his second-career rushing touchdown when he ran seven yards for a score to pull the Bearcats within 17-14 at 4:25 remaining in the third quarter.
  • Pead helped UC regain the lead at 21-17 when he ran for a 10-yard touchdown at 13:20 in the fourth quarter. The score was his 25th career rushing touchdown, fourth-most all-time at UC.
  • West Virginia took a 24-21 advantage at 8:52 in the fourth quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by Shawne Austin.  
  • UC’s Tony Miliano had his 31-yard field goal attempt with three seconds remaining in the game blocked by WVU’s Eain Smith.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Running back Isaiah Pead ran 19 times for 113 yards with two rushing touchdowns. He also posted five receptions for 67 yards.
    • Became only the third Bearcat in school history to surpass 3,000 career rushing yards, having now compiled 3,095 yards to rank third all-time.
    • Took sole possession of fourth place in school history with 25 career rushing touchdowns.  
    • Ranks sixth at UC in career 100-yard rushing games with 10. Has recorded five 100-yard rushing games this season.
    • Moved into 10th place for career rushing attempts with 463. He passes Richard Hall (2002-04) who compiled 454.
    • Has compiled 444 rushing yards on 60 carries for three touchdowns (7.4 yards per carry) in three career games at Paul Brown Stadium. He ran 21 times for 145 yards against Louisville on Oct. 15 this season and 21 times for 169 yards against Oklahoma last year at PBS.
  • Quarterback Zach Collaros completed 7-of-11 pass attempts for 70 yards. He also ran four times for 12 yards. He injured his right leg at 8:22 in the second quarter while trying to elude a West Virginia tackler in the end zone.   
    • Currently ranks second in career touchdown passes (50), fourth in career passing yards (6,198) and career pass completions (473) and fifth in career pass attempts (754).
  • Wide receiver DJ Woods caught two passes for 27 yards against West Virginia. He moved into fifth place on the UC career receiving yards list with 2,103 yards.
  • Backup quarterback Munchie Legaux ran eight times for 77 yards and one touchdown. He completed 10-of-21 passes for 144 passing yards.
    • Registered his second career rushing touchdown with a seven-yard score at 4:25 in the third quarter.
    • Entered the WVU game with seven pass attempts and eight rushes on the season.
  • Wide receiver Alex Chisum made his first career start, recording one reception for 13 yards.
  • Defensive lineman John Hughes blocked a 39-yard Tyler Bitancurt field goal attempt in the third quarter. It was the first blocked kick by the UC defense this season. Hughes also posted a career-high two sacks against the Mountaineers.
  • Five Bearcats recorded multiple tackles for loss against WVU. Linemen Walter Stewart and Dan Giordano set career highs with three TFL, while Derek Wolfe (3), JK Schaeffer (3) and John Hughes (2) tied their career-high marks.
  • Walter Stewart tied a career-high with 2.5 sacks.