Game Notes: ECU

Along with becoming bowl eligible, there are several other team and player notes from the Bearcats big win over East Carolina on Thursday night.

Cincinnati Team Notes

With the win over East Carolina, the Bearcats are bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive season and the eighth time in nine seasons.

UC garnered their sixth all-time victory against ECU and their fourth consecutive win.

Cincinnati is 65-2 when leading heading into 4th quarter.

The Bearcats have tallied at least 340 yards of total offense in each of the last 35 games. The streak started following UC’s game against Pittsburgh on Dec. 4, 2010 where they accumulated 265 yards.

For the third consecutive week, the Bearcats started the same offensive line (Eric Lefeld, Ryan Leahy, Deyshawn Bond, Parker Ehinger, Justin Murray).

UC has now scored on their opening drive of the game in six games.

The Bearcats now have 14 touchdown drives this season that have a time of possession less than 90 seconds.

In each of the last three games, UC has had two or more drives results in points.

UC put up 14 points in the first quarter, which is the second most this season behind the 20 they recorded versus Toledo.

The Bearcats have five touchdowns on the season of 60 yards or more.

UC put up 31 points in the first half, which is the most ECU has given up in the first half this season.

Cincinnati’s first punt of the game came with 9:57 remaining in the third quarter.

UC totaled four sacks in the game, which makes it the fifth game this season with three or more in a game. The Bearcats’ high on the season is eight versus Miami (Ohio).

The 100 combined points for the two teams was the most in a UC game since the Bearcats defeated Rutgers 69-38 (107) Nov. 20, 2010 at Nippert Stadium.

UC has recorded a touchdown on a fumble recovery for the second straight game and for the fourth time in five games.

The 54 points allowed by ECU are the most season, topping the previous high of 41 against North Carolina.

Bearcats Individual Notes

QB Gunner Kiel completed 29 passes on 44 attempts for career-high 436 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.

- Completed seven consecutive passes after throwing his first interception of the game and eighth of the year.

- Completed a 66-yard touchdown pass to Chris Moore for his fifth touchdown pass of 60 or more yards this season.

- Complete a pass to eight different receivers.

WR MeKale McKay matched a career-high nine receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns (55 yards and 36 yards).

- Has 12 career touchdown receptions of 15 or more yards.

- In a five-way tie for seventh in the UC career records book for touchdown receptions with 14.

LB Jeff Luc forced his fourth fumble of the season and recovered his third fumble of the year on ECU’s first drive, both are team leading.

- Tallied a sack late in the third quarter to end an ECU drive. He now has three and a half on the year.

DE Terrell Hartsfield garnered his league leading eighth sack of the season in the third quarter. He later scored on a 20-yard fumble recovery as time expired. It was the first of his career.

WR Max Morrison caught his fourth touchdown of the season and seventh of his career to put UC up 14-6 late in the first quarter.

- Scored a touchdown in back-to-back games.

DE Silverberry Mouhon garnered his third and fourth sacks of the season and tied a single game career high.

K Andrew Gantz converted a go-ahead career-long field goal of 47-yards with 15 seconds remaining. He earlier kicked a 33-yard field goal.

- He has now made 10-straight field goals this season and is 11-of-12 on field goals this season.

- One of 20 semifinalists for the Groza Award.

WR Chris Moore caught his fourth touchdown of the season and 17th of his career, which puts him in a three-way tie for fifth in UC history with Marcus Bennett (2007-10) and Deno Foster (1981-84).

- Caught 66-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter to put UC up 24-20.

- All four of his touchdowns this season have been for 60 or more yards.

LB Nick Temple garnered a career-high 14 tackles.

RB Rod Moore scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season and career with 1:30 remaining in the first half to put the Bearcats up 31-20.

RB Mike Boone ran in his fourth touchdown of the season and his career early in the third quarter to make it 38-20.

WR Shaq Washington has had at least three receptions in every game this season (nine games).

- Caught at least one pass in 23 consecutive games.

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