Apparently Munchie Legaux has been reading this site, because he came out and played like a man possessed Saturday afternoon against the Hokies. After a subpar showing against Delaware State in week two, Legaux reminded us all what he is capable of with a dominating, 415 yards of total offense, performance in UC's 27-24 win over Virginia Tech. Munchie completed 19 of 42 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winning touchdown pass to Damon Julian with 11 seconds left in the game. His passing percentage wasn't exactly where he wanted it to be, but he more than made up for it with the amount of big plays he created throwing the ball. On top of the passing yards, Legaux added 39 yards rushing to push his total yardage over the 400 yard plateau, impressive numbers and making him the clear cut player of the game. Just another notch in the belt for the Cincinnati signal caller.
Offensive Player of the Game
Earlier in the week, I did a column on the Cincinnati wide receivers and the need for one guy to step up into the go-to receiver role. With his play on Saturday, Kenbrell Thompkins answered that call. With a seven catch, 134-yard performance, including one touchdown, Thompkins became that go-to receiver for the Cincinnati offense. Aside from the great statistics, Thompkins was a reliable target in every possible offensive situation. Need a big third down catch? Thompkins is your guy. Need a guy to get open in the red zone? Thompkins is your guy. Basically, when Munchie needed someone to make a play, he looked to number seven. And number seven came through in a big way, making him our offensive player of the game.
Defensive Player of the Game
All season long, Maalik Bomar has been Mr. consistency on this Cincinnati defense. Always in the right place, always making the big tackles, Bomar has been an integral part of the success of UC's defense these first three games. On Saturday, Bomar finally got the recognition he deserved. Maalik finished the game with 16 tackles, including 11 in the first half, to lead this Cincinnati defense in what was their toughest test of the season. Other players had solid games on defense for the Bearcats, including Walter Stewart who had one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss, but it was Bomar who put together a complete performance from his linebacker spot. Similar to Kenbrell Thompkins on the offensive side of the ball, whenever this UC defense needed a big stop, they could count on their defensive captain to make the play. With that, Bomar has earned BearcatInsider's defensive player of the game award. Hopefully this will be the first of many for the senior linebacker.