Cincinnati vs. USF Postgame Notes

Nov. 23, 2012

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Nov. 23, 2012
Cincinnati 27, USF 10
Nov. 23, 2012 - Nippert Stadium - Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 21,171

• Cincinnati Game Captains: Walter Stewart, Travis Kelce, Camerron Cheatham and Dan Giordano. Maalik Bomar carried the City of Cincinnati flag as the team entered the field prior to kickoff.
• USF Game Captains: Victor Marc, Danous Estenor, Cory Grissom and Sam Barrington.
• Cincinnati won the toss and elected to defer. The Bearcats defend the north goal.
• Cincinnati leads the all-time series 7-3. The Bearcats have a 4-1 advantage over the Bulls in the Queen City.  UC overcame a 10-point deficit to win 27-24 in Tampa a year ago behind a 2-yard TD run with 12 seconds left in the game from QB Zach Collaros.
• UC honored 24 seniors in a pregame ceremony. The class of 2012 includes: DB Dominique Battle, LB Maalik Bomar, DB Camerron Cheatham, RB Adam Fearing, DB Drew Frey, DL Dan Giordano, OL Sean Hooey, DB Bruce Horner, WR Damon Julian, QB Brendon Kay, TE Travis Kelce, DB Pat Lambert, LB Colin Lozier, OL Sean McClellan, WR Danny Milligan, DL Brandon Mills, DB Malcolm Murray, TE Demetrius Richardson, DB Aaron Roberson, DL Walter Stewart, WR Kenbrell Thompkins, DB Chris Williams, DL John Williams and RB George Winn.
• Brendon Kay’s first quarter rushing score ended an 82 minute and 10 second touchdown drought for the Bearcats.  The last time UC reached the end zone was at the 14:39 mark of the third quarter at Temple on Nov. 10.
• The Bearcats shut out their opponent in the first half for the third time this season.  Cincinnati also held Pittsburgh and Delaware State scoreless in the first two quarters.   
• The third Cincinnati scoring drive of the game was the team’s seventh of the season that spanned less than a minute. It is the third time this season that the Bearcats have had two scoring drives under 60 seconds.
• The Bulls’ touchdown with 7:19 remaining in the game was the first yielded by the UC defense in 88:54.  The Bearcats had not given up a touchdown since the 6:13 mark of the second quarter against Rutgers on Nov. 17.
• The game against USF represented the third consecutive game that the Bearcats did not fumble the football.  It also is the fifth game in which UC did not commit a turnover (Temple, Fordham, Miami (Ohio), Pittsburgh).
• The Cincinnati defense forced three fumbles during the game, the most it has caused this season and the most since Sept. 3, 2011 in the season-opener against Austin Peay.
• UC has registered at least 425 yards of total offense in eight of its 11 games this year.

NEXT UC GAME: The Bearcats close out the 2012 regular season when they play at Connecticut on Saturday, Dec. 1. The game will be aired on the ABC family of networks and the time is still TBA.

• P Pat O'Donnell uncorked a 65-yard punt in the first quarter that flipped the field and pinned USF inside its own five-yard line. The punt was the longest of the year for the junior. The punt led to a USF fumble and an 18-yard TD run by QB Brendon Kay.
• O’Donnell booted two punts of 50+ yards and pinned USF inside their own 20-yard line four times.  It marks the second time this season he has achieved both feats, each last coming against Virginia Tech on Sept. 29.     
• Senior Dan Giordano recovered a fumble in the first quarter for his second fumble recovery of the season and the third of his career.  Dominique Battle was the other Bearcat to pick up a fumble, marking the first fumble recovery of his career.
• Travis Kelce’s fifth reception of the game gave him 507 receiving yards for the season, marking the most single-season receiving yards by a Cincinnati tight end.  He entered the game in third, passing Brent Celek (2006, 481 yards) and Joe Koynock (1990, 496 yards).
Greg Blair recorded 14 tackles in the game.  It was his seventh game with 10 or more tackles this season. His 115 tackles this season mark the fourth-straight year a UC defender has tallied 100 or more stops.
Travis Kelce had seven receptions, which marks his career-high for single-game receiving.  Kelce set a new career-best mark in receptions for the second-straight week, surpassing his five catches hauled in last week against Rutgers.
George Winn achieved the fifth 100-yard rushing and fifth multi-touchdown game this season and of his career with 119 yards and two touchdowns against USF.
George Winn has 1,134 rushing yards in 2012, the 15th individual in school in school history to surpass 1,000 yards.  
Adrian Witty recorded two sacks in the game.  The sophomore entered the contest with one career sack.   
Brendon Kay matched his career-best mark of 17 completions set last week against Rutgers.

• Cincinnati grabbed a 7-0 lead with 6:50 remaining in the first quarter when quarterback Brendon Kay ran for 18 yards.  The scoring drive went 2 plays and 34 seconds.  The Bearcats were set up by a USF fumble in the red zone recovered by Dan Giordano.  
• The Bearcats extended the lead to 13-0 on a 3-yard pass from Kay to Travis Kelce.  The extra point was no good.  Cincinnati drove 11 plays for 81 yards and a time of possession of 3:50.
• USF got on the board in the third quarter with a 25-yard field goal by Maikon Bonani.  The drive went for 10 plays, 65 yards and 4 minutes and 56 seconds.
• The Bearcats went 51 yards on two plays, encompassing 30 seconds, to push the lead to 20-3.  The first play, 48-yard pass from Kay to Kembrell Thompkins, set up the touchdown, a 3-yard rush by George Winn.  
• Winn rushed for four yards to bring the score to 27-3 with 11:31 left in the game.  The scoring drive went for six plays, 66 yards and lapsed 2:39.  
• USF scored its first touchdown of the night with 7:19 remaining in the game on  a 5-yard run from Demetris Murray.  The drive was a 12 play, 73-yard score that took up 4 minutes and 46 seconds and brought the score to 27-10.