2011 UC FOOTBALL POSTGAME NOTES
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UC at Syracuse - Nov. 26, 2011

CINCINNATI (8-3, 4-2 BIG EAST) 30, SYRACUSE (5-6, 1-5 BIG EAST) 13

Syracuse, N.Y. - Carrier Dome - 38,159

TEAM NOTES

  • UC Captains: OL Alex Hoffman, RB Isaiah Pead, LB JK Schaffer, DT Derek Wolfe
  • Cincinnati's defense has 34 sacks in its last nine games.
  • Isaiah Pead's 34-yard punt in the second quarter was UC's longest runback of the season.
  • UC's 2-yard TD pass from QB Munchie Legaux to TE Travis Kelce with 2:06 left in the first half snapped a 101:14 scoreless streak, dating back to the fourth quarter of the West Virginia game.
  • UC had 203 yards of total offense in the first half, nearly eclipsing its 225-yard output at Rutgers a week ago.
  • KR Ralph David Abernathy IV's third-quarter-opening kickoff return of 71 was the longest of the season for UC and the Bearcats longest return of any kind since Mardy Gilyard's 99-yard kickoff return against Pittsburgh in 2009.
  • UC moved to +11 on the turnover margin for the 2011 season.
  • UC has doubled its 2010 win total (4).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • With his fourth carry of the game, RB Isaiah Pead became the third UC player all-time to eclipse 3,000 career rushing yards. He joins Reggie Taylor (1983-86/4,242) and DeMarco McCleskey (1998-02/3,487).
  • Pead had his first career punt return in the second quarter, a 34-yard effort, marking UC's longest punt return of the 2011 season.
  • Pead broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second-straight season late in the second quarter. He is the first UC player in 25 seasons (Reggie Taylor/1984-86) to break the 1,000-yard plateau in back-to-back seasons.
  • Pead scored his BIG EAST Conference leading 13th TD of the season on UC's first offensive play of the third quarter, a 24-yard run for the score. He added a 14th in the fourth quarter.
  • Pead added a career-best nine receptions for a career-best 112 receiving yards, including a 69-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. It was Pead's first career 100-yard receiving game.
  • Pead finished with 80 yards and a TD on the ground.
  • He totaled a game high 246 all-purpose yards.
  • Pead has 1,042 rushing yards for the season and 3,071 for his career.
  • QB Jordan Luallen came into the game on UC's first drive of the second quarter. Luallen completed his first career pass, a 9-yarder to WR Kenbrell Thompkins. Luallen was 2-of-2 on the drive for 10 yards and also added 31 rushing yards on four carries.
  • Luallen finished with 77 yards rushing on eight attempts (9.6 ypc) and was 2-of-3 passing for 10 yards.
  • K Tony Miliano got UC on the board with a 27-yard field goal with 9:08 remaining in the first half. He added a 22-yard attempt in the third quarter, and later a career-long tying 48-yarder, giving him 16 made field goals on the season. Miliano is now 7-of-7 on kicks of 20-29 yards in 2011.
  • QB Munchie Legaux completed his first career TD pass, connecting with TE Travis Kelce for a 2-yard score late in the second quarter, which gave UC a 10-6 lead. It was Kelce's second receiving TD of the season.
  • Legaux connected with Pead on a career-long 69-yard pass for a touchdown with 9:13 left in the game.
  • Legaux finished 13-of-22 for 169 yards and 2 TD.
  • KR Ralph David Abernathy IV had a career-long 71-yard kickoff return to open the third quarter.
  • DB Deven Drane led UC with nine tackles, all solo stops.

UPCOMING

  • UC returns home to historic Nippert Stadium on Dec. 3, 2011 to face Connecticut on Senior Day. It will mark UC's first game in Nippert in 71 days (NC State, Sept. 22) after playing two straight home games at Paul Brown Stadium. UC will honor 21 seniors in a pregame ceremony. Kickoff is set for noon with the game being televised on either ESPN or ABC.