Bearcats Topple Temple.
Playing on the road is always a difficult task. Playing on the road with a new starting quarterback increases that difficulty even more. For the Cincinnati Bearcats, their game against Temple featured both of these problems. With first time starter Brendon Kay behind center, the Cincinnati offense had a field day, putting up 38 points and over 450 yards of total offense. The game got started with a much needed three and out by the Cincinnati defense, putting the ball into the hands of Kay and the Bearcats offensive unit. They stalled a bit on their first drive, going three and out themselves. However, it was their second drive when they got the offense going. Their six play, 74-yard drive that ended in a one-yard George Winn touchdown run, featured the first completion of the game for Kay, a 20-yard strike to Anthony McClung, which ignited his confidence and led the way to his great game. Temple was able to answer with a field goal, making the score 7-3 in favor of UC. The Bearcats immediately answered with a great 75-yard strike from Kay to senior wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins. On the play, Kay rolled out to his left, and floated a pass over the Temple safety, hitting Thompkins in stride as he tiptoed along the sideline for the score. The score completed shifted momentum back in Cincinnati's favor and opened the flood-gates for an offensive explosion. The second quarter began with another Bearcats score. This time, UC put together another long drive that was capped off by a 1-yard touchdown plunge by George Winn, making the score 21-3. The Bearcats were able to hold the Owls off of the scoreboard in the second quarter and added another field goal, going into halftime a 24-3 lead. Temple opened the scoring in the third quarter with 4-yard pass from backup quarterback Clinton Granger to Cody Booth. The majority of the third quarter ended in stalled drives from both offenses, until Cincinnati was able to break the stalemate with another huge passing play. This touchdown saw Kay hit a streaking Chris Moore in stride for a 65-yard touchdown pass, all but sealing the game for the Bearcats with the score 31-10 going into the fourth quarter. Cincinnati tacked on another field goal in the fourth, making the final score 34-10 in favor of the Bearcats. The story of the game was the play of Brendon Kay. After last week, Coach Jones made it clear that there would be a competition for the starting quarterback position going forward, and Kay took full advantage, capping off a great week of practice by earning the starting position. Once he got in the game, he performed like a senior should; completing 13 of 21 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns. Kay made smart decisions, good throws and let the game come to him. More importantly, to UC fans and coaches alike, he played turnover free football in leading the Bearcats to victory. Before this game, UC had a quarterback controversy on their hands, after this game, I think that controversy has been solved.
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