Throughout the week Cincinnati talked about how when the rivalry game against Miami shows up on the schedule, they expect a battle every time.
One of the biggest factors that motivates the Redhawks is the fact that most players who are not recruited by the Bearcats locally, chose Miami as an alternate choice.
Saturday, for about 59 minutes, it looked like the Victory Bell was coming back to Oxford, Ohio for the first time after being in Clifton the past nine years..
The Bearcats saw injuries hurt in several areas especially quarterback where they were down to backup Hayden Moore who had three huge turnovers in the 4th quarter.
Everything pointed to the Bearcats losing the Victory Bell and coming back to Clifton with many wondering what direction this team is going the rest of the season falling to 1-2. Then Moore showed why Tommy Tuberville has been excited about his young signal caller when he put together a drive that practically saved the Bearcats season at this time.
With the Bearcats having a quick turn around against Memphis on Thursday night. It’s going to be a huge challenge to win against the Tigers on the road. There is also a good chance quarterback Gunner Kiel won’t play in the matchup. So Saturday’s win against the Redhawks holds even more significance.
“It’s going to be tough for him to play with the five day turnaround it’s all up to the doctors,” said Head Coach Tommy Tuberville after the game.”
The Bearcats could not afford to fall to 1-2 before heading to Memphis as they have the Miami Hurricanes coming to Nippert Stadium on October 1st. So losing to the Redhawks would have been a bad sign moving forward for those upcoming big games.
The Bearcats offense put together an 8-play 66-yard drive to finally shut the door on the Redhawks hopes of snapping a nine game losing streak to the Bearcats. Until that point Moore struggled to put together a touchdown drive for the Bearcats.
On some of Moore’s throws he was inaccurate and threw an interception in the fourth quarter. To his credit he never got rattled. “He never got rattled he kept his composure and he kept cheering us on we kept cheering him on like nothing ever happen,” said running back Tion Green. “He just kept throwing the ball and wasn’t shy.” Green was right. On the winning drive Moore was sensational. He marched the Bearcats down the field leaving little time for the Redhawks to score. Despite his struggles, Moore delivered in money time for the Bearcats and it should elevate his confidence going into game against Memphis if the Bearcats are without Kiel..
Defensively the Bearcats struggled all game long to stop the Redhawks giving up 448-yards to an offense who didn’t score a single point against Wisconsin a week ago. Even after the Bearcats got the lead back in the final two-minutes, many wondered could they stop the Redhawks offense from scoring to win it late.
The Bearcats defense stood tall in the final minute lead by junior LB Eric Wilson who had a pass deflection on fourth down. “I kinda knew they were gonna run the stick route because they had a different tight end originally so I just made a play on it,” said Wilson after the game.
Wilson had an outstanding game leading the team with 18 tackles especially in the fourth quarter when they needed a play most.
The Bearcats forced two Redhawk turnovers and posted a huge goal line stance after a Moore fumble with seven minutes left. Just like the offense the defense stepped up with big plays in big moments to seal the Bearcats tenth consecutive Victory Bell victory.
Overall the Bearcats performance wasn’t pretty. In a game where they were heavily favored they struggled with the Redhawks. The Bearcats special teams unit had a much better performance than previous two weeks.
The offensive line only gave up one sack all afternoon which is a positive sign moving forward. So as the Bearcats prepare for Memphis next Thursday it’s important to remember the turnovers and mistakes made against Miami on Saturday.
If they repeat their performance they won’t have a chance to win against the Tigers. Turnovers and missed tackles must not continue as the Tigers are on a different level than the Redhawks and will be waiting to knock off the Bearcats.
It will be interesting to see which Bearcats team shows up.
|Cincinnati Bearcats at Miami (OH) RedHawks|
|Sep 19, 2015||1ST||2ND||3RD||4TH||SCORE|
|Cincinnati Bearcats ()||14||10||6||7||37|
|Miami (OH) RedHawks ()||7||16||7||3||33|
|Team Stats Comparison|
|Punt Return Yards||2||25|
|Kick Return Yards||501||411|
|3rd Down Converstion||5-15||5-18|
|4th Down Conversion||1-1||2-3|
|Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals||4-2||2-2|
|FIRST QUARTER SCORING||CIN||M-OH|
|12:47||(CIN) Boone, Mike 4 yd run (Andrew Gantz Kick)||7||0|
|9:59||(M-OH) Shisso, Sam 21 yd pass from Kummer, Drew (Nick Dowd Kick)||7||7|
|2:04||(CIN) Green, Tion 2 yd run (Gantz, Kick)||14||7|
|SECOND QUARTER SCORING||CIN||M-OH|
|14:19||(M-OH) Dowd, Nick 22 yd FG||14||10|
|7:15||(M-OH) Smith, Ryan 14 yd pass from Bahl, Billy (Dowd, Kick)||14||17|
|4:17||(CIN) Gantz, Andrew 42 yd FG||17||17|
|4:05||(M-OH) Martin, Sam 75 yd pass from Kummer (Patterson, Kick Failed)||17||23|
|00:54||(CIN) Moore, Chris 14 yd pass from Kiel, Gunner (Gantz, Kick)||24||23|
|THIRD QUARTER SCORING||CIN||M-OH|
|10:28||(CIN) Gantz, Andrew 46 yd FG||27||23|
|8:26||(M-OH) Smith, Ryan 2 yd pass Kummer (Patterson, Kick)||27||30|
|1:29||(CIN) Gantz, Andrew 24 yd FG||30||30|
|FOURTH QUARTER SCORING||CIN||M-OH|
|7:12||(M-OH) Patterson, K 21 yd FG||30||33|
|1:13||(CIN) Moore, Hayden 1 yd run (Gantz, Kick)||37||33|