Postgame Notes - Pittsburgh - Dec. 5, 2009

Dec. 5, 2009

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No. 5 Cincinnati at No. 14/15 Pittsburgh – 12/5/09

Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, Pa.



·         The Bearcats earned their second consecutive BIG EAST Conference Championship with a dramatic 45-44 victory over Pittsburgh in Heinz Field.

  • The win gives the Bearcats 12 victories overall and six on the road, both school records. UC has not finished undefeated on the road since 1958 (2-0-1).
  • It is UC’s first undefeated season in the modern era. The Bearcats were 3-0-2 in 1918, 1-0-1 in 1888, 1-0 in 1887, 2-0 in 1886, and 1-0-1 in 1885.

·         Cincinnati has won 18-straight regular-season games.

·         UC is now 20-7-1 all-time when ranked.

·         UC now has 495 points on the season, the most in school history.

·         The Bearcats now have 62 touchdowns this season, one behind the all-time mark of 63 in 2007.

·         UC surpassed its overall rushing total against Illinois (21 yards) on one carry by Isaiah Pead in the first quarter. Pead scampered for 40 yards.

·         UC went down 31-10 with 1:26 left in the first half, UC’s largest deficit of the season.

·         UC’s Aaron Webster grabbed the team’s first interception in three games just before halftime.

·         UC had a punt blocked for the first time since facing Pitt at Nippert Stadium last year.

·         Pittsburgh’s 31 first-half points were the most allowed by UC in a first half this season (20 vs. Illinois) and the second-most allowed in any half this year (35 second half vs. Connecticut).

·         The UC offensive line surrendered a sack early in the third quarter, its first sack given up in four and-a-half games or 30 quarters.

·         UC’s defense recorded a sack for the ninth time in 12 games.

·         UC’s defense had multiple interceptions for the fifth time this season. The last time UC had multiple picks in a game was at USD on Oct. 15.

·         After giving up 31 points and 232 yards of offense to Pittsburgh in the first half, UC’s defense allowed the Panthers 137 yards and 13 points the rest of the game.




·         Jacob Ramsey returned to the starting lineup after missing two games with a foot injury.

·         Alex Daniels wore No. 49 instead of his usual No. 4 in memory of his uncle who passed away this week at the age of 49.

·         Ramsey scored on UC’s second drive, a 2-yard run, in the first quarter. It was his first TD since the Miami (OH) contest on Oct. 3, a span of six games. It was Ramsey’s fourth TD of the season and the ninth of his career.

·         Armon Binns had a 31-yard gain in the second quarter, the 12th-straight game he has caught a pass. He finished with five receptions for 104-yards and the game-winning touchdown with 33 second left in regulation.

·         Mardy Gilyard had a 25-reception from Pike in the second quarter, his 17th-straight game with a reception.

·         Gilyard had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter, his second kickoff return TD is as many games and fourth of his career. Gilyard tied Syracuse’s Kevin Johnson for the BIG EAST career record with four. He tied the school and BIG EAST records for most KOR TDs in a season with two.

·         Gilyard also broke his own single-season UC record for kickoff return yardage. He has 1,074 yards, eclipsing his mark of 994 tallied last season.

·         Gilyard had a 68-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, adding to his school-record career total which sits at 25. It was his 11th TD reception of the season, tying himself for third on the single-season chart.

·         Gilyard has 1,150 receiving yards in 2009, good for second all-time on the single-season charts, behind himself (1,276/2008).

·         Since Pike’s return, Gilyard has 12 catches for 220 yards and 3 TDs.

·         Tony Pike had a pass intercepted early in the second quarter, snapping a streak of 106 attempts without an interception.

·         Pike finished 22-for-44 for 302 yards, three TD passes, and three interceptions. He has thrown for over 300 yards seven times in his career. Pike has thrown a touchdown pass in 17-straight starts.

·         Aaron Webster had an interception in the second quarter, his team-leading fourth of the season and sixth of his career.

·         Andre Revels had seven tackles on the day, giving him 103 for the season. He’s the first UC defender to top the 100-tackle plateau since Jamar Enzor (137) in 2003.

·         JK Schaffer recorded a sack in the third quarter, his second of the season and his career.

·         Dominique Battle intercepted a pass on the first play of the fourth quarter, the first of his career.