Cincinnati-North Carolina Postgame Notes

Dec. 28, 2013

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DEC. 28, 2013

CAPTAINS:  #6 Anthony McClung, #25 Arryn Chenault, #86 Blake Annen, #94 Jordan Stepp
CINCINNATI FLAG: #96 Josh Posley
RECORDS: Cincinnati (9-4), North Carolina (7-4)
COIN TOSS: Cincinnati wins and defers. North Carolina will receive and defend the west end zone.


  • With injuries on the offensive line, UC started LT Eric Lefeld, LG Andre Cureton, C Deyshawn Bond, RG Parker Ehinger and RT Cory Keebler. Keebler made his first career start. Normal starters RG Austen Bujnoch and LG Sam Longo missed the game due to injuries.
  • With WR Shaq Washington taking snaps at QB, UC has had six players (Munchie Legaux, Brendon Kay, Jordan Luallen, Bennie Coney, Michael Colosimo, Washington) take at least one snap under center this season.
  • On its 17th offensive play, UC went over 30 yards for the game, setting the single-season record for total offense, surpassing the mark of 5,788 yards set in 2009.
  • UC finished the season with 6,137 yards of total offense, the first team in UC history to achieve that feat. UC was the 21st team nationally to hit that mark.
  • UC was held scoreless in the first quarter for the eighth time in 2013 with the 16-0 UNC lead being the largest deficit the Bearcats have faced after the opening 20 minutes.
  • The last time UC faced a 16-point first-quarter margin was in the 2012 Belk Bowl against Duke. The Bearcats rattled off 27 straight points in that game and earned an eventual 48-34 victory over the Blue Devils.
  • With RDAIV's rushing TD in the third quarter, UC has scored via the rush in 12 of 13 games in 2013 and in 34 of the team's last 39 games.


  • WR Shaq Washington (5-9) took snaps as wildcat QB and with RB Ralph David Abernathy IV (5-7) in the backfield with him; UC had one of the few backfields in the country under six feet.
  • Washington had a career-long 52-yard run in the third quarter. It set up his first career rushing TD, a 10-yard dash up the middle, making Washington the second player on UC's roster, along with QB Brendon Kay, to have scored a TD by rushing, passing and receiving.
  • Washington rushed three times for an average of 16.8 yards per carry, totaling 67 yards rushing and a TD along with three catches for 36 yards. He finished the year with 78 catches, the fifth-best effort in school history.
  • Kay completed 15 passes, giving him 262 on the season, setting UC's single-season record, surpassing the mark of 258, set by Gino Guidugli, set in 2002.
  • Kay was 15-of-35 for 181 yards. He finished the season with 3,302 passing yards, the second best mark in school history. His .654 career completion percentage tops the UC record book.
  • K Tony Miliano hit a 34-yard field goal to open the second quarter. He is 3-for-4 all-time in the Belk Bowl. He has seven career field goal attempt in a bowl game, setting the UC individual record.
  • RB Ralph David Abernathy IV scored UC's first offensive TD in the third quarter on a 15-yard scamper up the middle. It was his fifth rushing TD of the season and eighth for his career.
  • Abernathy rushed 13 times for 67 yards and a score, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.
  • RB Rob Rice forced a fumble on UNC kickoff in the third quarter and CB Leviticus Payne got the recovery, giving UC the ball on the UNC 13-yard line. It was the first career force and recovery for both players.
  • S Zach Edwards and LB Greg Blair both led the team with 10 tackles.
  • Edwards, who had double-digit tackles for the second time in his career, finished with a career high three pass break ups.
  • Blair finished with 106 tackles, his second straight year breaking the 100-tackles plateau.
  • DE Silverberry Mouhon had a pair of tackles for a loss, giving him 12.5 for the year.