Last Look Back Defense: Fordham

BearcatInsider.com takes a look at UC's defensive performance against Fordham.

Defensive Line

While facing an FCS opponent, one would expect the Cincinnati defense to put up gaudy statistics rushing the quarterback. They did not do that. The Bearcats had three sacks on the game, one of which forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. However, they did hold the Fordham defense to only 304 yards of total offense, including only 29 on the ground. This wasn't all attributed to the defensive line, but they did do an excellent job of making Fordham quarterback Ryan Higgins uncomfortable all game long. They did a solid job, but we would expect better stats given the athletic advantage they had.

BearcatInsider grade: B-

Linebackers

Similar to the defensive line, the Cincinnati linebackers had themselves a decent against the Fordham Rams. No one stood out from a statistical standpoint, but they also held the Rams to only 17 points and 304 yards of offense. Nick Temple led the linebacking crew with four tackles, which is a little disconcerting if you're a UC fan. One would like to see your linebackers finish with double digit tackles every game. That would show that your linebackers are staying in their lanes, coming up with tackles when the running back/quarterback breaks through the first line of defense and making plays when needed. Obviously, getting the win is most important, but the lack of tackles from the linebackers is a bit concerning.

BearcatInsider grade: B

Secondary

This was a great way for the secondary to respond following their great performance against Miami last week. The Bearcats came out and had the three leading tacklers in the game for UC in Arryn Chenault, Adrian Witty and Malcolm Murray. Cornerback Deven Drane returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown and they held the Fordham passing attack to 262 yards and one touchdown. The schedule gets much harder after this game, so having the secondary step up the way that they have the past few games is an encouraging sign going forward.

BearcatInsider grade: A


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