At this point, naming Munchie Legaux player of the game is like saying LeBron James is the best player in the NBA, you're surprising no one. But in a game that really had no standouts offensively, you have to pick someone, and Legaux put up solid statistics once again. A week after submitting his best performance, from a game management standpoint, Legaux looked solid again, going 15 for 24 for 262 yards passing and two touchdowns. I know most fans will be concerned with some of the overthrows, but at this point you take the good with the bad. Munchie is going to miss some receivers from time to time, but his big play ability makes up for those missed passes. Legaux also had a touchdown on the ground, an eight yarder in the second quarter. All in all, another solid performance from Cincinnati's field general.
Top Offensive Player
This was another difficult decision to make as no players stood out from a statistical standpoint other than Legaux. Danny Milligan contributed with a touchdown catch and a great punt return, George Winn and Ralph Abernathy IV both put together solid games on the ground, but it was senior tight end Travis Kelce who had himself the best game, thus earning offensive player of the game honors. Kelce finished with three receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown, which came on a 78-yard pass in which Kelce caught a 10-yard in route and outran the linebacker chasing him and the safety cutting across the field for a touchdown. That was a glimpse of the kind of impact Kelce can have when given the ball. He runs incredibly well for a 6-6, 240 tight end. He won't blind you with speed, but once he gets going, he's a tough guy to bring down. Hopefully we will see Kelce continue to rack up games like these going forward.
Top Defensive Player
The defensive unit for Cincinnati has proven themselves capable of making the big play time and time again in crucial situations. After last games pick-six against Miami, the Bearcats defense scooped up a loose fumble and ran it back 76 yards for a touchdown. If it was possible to give the award to the entire defense I would, but that would be a cop out, and I don't like to cheat my readers. With that being said, I would like to make this a "co-defensive player of the game award" going to senior defense linemen Walter Stewart and Dan Giordano. It was Giordano who forced the fumble that led to the touchdown, and Stewart provided a huge, 18-yard loss sack deep in Fordham's side of the field. Both players put solid pressure on Fordham quarterback Ryan Higgins, and the stats are there to back it up. Just a solid, all-around game for the two defensive captains.