Talk about taking advantage of your opportunities. Senior Brendon Kay came in and ran this offense like a seasoned vet, completing 13 of 21 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing seven times for 71 yards, bringing his total to over 300 yards of total offense. Not a bad way to end your first career start. There is not enough positive things that can be said about Kay's performance. He looked the part of a Division one, BCS-level starting quarterback. He made smart decisions, didn't force anything, and let the game come to him, never trying to do too much and limiting mistakes. More importantly, he played turnover free football. If Kay can be even HALF as effective the rest of the season as he was against Temple, this Cincinnati offense will be just fine.
BearcatInsider grade: A
Just another ho-hum two touchdown performance from George Winn. There's nothing that we can say about Winn that hasn't already been said. He is the best player on this Cincinnati offense, and he plays like it every single game. Although he did not break the 100-yard barrier, he still finished with 83 yards on 20 carries and the two touchdowns mentioned earlier. It was the third straight game Winn has received 20 or more carries, proving that the offensive load is falling on his shoulders with the quarterback situation in a state of flux. Ralph Abernathy IV had a solid game as well, finishing with 40 yards on six carries, his best performance in three games. With Kay at quarterback, Winn and Abernathy should receive a majority, if not all, of the running plays, giving them a chance to lead this Cincinnati offense going forward.
BearcatInsider grade: A-
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
This is a group that has lived and died by the big play all season. The play of the UC quarterbacks has been to spread the ball around to this unit. No receiver has had more than seven receptions in a game all season. Against Temple, it was more of the same. Tight end Travis Kelce led the team in receptions with four, for 37 yards receiving, but it was the big plays that were the story of the game. Senior Kenbrell Thompkins had 79 receiving yards, 75 of which came on his long touchdown reception in the first quarter. Chris Moore also had a big play of his own, hauling in a 65-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, his only catch of the game.
BearcatInsider grade: B-