Pitt won the toss and elected to receive. Cincinnati defended the north end zone
Dion Lewis became the first UC opponent since Bilal Powell (Louisville) on Oct. 15, 2010 to rush for more than 200 yards and record a 50-plus yard rush (76). His four touchdowns against UC marked back-to-back games that an individual recorded three or more touchdowns in a game against the Bearcats.
Freshman Munchie Legaux, who switched from quarterback to wide receiver earlier in the season, made his first start at wide receiver against Pittsburgh. Leagaux recorded his first career reception in the third quarter, gaining 18 yards.
Jason Kelce finished his career at UC with 30 consecutive starts while Armon Binns finished with 25 consecutive starts.
Isaiah Pead eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing plateau on the season with a 3-yard rush in the second quarter. He became UC’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Richard Hall finished with 1,012 rushing yards in 2004.
With Pead reaching 1,000-yards against Pitt and Armon Binns recording 1,000 yards against Connecticut, the two became the first duo since 2004 to record 1,000 yards receiving and rushing in a season (last was Richard Hall, 1012 rushing yards and Hannibal Thomas with 1,028 receiving yards). It is only the third time in school history the feat has been achieved.
Armon Binns’ first catch of the game came in the second quarter, giving him a reception in 25 straight games.
Cincinnati has had a 3,000 yard passer, 1,000 yard rusher and 1,000 yard receiver once in school history, in 2002. Gino Guidugli passed for 3,543 yards, DeMarco McCleskey rushed for 1,361 yards, and Jon Olinger finished with 1,114 yards receiving that season. Zach Collaros was 98 passing yards shy of hitting 3,000 yards this season (2,902) while Binns finished with 1,101 receiving yards and Pead had 1,029 rushing yards this year.
Zach Collaros tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Anthony McClung in the second quarter pushing his season total to 26 touchdowns which ties for third in school history. Collaros’ career total of 36 touchdown passes ranks fifth. His 2,902 passing yards this season ranks fourth.
Collaros finished the game 12-of-24 with 109 yards passing, a career low. He threw three interceptions, giving him seven interceptions in his last two games – one less than UC recorded in 2009.
In the third quarter, Cameron Cheatham recorded his first career interception.
Walter Stewart recorded his first fumble recovery of the season in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with four tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
JK Schaffer had a team-high 10 tackles, the fourth double digit tackle game he has had this season. He pushed his season total to 111 tackles.
Anthony McClung finished with a team-high 44 receiving yards on four receptions. He recorded a season and career-long 26-yard reception in the first quarter.
Pitt Game Notes Pitt at Cincinnati Dec. 4, 2010
Captains for the season are: #31 DB Dom DeCicco, #77 OL Jason Pinkston and #97 DL Jabaal Sheard.
DL Myles Caragein’s forced fumble in the first quarter marks his first of the season and his second career. LB Max Gruder recovered the ball for his second recovery of the year and third career.
RB Dion Lewis’ four rushing TDs on the day gives him 12 on the year and 29 career.
Lewis’ 76-yard TD on the first play of the second quarter marks his second-longest career TD (85-yard TD at Buffalo on Sept. 12, 2009).
Lewis’ 261 yards rushing is a career high for the sophomore and his first career 200-yard game. Also, his four rushing TDs marks his career high for a game. His previous high was three last year vs. Cincinnati.
With his 261 yards rushing on the day, Lewis moves into second place in rushing yardage through a freshman and sophomore season with 2,755 yards, trailing only LeSean McCoy (2,816 yards 2007-08). Lewis surpassed Tony Dorsett’s mark of 2,690 yards in 1973-74.
Lewis moves ahead of Curtis Martin (2,748 yards from 1974-77) on the all-time rushing list into seventh place with today’s performance. He finishes the day with 2,755 career yards.
RB Dion Lewis’ 261 yards today against Cincinnati and RB Ray Graham’s 277 against FIU gives Pitt its first two 200-yard rushing performances in a season since Kevan Barlow recorded 209 yards on the ground against Boston College on Oct. 21, 2000 and 272 yards rushing against West Virginia on Nov. 24, 2000.
The last time two different Pitt players rushed for 200-plus yards in the same season was 1994 when Curtis Martin rushed for 251 yards against Texas on Sept. 3, 1994 and Billy West followed it up the next week with a 226-yard performance against Ohio on Sept. 10, 1994.
LB Max Gruder’s first quarter interception on the Pitt 16-yard line marks the first of career.
DB Dom DeCicco’s two interceptions in the fourth quarter are his fourth and fifth interceptions of the season and give him 12 for his career.
DL Chas Alecxih tied his career high in tackles with eight on the day. He also recorded eight against West Virginia and Connecticut this season.
The Pitt defense again held an individual opposing rusher to under 100 yards. Isaiah Pead was held to 95 yards rushing on the day. The only Pitt opposing player to rush for 100-plus yards was Jordan Todman of Connecticut (222 yards rushing).