Tuberville Era Begins With Win

Cincinnati uses a balanced attack on offense and defense to whiteout Big Ten foe Purdue in Tommy Tuberville's debut.

The Tommy Tuberville era in Cincinnati has begun and the new coach got his first win as the team's general on Saturday. It was a record crowd in Clifton as 36,007 screaming fans were in attendance to see the Bearcats start off on the right foot. The team seemed to feed off the crowd and this hunger led them to a 42-7 victory over Big Ten opponent Purdue.

Although UC got the win, things started off slow as both Purdue and Cincinnati threw interceptions on their opening drives. Muchie Legaux got the start and after throwing an early pick, settled down nicely, regrouped and led the offense down the field to take the early 7-0 lead.

However, this did not last long as Purdue punter Cody Webster hit a bomb over the head of the Bearcats returner Anthony McClung. The ball was misjudged and muffed as McClung tried to do his best Willie Mays impression with an over the shoulder catch. The Boilermakers recovered and eventually punched it in to tie things up at 7.

The Bearcats responded with a drive of their own right before the half to take the lead 14-7 going into halftime. Coach Tuberville wasn't sure what to expect but he was glad to see his team handle adversity. "I'm proud of our players. I'm proud of our coaches. I'm really proud of our strength and conditioning coaches," Tuberville said post-game. "It was hot out there but our guys were able to focus and get the job done."

The second half several players, both offensively and defensively, were getting the job done. The defense forced four turnovers in the game including a pick six by UC's Adrian Witty which made the score 28-7 with 6:42 to play in the third. The linebacker play was also impressive with Nick Temple and Greg Blair leading the charge. The defense only allowed 226 yards of total offense while playing fast and aggressive.

Offensively, Munchie Legaux made the start and went 13-20 for 145 yards and a touchdown. Legaux threw two interceptions but one was a batted ball at the line of scrimmage. For the most part he managed the team extremely well and made good throws. Legaux played well but knows it was a team effort. "My lineman blocked well. The receivers did a great job. The defense did a great job. It was a team effort out there today."

The quarterback situation is still ongoing as Coach Tuberville says he will see how both Kay and Legaux progress. Today, He felt Munchie gave the team the best chance to win. The Bearcats travel to Champaign next week to take on another Big Ten opponent. It was great to get a win to start the season and the Bearcats should take this momentum into their matchup next week with the Illini.


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