Last Look Back Offense: Fordham

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

Quarterback

After having what was probably his most consistent game last week against Miami (OH), Legaux put together another really solid, albeit flawed, performance this past Saturday against Fordham. Munchie finished 15 of 24 for 262 yards and two touchdowns, as well as 16 yards rushing and another touchdown on the ground. If you look at just those stats, you would believe Munchie had a great game, which he did, but he also left a lot of throws out there. Against a team like Fordham, missing open targets is manageable due to the athletic advantage a team like Cincinnati possesses, but as we get into Big East conference play, Legaux has to work on hitting his open receivers or those misses could come back and haunt the Bearcats as the season goes on.

BearcatInsider grade: B

Running Backs

This UC offense has been full of big plays all season, not to mention having their defense putting the ball in the end zone a few times as well. That's great from a team standpoint, defensive touchdowns and big plays are HUGE momentum swings, but it's usually not good for a rushing attack. UC's time of possession against Fordham was only 24 minutes, 12 minutes less than the visiting Rams. Spread that over four quarters and that's only six minutes of possession per quarter. With that being said, the Cincinnati rushing stats were lower than you would expect when facing an FCS opponent. While 210 yards rushing seems like a large number, if you consider that fact that UC rushed fro over 270 yards against a tougher defense in Miami (OH), it seems a little disappointing. Nonetheless, the Bearcats put together solid games form a multitude of rushers, including 75 yards from George Winn and 51 yards and a touchdown from Ralph Abernathy IV.

BearcatInsider grade: A

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

This group has become the most consistent group for the Cincinnati offense, not necessarily in the way that you would think, however. Every game, you can expect the Bearcats wide receivers to have three to four wideouts put up similar numbers to each other, with all of them having around 50 receiving yards and three to four receptions. Saturday was no different. This game saw three receivers with three receptions, including a three reception, 118 yard performance from tight end Travis Kelce. Sophomore Alex Chisum put together a solid game, with two catehes for 45 yards, and senior Danny Milligan had his second consecutive game with a touchdown reception. It was another solid performance from this group.

BearcatInsider grade: B

Offensive Line

The Cincinnati offensive line has started to become a dominant force for the Bearcats. Against Fordham, a team in which they had a large size advantage, they established position time and time again, opening holes for the rushing attack to accumulate over 200 rushing yards. More importantly, the offensive line allowed zero sacks, giving quarterback Munchie Legaux plenty of time to sit in the pocket and hit his receivers in stride. There's not more much you can ask an offensive line to do, and Cincinnati fans should be thrilled with the performance of this unit.

BearcatInsider grade: A+


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