Last Look Back Offense: Pitt

BearcatInsider.com takes a look at UC's offensive performance in their 34-10 opening game win against Pittsburgh.

Quarterback

Really can't complain here. Munchie Legaux played like a starter is supposed to play, throwing up over 300 yards of total offense to go along with two touchdowns. More importantly, and I'm sure to the delight of Butch Jones, he played turnover free football. Legaux ran this offense to near perfection, completing 14 of 28 passes for 205 yards and rushing for 117 yards on only six carries. This is the kind of performance that a dual-threat quarterback like Legaux can put on any given Saturday (or in this case, Thursday). Job well done.

BearcatInsider grade: A+

Running Backs

Again, not much to complain about here. Senior George Winn played like a guy whose been in the system for five years, rushing for 95 yards on only 11 carries, including a 58 yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. Sophomore Ralph Abernathy IV played like the shifty, change of pace back everyone thinks he can be. He sliced and diced his way to 91 yards of total offense, including two receiving touchdowns. More importantly, he provided a nice receiving option out of the backfield, helping to make this offense even more lethal.

BearcatInsider grade: A+

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

When you only complete 14 passes, the statistics for the wide receivers aren't going to jump off the page at you. However, this does not mean the wide receivers didn't have an important role in this game; they made the most of their opportunities. Ralph Abernathy IV actually led the team in receiving (four receptions for 71 yards) but it was a couple of seniors who proved to be reliable targets. Tight end Travis Kelce provide some big plays, catching two passes for 42 yards, while senior wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins showed off his athletic ability on a 42 yard reception on a deep pass from Munchie Legaux. Thompkins finished with two catches for 48 yards. Not the ideal game statistically, but nothing to frown over for the receivers.

BearcatInsider grade: B

Offensive Line

When you rush for over 250 yards, it seems like you're splitting hairs when trying to criticize the offensive line. I do believe the o-line played well, and that stats speak to that. However, take away Winn's 58 yard scamper and Legaux's 77 yarder and you have 124 yards on 29 carries, which averages out to a little over four yards per rush. Definitely not anything to complain about, but it'd be nice to see that average up over the five yards per rush plateau. This was just the first game, and with the size and experience this offensive line has, I expect to see a few more big rushing games from the UC offense. On a better note, the offensive line only allowed one sack to the Pittsburgh defense. Quarterback Munchie Legaux had loads of time in the pocket to pick apart the Pitt defense, and he can thank his offensive line for the job well done in keeping his jersey clean.

BearcatInsider grade: B


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