-In a game with six Bearcat turnovers and only 23 points scored, it's hard to pick out a player of the game. Munchie Legaux threw for 200 plus yards and two touchdowns, but he also fumbled twice and threw two interceptions. After reviewing the stats, and judging by the flow of the game, I'm giving Top Bearcat honors to running back George Winn. He wasn't flashy, but he broke off some big runs, including a 31 yarder, and was consistent all game, something the rest of the offense could not say. Winn finished with 24 carries for 148 yards. The lack of a touchdown usually would prevent me from bestowing such an honor, but with the amount of turnovers committed during the game, Winn's LACK of turnovers give him the edge.
Top Offensive Player
- Once again, this was another tough decision, and now for the "so many people had great games" reason, which is preferred. Munchie put up the big stats, including throwing only seven incompletiona, but two of those were interceptions. So I'm going with wide receiver Damon Julian. Julian finished the game with four receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown. Pedestrian stats, you may say, but when you factor in the circumstances, it's an impressive performance. Subbing in for the injured Alex Chisum, and making his first career start, Julian stepped up and had a solid game, adding a legitimate target to the UC offense. And for that, Damon earns top offensive player of the game honors.
Top Defensive Player
-Cincinnati's defense did their job, holding Delaware State to just 261 yards of total offense and forcing four turnovers of their own, much to Coach Butch Jones' delight. There was a slew of solid performances across the board, but the one that stands out is senior defensive back Aaron Roberson. Playing behind Deven Drane and Camerron Cheatham, Roberson tends to get lost in the shuffle. However, he made his presence felt against the Hornets, finishing the game with four total tackles, two tackles for loss, and a momentum killing sack/fumble on Delaware State quarterback Nick Elko, which all but iced the game. It was a great performance from the senior and one that I'm sure he'll remember fondly when looking back on his Cincinnati career.