Mistakes Derail Bearcats

With their high-powered passing offense working on all cylinders, Cincinnati allowed mistakes to derail their chances of securing their second conference victory of the season. What went wrong?

With three receivers posting over 130 yards, Cincinnati looked to out offense South Florida on Friday night for their second Big East victory on the season. But while Armon Binns, Marcus Barnett, and DJ Woods, would each have great nights, penalties, sacks, and other on field mistakes, gave the Bulls the opening needed for a 38-30 victory.

Bearcats quarterback Zach Collaros passed for 463 yards and 3 touchdowns on the night, but was not on the field on the last drive of the game that could have gave the Bearcats the points needed to tie the game. On the night the junior signal caller was sacked three times and also held onto the ball too long hurting the offense with loss yardage.

While the passing game was running on all cylinders, the lack of a solid running attack placed the Bearcats in positions where the Bulls knew what was coming.

While the game will not sit well with Bearcat fans, they should be excited with the return of Marcus Barnett as a positive force in the offensive game plan. The senior from Maryland had been in Brian Kelly's doghouse, and has now resurfaced showing the form seen from his freshman season.

But the story for the night was the Bulls showing signs of life after two poor performances in conference play under first year head coach Skip Holtz.

Quarterback BJ Daniels went 13-16 for 286 yards and 2 touchdowns without throwing an interceptions on the night While Daniels saw pressure, he never was sacked by the Bearcats and also used his legs to run for 2 more scores.

While the Bearcats posted 200 more yards of offense than the Bulls, they could not keep them out of the end zone when it mattered most.

Brandon Mills led the Bearcats defense with 7 total tackles on the night, but missed assignments and the number of big plays allowed by the defense as a whole, gave the Bulls enough chances to offset the Bearcats offensive attack.

In the end the lack of a running attack, and the many mistakes on the field, caused the Bearcats to lose their first Big East game of the season and bring to a halt their 14-game winning streak at Nippert Stadium.

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