Preview: Bearcats Travel To Miami

The heat is on the Cincinnati defense to step up and make a stance Saturday on the road in Miami. Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville will have to count on several back-ups to step-up if he hopes to upset the Hurricanes on their home turf. We look at the key stats for the game and the names to watch when the teams take the field. Photo: Can Munchie Legaux lead the Bearcats to a win over Miami?

When Cincinnati takes the field against Miami on Saturday they’ll find another team that has seen its share of issues this season.

Here is a look at the final out of conference match-up the Bearcats will face this season.

The body count continued to grown on Tommy Tuberville’s Bearcats this season with almost too many injuries to go into detail about. The biggest losses are on offense, the lone bright spot for the first three games of the season before last Saturday’s mess in Paul Brown Stadium against Memphis.

Standout quarterback Gunner Kiel is a major question mark and should not be looked upon to provide his strong arm against the Hurricanes. With Kiel out, Tuberville will look at Munchie Legaux and Jarred Evans to fill the void.

While the return of Legaux can make for a great story, this may not be the game that gives Bearcat fans a dream scenario or a much needed win. Expect both quarterbacks to play and the ability of Evans to run the ball could prove vital to the success of the offense because of injuries at running back.

With the loss of Tion Green and Hosey Williams, Rod Moore will get his chance to show what he’s got.

Could this be the coming out party for running back E.J. Junior? The sophomore had fans excited in the spring but has been more of a scout team player. A power back, Junior could be a pleasant surprise if he doesn’t get raveled against the “U” on the road.

If the Bearcats can’t establish a running game and provide solid protection for Legaux and Evans behind a patchwork offensive line, the two could be chucking and ducking all day against the many athletes the Canes can line up on the field.

Anyone who has watched Cincinnati this season knows the defense is a major issue and may be for the rest of the season.

Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya is hitting on over 61-percent of his throws but has shown he’s prone to throwing the interception. The problem is the Bearcats only have one interception on the season.

Running back Duke Johnson may be the best back the Bearcats have faced this season and could have his biggest game of the season as he averages 6.2 yards per carry and has 625 net rushing yards already.

All three of the Hurricanes wins this season have been at home as they best Florida A&M, Arkansas State and Duke. Their three losses came on the road against Louisville, Nebraska and Georgia Tech.

Matchup Preview  |  October 11, 2014
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Cincinnati Bearcats
(2-2, 0-1 Away)
Miami (FL) Hurricanes
(3-3, 3-0 Home)
Offensive Stats Comparison
1728Total Offensive Yards2361
1314Passing Yards1561
414Rushing Yards800
32.8Points Per Game27.5
84First Downs117
15Passing TD13
3Rushing TD8
13Red Zone Attempts25
77%Red Zone Percentage80%
Defensive Stats Comparison
149Points Allowed137
2247Total Yards Allowed1870
1226Passing Yards Allowed876
1021Rushing Yards Allowed994
12Sacks13
1Interceptions4
21Red Zone Attempts21
76%Red Zone Percentage81%
Injury Report
Gunner Kiel
Very Questionable
Rayshawn Jenkins
Out for Season
Cory Keebler
Knee Out for Season
Matt Goudis
Questionable
Adrian Witty
Out for Game
K.C. McDermott
Out for Game
Hosey Williams
Knee Out for Month
Matt Goudis
Out for Game
Tion Green
Out for the Season

Game Notes
Cincinnati and Miami have met 11 times previously with the Hurricanes holding a 10-1 edge in the all-time series. The lone UC victory came in 1947, the first game of the series 20-7. The two teams have not met since 1998. The Bearcats are 0-5 in Miami against the Hurricanes and have several players on their current roster who are Miami natives. The last time the Bearcats played in Sun Life Stadium was in the 2009 Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech where they fell 20-7 to the Hokies. The UC defense is ranked No. 124 in total defense, No. 120 in rushing defense and No. 118 in passing yards allowed this season.


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