Not good. We've written about it, you've read about it, and more than likely, you've talked about it. Quarterback Munchie Legaux did not have a great game against Louisville last Friday night. His stats, 13 for 28 for 157 yards passing with one touchdown and three interceptions, were indicative of his performance. His third, and final, interception all but sealed the loss for the Bearcats. It was a pass that should not have been made, and one I'm sure Legaux would love back. However, UC wouldn't have been in overtime without the heroics of Legaux's 4th quarter drive that tied the game at 31-31. This team tends to go as Munchie goes, and when he has performances like he did last Friday, this team won't go very far. He has to be better going forward, and I believe he will.
BearcatInsider grade: C-
Once again, this group performed admirably. The two-headed monster of George Winn and Ralph Abernathy IV combined for 164 yards rushing on Friday night, including 125 from Winn and two touchdowns from Abernathy. RDA IV provided the big play ability, including his 14-yard, Barry Sanders-seque touchdown run on a reverse, and Winn provided the steady, chains moving running that we've come to expect from the senior leader. Unfortunately for the Bearcats, neither of these performances resulted in a win. I liked the game plan however, Winn had a season high 25 carries and they came up with creative ways to get the ball into Abernathy's hands.
BearcatInsider grade: A-
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
As a group, they finished with 13 receptions for 157 yards and one touchdown, numbers that we've become accustomed to with his unit. The leading receiver, Damon Julian, finished with four catches for 52 yards and the lone receiving touchdown of the game. This group has settled into a groove so far this season. There isn't a #1 receiver in this group, a guy that will finish with 90 catches, 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns. This is more of a have two or three guys finish with 40 catches, 600 yards and five or six touchdowns. Is that a bad thing? Only time will tell. If UC can get things back on track and finish strongly, no one will care who led the team in receiving.
BearcatInsider grade: B-
The offensive line comes to play every game. That's something that you can always count on when watching this Cincinnati team. Against the Cardinals, the UC offensive line paved the way for 196 yards rushing, and allowed only one sack, solid numbers against a talented Louisville defense in a hostile environment. It's hard to blame the offensive line for some of the probems the Cincinnati offense has been having, mainly turnovers, but this is a unified group. They win as a team, and they lose as a team. Going forward, you can expect this group to consistently perform to a high level.
BearcatInsider grade: A