Bearcats Win The Keg of Nails 35-27

With a career high five touchdown passes, University of Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros guided the Bearcats to a 35-27 victory over rival Louisville and retained the Keg of Nails for a third straight season.

Out of Collaros five touchdowns were three to senior wide receiver Armon Binns as the Bearcats battled an improved Cardinals team.

However, the victory was not a clear cut mistake free affair as Collaros threw two interceptions and the Bearcats fumbled on another drive. Overall the Bearcats went toe-to-toe with the Cardinals making more big plays then their I-71 rival.

Isaiah Pead had another big day with 21-carries for 145 yards, but all talk centered around senior wide receiver Armon Binns who pulled down 8 balls for 175 yards and 3 touchdowns and junior wide receiver D.J. Woods. Woods would would be forced out of the game with a concussion after pulling down 2 balls for 61 yards and 2 scores. It was on Woods second touchdown that the Cardinals dealt the blow that knocked the standout receiver out of the game.

The Bearcats saw more shuffling to their offensive line in this game as sophomore Sean Hooey make his first career replacing an injured Alex Hoffman. Hooey would be tested early and often against one of the Big East top defensive ends, Greg Scruggs. The Michigan native responded with a solid night at the right tackle spot holding Scruggs to only three total tackles.

However, the Bearcats had their struggles on the defense as Louisville running back Bilal Powell averaged 8.7 yards per carry on 24 carries for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns.

One standout for the Bearcats defense was Reuben Johnson who totaled 11 total tackles (9 solos). He was joined by Walter Stewart and JK Schaffer at the top of the defensive stat list.

The victory moves the Bearcats to 3-3 (1-0 Big East) as they return to Nippert Stadium for another Friday night television game against South Florida.

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