After a three-week break, Brendon Kay clearly used the time off to work on his game. The senior signal caller came out and had his best performance of the season in the 48-34 offensive beat down put on by Cincinnati during their Belk Bowl victory. Kay completed 17 of 25 passes for 332 and four touchdowns, all personal and season bests. While the stats were obviously impressive, his poise and maturity in leading the comeback victory was the biggest take away from Kay's performance. Kay led the first game winning drive of his career, hitting Travis Kelce for an 83-yard touchdown pass with under a minute left to play for UC's go ahead touchdown. With his sixth year of eligibility granted, Kay can use this game as motivation in the off-season, and come out even stronger during the 2013 season.
BearcatInsider grade: A+
When you rush for 130 yards on only 16 carries and a touchdown, you're usually the talk of the game. However, for the first time in the 2012 season, George Winn had an excellent game and was not the best player on Cincinnati's offense. At this point, we've come to expect these performances from Winn, someone who averaged nearly 100 yards per game on the ground and finished with 13 touchdowns. His 8.1 yards per rush was the most telling stat of the game. Beyond a poor opening quarter, Cincinnati could do as they pleased on offense. If they went to Winn, he nearly ran for a first down on every rush. If they went to the pass, Kay shredded Duke's defense for well over 300 yards. This was the best team offensive performance since their opening week victory over Pitt, and once again, Winn had a huge role in the outcome. We're going to miss seeing number 32.
BearcatInsider grade: A
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
It may have taken 13 games, but Cincinnati finally had two receivers both put up 100 yards receiving. The first, and most obvious, achiever of the mythical 100-yard game was Travis Kelce. The senior tight end finished with five catches for 123 yards and one touchdown, the game winner with under one minute left. The second 100-yard receiver was a bit more of a surprise. Anthony McClung hasn't exactly flown under the radar this year. The junior from Indianapolis started every game for the Bearcats and finished third on the team in receptions and receiving yards. But you'd be hard pressed to find someone who thought McClung was playing up to his talent level. While not the tallest receiver, McClung is a speedster, and someone who can make plays in space. Against Duke, he did just that, finishing with three catches for 110 yards and one touchdown, good for over 30 yards per reception. Not a bad way to end the season from this inconsistent, yet talented group.
BearcatInsider grade: A-