Cincinnati 49, Illinois 36 Postgame Notes

Nov. 27, 2009


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No. 5/5 Cincinnati vs. Illinois – 11/27/09
Nippert Stadium – Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 35,106


•    Game Captains: Cincinnati: Mike Windt (93), Charley Howard (87) Illinois: Jon Asamoah (52), Ian Thomas (38), Arrelious Benn (9), Doug Pilcher (95)

•    Illinois won the toss and deferred. Illinois defended the south end zone. 

•    UC is now 19-7-1 all-time when ranked.

•    UC has won 12 straight games at Nippert Stadium, two straight seasons of undefeated play at home.

•    Cincinnati has won 17-straight regular-season games and 16 straight games at home against non-conference opponents.

•    UC has set a new school record with its 11-0 record.

•    UC’s crowd of 35,106 is the largest crowd in Nippert Stadium history, surpassing the previous high of 35,105 set against West Virginia (11/13/09).

•    Illinois won the time of possession battle, 36:19 to UC’s 21:41.

•    Illinois got on the scoreboard first with a 21 yard touchdown pass from Juice Williams to Fred Sykes. It is only the second time this season that a UC opponent has scored first (Oregon State, 46-yard field goal).

•    UC now has 433 points on the season, ranking second in school history. The Bearcats now have 56 touchdowns this season, which is also second in school history.

•    UC finished the game without a sack, the first time since the Syracuse game (Oct. 31, 2009) that the Bearcats did not have a sack.

•    For the third straight game the Bearcats recovered an opponent’s onside kick attempt, this time by Brad Jones.

•    Illinois had 476 total offense yards to UC’s 420. The last time an opponent had more total yards than UC was against Fresno State on Sept. 26, 2009. The Bulldogs had 443 total yards to UC’s 357.

•    UC led 35-20 at the half, the fourth time this season the Bearcats scored 30 or more points in the first half (31 at Rutgers, 49 vs. Southeast Missouri State, 30 vs. Connecticut).

•    UC did not attempt a field goal against Illinois, the first time the Bearcats did not attempt a field goal since Fresno State on Sept. 26, 2009.

•    Cincinnati had 21 rushing yards for the game, its lowest output since recording 30 rushing yards at Connecticut on Oct. 25, 2008.

•    UC did not record a rushing touchdown, only the second time this season that the Bearcats did not score a rushing TD (at Syracuse, Oct. 31, 2009).

•    Mardy Gilyard had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, his third career kickoff return for a touchdown – putting him in sole possession of UC’s school record. The last player to return a kickoff for a touchdown was Darrin Williams, against Southeast Missouri State (100 yards) on Sept. 12, 2009.

•    Senior quarterback Tony Pike made his first start since USF on Oct. 15, 2009. 

•    Pike’s first seven passes over the last two games resulted in three touchdowns (two vs. West Virginia, one vs. Illinois). He was 4-for-7 in the process and has thrown a touchdown pass in each of his appearances this season (eight).

•    Pike scrambled left and threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Ben Guidugli on UC’s second offensive possession. The play resulted in Guidugli’s second touchdown of the season and his career long reception. Pike’s 59-yard pass to Guidugli was also a season-high.

•    Guidugli matched his season-high three receptions in the first quarter. He set a career-high four plays later (four receptions) and had his first career 100-yard receiving game, all in the first quarter. He finished the game with seven receptions and 149 yards.

•    DJ Woods caught a 6-yard touchdown pass, his second straight game with a touchdown reception and the third of his career.

•    Guidugli caught back-to-back passes from Pike, one for 40-yards and one a 2-yard touchdown catch, to put UC up 28-7 at the start of the second quarter. It was the first time Guidugli had two touchdown receptions in a game and gave him three touchdowns on the season.

•    John Goebel caught his first pass of 2009, an 11-yard reception. He had a season long 8-yard carry in the fourth quarter and surpassed his season total of 10 yards on his next carry. He finished with 23 rushing yards on five carries.

