Cincinnati Takes Down Fordham.

The Bearcats flexed their offensive muscles, putting a beat down on Fordham in their 49-17 win.

They say the best offense is a good defense, and Cincinnati's football team showed why during The Opening quarter of play against the Fordham Rams. After a Fordham drive that saw them pick up three first downs, including a 4th down conversion, the Bearcats turned a sack/forced fumble by Dan Giordano into a 76-yard fumble return for a touchdown by cornerback Deven Drane.

Similar to the game, when a Miami drive was thwarted by a pick-six from cornerback Camerron Cheatham, the Cincinnati defense came up big when needed. Following a Fordham field goal, the Cincinnati offense needed only three plays to respond, scoring on a 78-yard touchdown pass from Munchie Legaux to tight end Travis Kelce. On the Rams next drive, they moved the ball down the field once again, but had to settle for a 55-yard field goal by kicker Patrick Murray after Cincinnati's defense locked in on their side of the field.

If the first quarter was an exciting breed of football, complete with fumble recoveries for touchdowns and 78-yard passing plays, the second quarter had more of an old school feel to it. After starting the game 4-4 for 98 yards and one touchdown, Legaux finished the half 1-8 for 20 yards, including a few overthrows and a dropped interception. Some of the highlights included a great catch by sophomore receiver Alex Chisum on a third and seven, which kept alive a solid drive the UC offense. Unfortunately, the drive ended in a missed field goal by reigning Big East special teams performer of the week Tony Miliano. Cincinnati went into the locker room leading 14-6.

The third quarter started with a nine play, 79-yard drive for UC, culminating in a Munchie Legaux eight-yard touchdown run. After a great stop by the UC defense on Fordham's next drive, UC again took advantage of the stop and drove 81 yards in five plays, scoring on Ralph Abernathy IV's 36-yard touchdown run. After a great punt return by Danny Milligan, Cincinnati used the short field to add onto their lead with a 1-yard rush from the wildcat formation by Jordan Luallen. Fordham was able to respond with their first touchdown of the game, a solid 7-play, 68-yard drive that ended with a 12 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Higgins to Brian Wetzel at the tail end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter saw Cincinnati continue to lay it on, as they started the quarter by scoring yet another passing touchdown, this one from Legaux to senior wideout Danny Milligan. At this point, the score was well in hand and UC put the backups in. One would think this would stop the scoring barrage, but Cincinnati's backups took advantage of their playing time, scoring one last time on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Brendon Kay, making the final score 42-17.

It wasn't a pretty game by any means, but anytime you win 42-17, it's hard to complain. Munchie missed some receivers, the defense allowed Fordham to move the ball too freely on a lot of drives, and there was a missed field goal on special teams. That in lays the beauty of this Cincinnati football team. It doesn't matter how they play, they just get the job done, week in and week out. I think I speak for Bearcat nation when I say I'll take games like this if they continue to end in wins.


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