Nov. 22, 2008
Final Stats |
• Final score: No. 19/20 Cincinnati (9-2, 5-1 BIG EAST) 28, No. 20/19 Pittsburgh 21 (7-3, 3-2 BIG EAST)
• Cincinnati Captains: Dustin Grutza (4), Mike Mickens (21). Pittsburgh: Connor Lee (37), Scott McKillop (40), Rashaad Duncan (50), C.J. Davis (55)
• Cincinnati won the toss and elected to defer. Cincinnati defended the south end zone.
• Attendance: 35,098 – the largest crowd in UC history at Nippert Stadium.
• UC has won all of its three trophy games this season for the first time in school history, defeating Miami (OH) for the Victory Bell, winning at Louisville to bring home the Keg of Nails and earning the River City Rivalry trophy by defeating Pittsburgh.
• The Bearcats snapped a seven game losing streak to Pittsburgh with the win.
• Brian Kelly is now 20-5 at UC, the Bearcats are 7-6-1 overall as a ranked team, and UC has now won four straight games.
• Cincinnati has scored first in nine of 11 games this season, and is 8-1 when scoring first. Pittsburgh scored first against UC, joining Oklahoma as the two opponents this season to score first. The Bearcats are now 1-1 when their opponent scores first.
• UC did not score in the first quarter, only the second time this season that the Bearcats did not put points on the board in the first stanza (52-26 loss at No. 4/4 Oklahoma).
• UC has recovered a fumble in three straight games after Brandon Underwood picked up the loose ball to end the game.
• UC has 24 sacks in the last seven games after recording four in the first three games. UC recorded seven sacks in the game, the most sacks UC has recorded this season (four at West Virginia was previous high).
• UC fumbled on its first kickoff return of the game, the 13th time this season the Bearcats have fumbled for loss. Jake Roger’s 50-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter was blocked, the first time an opponent has blocked a field goal since Marshall’s Ashton Hall on Sept. 22, 2007.
• UC led 14-7 at the half is and is now 7-1 this season when leading at the half.
• UC held Pittsburgh to six yards of total offense in the third quarter and finished the half with 164 yards, racking up 158 total yards in the fourth quarter.
• Mike Mickens, UC’s career leader in interceptions (14) and interception return yards (296), did not play against Pittsburgh, snapping a 46-game streak of consecutive starts.
• Brandon Underwood had his second interception of the season, returning it 45 yards in the fourth quarter – the third longest interception return this season (Mickens 72 vs. Miami (OH) and 58 vs. USF).
• Dominick Goodman has a reception in 31 straight games. His 6-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter gave him 22 career receiving touchdowns, becoming the school’s all-time leader, passing the previous UC career record of 21 touchdowns set by Jim O’Brien from 1967-69. The Bearcats took a 14-7 lead with Goodman’s record-breaking touchdown catch.
• Connor Barwin is the team leader in sacks with 10, ranking third in school history for sacks in a season, with his first sack in four games in the second quarter. He recorded two sacks in the second half, giving him three for the game, the first time this season a UC player has recorded three sacks in a game.
• Tony Pike had three touchdown passes in the game, the second time in his career that he had three touchdown passes in a game and the second time he passed for 300-plus yards in a game. He finished the game 26-of-32 with no interceptions and three touchdowns and rushed for 45 yards.
• Sophomore wide receiver Marcus Barnett’s first touchdown reception of the season came in the second quarter on a 20-yard pass from Tony Pike. It was his 14th career touchdown reception.
• Lamonte Nelms notched his 21st career tackle for loss in the second quarter and recorded another tackle for loss in the third quarter (22).
• Jacob Ramsey scored his second rushing touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run, giving the Bearcats a 27-7 lead.
• Mardy Gilyard and Dominick Goodman each had 100-plus receiving yard games, the second time this season the two receivers have notched 100-plus receiving yards in a game. The duo also tallied 100-plus yards against Eastern Kentucky, becoming the first two to do so since Albert Sweet and Sean Stewart did it on Oct. 16, 1993. Gilyard finished with 110 receiving yards and Goodman tallied 101 receiving yards against Pittsburgh.
• Mardy Gilyard recorded his ninth touchdown reception of the season, a 39-yard touchdown pass from Tony Pike in the third quarter, giving UC a 21-7 advantage.