Saturday was a display of what Munchie Legaux can be when he's playing up to his potential. 376 passing yards and three touchdowns are incredible numbers, even more so given the way he played against a lesser opponent in Delaware State. His completion percentage was a little low, only completing 19 of a possible 42 passes, but he more than made up for it with the amount of big plays he made in the game. All three of his touchdown passes were over 29 yards, including a 76 yarder to Ralph Abernathy IV. The biggest play for Legaux, and most importantly the game, was his game winning drive that ended in a 39 yard touchdown pass to Damon Julian with 11 seconds left in the game. It was an incredible performance and one that UC desperately needed in this game. Hats off to you, Munchie.
BearcatInsider grade: A+
George Winn was held below 100 yards for the first time all season, accumulating 77 yards on 17 carries, still good for 4.5 yards per rush. Ralph Abernathy IV was held to one yard rushing on three carries and Munchie Legaux had 39 yards on 11 carries. Not eye popping numbers from a statistical standpoint, but nothing that should be of concern for UC fans. Virginia Tech has one of the most talented defenses in the country, and UC was able to break off a couple of big runs. More importantly, Winn continued to look great as the lead back. He made every run count, constantly dragging Hokie defenders for an extra yard on two after contact. The stats may have been low, but the running backs turned in another hard fought performance.
BearcatInsider grade: B+
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
THIS was the kind of game we have been wanting from the Cincinnati wide outs. Obviously the big story was Kenbrell Thompkins, who had seven receptions for 234 yards and one touchdown. But it was the overall production of the unit that is most promising for this offense. Damon Julian followed up his great performance against Delaware State with a 89 yard, four reception performance against the Hokies, including hauling in the game winning touchdown. Travis Kelce and Anthony McClung also held in two receptions apiece. The unit as a whole brought in 20 receptions for 392 yards. Great statistics, but more importantly, great production from a unit that finally played to their potential.
BearcatInsider grade: A
Going up against what will probably be the most talented defensive line they will face all season was no easy feat for this UC offensive line, but they were up to challenge. The stats were a bit low, paving the way for 120 rushing yards, well below their 250 yards per game average, but it was the job they did protecting Munchie Legaux that was most important. The line allowed only one sack, and consistently gave Legaux time in the pocket to step into his throws, paving the way for his monstrous day throwing the ball. The rushing stats, as stated earlier, were low, but George Winn had more than his fair share of runs where he was able to get to the second level due to the push from the offensive line. Another solid performance from one of UC's most consistent offensive groups.
BearcatInsider grade: B