•    Mardy Gilyard has a reception in 16 straight games and recorded his first touchdown reception since Louisville (Oct. 24, 2009) in the second quarter, an 11-yard catch from Pike. With the touchdown reception he became the school leader in career touchdown receptions, passing Dominick Goodman’s 22.

•    JK Shaffer has four straight games with eight or more tackles and recorded a career-high 14 tackles against the Illini.

•    Wes Richardson filled in for an injured Drew Frey and finished with a career-high six tackles.

•    Mardy Gilyard caught a 45-yard pass from Pike in the third quarter, setting up a 10-yard touchdown pass from Pike to Armon Binns and giving UC a 42-20 advantage. Pike’s fifth touchdown pass of the game matched the UC record of five touchdown passes, set by Gino Guidugli in 2004 against Southern Mississippi. It was Binns’ ninth touchdown reception of the season.

•    Gilyard’s one-hand, 21-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was his second touchdown reception of the game and Pike’s sixth touchdown pass, setting a new school record for touchdown passes in a game. Gilyard reached the 100-yard receiving mark for the fourth time this season and took over sole possession of fourth place in school history with 10 touchdown receptions in a season and has 24 career touchdown receptions, a school record. 

•    Pike left the game in the fourth quarter and finished 32-of-46 with 399 passing yards. His 32 completions is the second most in school history and 399 yards tied him for sixth in school history with Danny McCoin (vs. Miami (OH) in 1987).

•    Curtis Young had eight tackles, the most he has recorded since tallying 11 against Rutgers on Sept. 7, 2009.

•    On the first offensive drive of the game, senior quarterback Juice Williams became the first Illini player only the sixth in Big Ten history to surpass 10,000 yards of total offense. Williams had 349 total yards (season-high 282 passing and 67 rushing) in the game and now has 10,327 yards in his career.

•    Williams had his best game of the season, completing 21-of-24 passes (61.7 percent) for 282 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, plus he ran for 67 yards and another touchdown on the ground. With his 349 total yards today, Williams moved up to fifth on the Big Ten’s career total yardage list, passing Iowa’s Chuck long (10,254).

•    Williams threw the 51st, 52nd and 53rd touchdown passes of his career against the Bearcats. He threw two to sophomore wide receiver Fred Sykes, a 21-yarder in the first quarter and a seven-yarder in the fourth quarter, and 19-yarder to senior receiver Chris Duvalt in the second quarter. With one game remaining, Williams is two touchdown passes behind Jack Trudeau for second on the UI career list.

•    Williams’ 67 rushing yards moved him past 2,500 yards for his career. He finished the game with 2,501 career yards on the ground and moved past Howard Griffith (2,485) for eighth on the UI career-rushing list. Williams is within striking distance of both Rashard Mendenhall (2,539) and Pierre Thomas (2,545) for sixth on the list with one game remaining.

•    Illinois outgained the Cincinnati offense 476-420, marking just the second time this season the Bearcats were outgained (Fresno State on 9/26). UC entered the game with the third-best offense in the nation in terms of total yards (478 ypg).

•    Junior wide receiver Arrelious Benn had 64 all-purpose yards (59 receiving, five rushing) to move past Thomas Rooks and into fourth on the UI career all-purpose yardage list. Benn now has 3,526 career yards, to move past Rooks’ total of 3,501.

•    Sophomore kicker Derek Dimke was a perfect 3-of-3 on field goals with makes of 39, 48 and 30. He is now 4-of-4 since earning the job against Northwestern.

•    The Illinois defense held Cincinnati to just 21 yards rushing, the Bearcat’s lowest total on the ground this season. It marks the lowest rushing total by an Illini opponent since allowing 15 yards to San Jose State on Sept. 10, 2005.

•    Senior wide receiver Chris Duvalt caught a career best six passes for a career-high 94 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown, his third of the year and seventh of his career.

•    Junior receiver Jarred Fayson had a career-high 67 receiving yards on two catches. He had a career-long 55-yard reception in the fourth quarter.

•    Freshman cornerback Terry Hawthorne had a career-best three passes broken-up.