5 Answers: Miami (OH)

BearcatInsider answers the 5 burning questions we asked leading up to UC's game against Miaimi (OH).

Question 1: Which Munchie will we get?

Answer: Neither? Munchie has been one of two players this year; the guy who puts up 350 yards of offense and takes over a game, or the guy who is responsible for multiple turnovers and some questionable decisions as a passer. On Saturday, we got a guy who completed 13 of 23 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns. He wasn't spectacular, he wasn't inconsistent, he just managed the game. It was something that UC fans have been clamoring for this season. Munchie did exactly what all quarterbacks should do; he made smart decisions, made plays when he needed to and was everything you want in your starting quarterback. If Legaux can continue putting up these types of performances, the UC offense will continue to be one of the more efficient offenses in the nation.

Question 2: What about the rushing attack?

Answer: A resounding YES. After the first two games of the season, the Cincinnati offense was averaging over 250 yards on the ground per game. Against a talented Virginia Tech team, the rushing attack sputtered a bit, only rushing for 103 yards. They got things back on track on Saturday, however, rushing for a season high 272 yards, including 128 from senior running back George Winn. The offensive line was able to get great push throughout the game, allowing for Winn and Ralph Abernathy IV to run freely all game long. This is the kind of offense Cincinnati wants to run, and I'm sure Coach Jones is more than pleased with the rushing output.

Question 3: Will the receivers continue to play up to their potential?

Answer: Yes and no. Kenbrell Thompkins was not able to build upon his breakout game against Virginia Tech, no fault of his own however, as he was only targeted three times. The rest of the receivers stepped up in his place, including senior Danny Milligan, who recorded his first career touchdown reception. Tight end Travis Kelce was able to find the end zone for the first time this season, showing the potential that has made him one of the biggest enigmas on this Bearcat offense. Damon Julian and Anthony McClung both had solid games, coming up with four and three receptions respectively. The go to guy wasn't there against the Redhawks, but as a whole the unit performed well.

Question 4: Will the defense continue to produce turnovers?

Answer: Absolutely. The Cincinnati defense forced three interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown, shifting momentum back in UC's favor during a crucial stretch in the first quarter. The interceptions belonged to a trio of upperclassmen, with seniors Camerron Cheatham and Greg Blair and junior Deven Drane coming up with the turnovers. Against a talented Miami passing attack, the secondary played lock down defense, only allowing 303 passing yards to Redhawks quarterback Zac Dysert. Make no mistake, the three turnovers were crucial in allowing the Cincinnati offense to gain comfort during the rivalry game.

Question 5: Can UC's bend but don't break defense continue to be effective?

Answer: To the delight of Cincinnati fans and coaches, no. The Bearcats defense played perhaps their best game of the season, forcing three turnovers and allowing only 14 points to an explosive passing offense known for putting up big points. Although not known as a rushing team, the Miami offense was only able to put up 59 rushing yards, as the UC defense played inspired against the run, forcing the Redhawks into long, third down plays on multiple drives, a huge component in the dominating performance. The bend but don't break defense was not a factor during this game. It was more of a slight bend at worst.


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