Cincinnati scored a field goal on its opening drive of the game, snapping a three-quarter scoreless streak at High Point Solutions Stadium.
During the first half, UC ran two WR passes, a surprise onside kick and fake punt.
UC had an interception on Rutgers’ first offensive play, the 11th of the year for the Bearcats.
UC scored on its first two drives, tallying 10 points, surpassing its combined six-point total from the previous two games against the Scarlet Knights.
The 66-yard hookup from QB Brendon Kay to WR McKale McKay for a TD was the longest passing play of the season for UC.
UC’s 24 first-quarter points were its most of the 2013 season, passing Northwestern State (14) and the most for a UC team since scoring 28 in the first quarter against Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 9, 2010.
UC recovered a surprise onside kick (Max Morrison) near the end of the first quarter, its second onside recovery of the season.
UC had a receiver with 100 yards (Anthony McClung) for the first time in 2013.
UC had two receivers with 100 yards (McClung & Shaq Washington) for the first time since the 2012 Belk Bowl.
UC had three receivers with 100 or more yards – McClung (115), Washington (123) and McKay (124) - for the first time since Barnett (174), Binns (158) and Woods (137) did it against USF on Oct. 22, 2010.
UC had a rushing TD for the seventh time in 10 games and 31st time in 36 games.
UC had 422 yards of total offense in the first half, the team’s most since ringing up 457 yards against UConn on Nov. 7, 2009.
The 35-point margin of victory for UC was its biggest in the all-time series. The previous biggest margin against Rutgers was 32 (47-15 UC win in 2009)
UC’s 52 points were its most scored in a conference game since tallying 69 points against Rutgers on Nov. 20, 2010.
UC’s 619 total yards is the fifth-highest total in school history and the 507 passing yards is the third-best single-game effort in the Bearcats record book.
K Tony Miliano opened up the scoring with a 30-yard field goal on Cincinnati’s first drive. It was his fourth made field goal of the season (4-for-9) and first in the past three games.
CB Leviticus Payne intercepted a pass on Rutgers’ first place from scrimmage. It was the first pick of his career.
QB Brendon Kay had a reception on a pass from WR Shaq Washington for a gain of 12 yards on UC’s second drive of the game. It was Kay’s first of the season and third of his career and Washington’s first career completion.
Washington was the sixth player of the season (5 quarterbacks, 1 WR) to complete a pass for UC joining (Kay, Legaux, Luallen, Coney and Colosimo).
Kay completed a 24-yard pass over the middle to WR Mekale McKay on UC’s next play. It was McKay’s fifth TD reception of the year.
McKay set a career high with 124 yards receiving and three TDs. He had TD grabs of 24, 66 and 34 yards, two from Kay and one from Luallen. He is the first UC player to catch three TDs in a game since Armon Binns did it at Louisville on Oct. 15, 2010.
All seven of McKay’s TDs this season have come on throws of 15 yards or more (40, 22, 15, 62, 24, 66, 34). Entering the game, he was averaging 27.8 yards per catch, which would lead the country, but McKay does not meet the statistical requirement (2.0 receptions per game).
Washington, a former HS QB, completed his second career pass to WR Chris Moore with :30 left in the opening quarter for a 28-yard TD. The play was a double reverse from RB Hosey Williams to Washington who rolled to the right and threw to a wide-open Moore. It was Moore’s sixth TD reception of the season and eighth of his career.
Washington hauled in a 41-yard pass from Kay for a TD in the second quarter, his first career receiving score.
Washington also finished with a career-high xxx receiving yards, his first career 100-yard game.
Moore added his seventh TD catch of a season a 14-yarder from Kay in the third quarter.
P John Lloyd rushed 14 yards on a fake punt to pick up a first down. It was his first career carry.
WR Anthony McClung has six receptions for 100 yards in the first quarter. It was his first of the season and third career 100-yard game. He finished with seven catches for 115 yards.
QB Jordan Luallen had a 9-yard rushing TD in the second quarter. It was his third TD on the ground this season and fifth of his career. Luallen had a 34-yard heave that McKay hauled in for a TD. It was his second career TD pass.
Kay finished 24-of-38 for a career high 405 yards and four touchdowns. His previous best was 332 yards vs. Duke in the 2012 Belk Bowl. He had four TD passes for the third time this season and fourth time of his career. The last UC player to throw for over 400 yards in a game was Zach Collaros against USF on Oct. 22, 2010.
Kay’s 400-yard passing game was the seventh in school history.
LB Greg Blair led the way defensively with 10 tackles, his third double-digit tackle game of the season.