Kiel - Gantz - Temple Earn AAC Honors

Three Bearcats received honors from the American Athletic Conference for their performances against East Carolina on Friday night.

With their 54-48 win over East Carolina, Cincinnati was well represented during the American Athletic Conferences weekly football award winners.

Sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel earned offensive player of the week while freshman kicker Andrew Gantz earned special teams player of the week honors.

Senior linebacker Nick Temple earned weekly honor roll honors.

Here is a look at each one from the official conference release.

Gunner Kiel: With questions abound as to whether he would start the game, Kiel played every snap on offense and helped Cincinnati win a 54-48 shootout against East Carolina, keeping the Bearcats even in the loss column atop the American Athletic Conference standings. Kiel completed 29 of 44 passes for a career-high 436 yards and four touchdowns, connecting on scoring strikes of 55, 17, 66 and 36 yards. After East Carolina took a two-point lead with 1:02 left in the fourth quarter, Kiel brought the Bearcats within field goal range on just three plays to set up the game-winning kick with 15 seconds left. Kiel leads the American Athletic Conference with 24 touchdown passes, while he ranks second in the conference in passing yards at 276.1 yards per game.

Andrew Gantz: Gantz scored 12 points, connecting on a pair of field goals and going 6-for-6 on PATs to help Cincinnati to a 54-48 win against East Carolina, keeping the Bearcats even in the loss column atop the American Athletic Conference standings. After East Carolina had taken a two-point lead with 1:02 left in the fourth quarter, Gantz scored the game-winning points on a 47-yard field goal with 15 seconds left. He added a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter. Gantz, who has made his last 10 field goal attempts, ranks second in The American in scoring (8.2 points per game).

Nick Temple: Had 14 tackles with one tackle for loss in a 54-48 win against East Carolina.


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