Coming into Thursday night’s game against the Miami Hurricanes, I personally didn’t give the Bearcats much of a shot because of the bye week the Hurricanes had in preparation for the Bearcats. On our Bearcat Insider podcast before the game I picked the Bearcats to lose 42-35, but our Tre Larkins picked the Bearcats to win and they had his back. The Bearcats shocked the Hurricanes in front of a sold out crowd (40,101) to win 34-23.
The ‘Canes drew blood first, but a big holding penalty held them to a made field goal by Michael Badgley. The Bearcats drove down for a quick six as running back Hosey Williams had a “Beast Mode” type run from 29 yards out to give the boys from Clifton momentum. After going up 14-3 Hayden Moore threw an interception that led to a Mark Walton 6 yard TD run. After the end of the first quarter the Bearcats were only up 14-13.
During the second quarter the Bearcats tacked on a field goal from Andrew Gantz from 51 yards (career high), to push the lead to 17-13. Miami answered with a big touchdown drive and score by Joe Yearby to push the Hurricanes ahead 20-17. As well as the Bearcats played you personally thought this is where the Hurricanes impose their will, but the Bearcats where not having it as they scored twice before halftime to have the lead 27-20.
The third quarter was a defensive struggle both teams defenses imposed their will on the other teams offense.
The fourth quarter was were the Bearcats sealed the deal while being up 27-23, Hayden Moore led a great drive that ended with a touchdown throw to Tyler Cogswell and it gave the Bearcats a lead they would relinquish 34-23. The Bearcats defense had a big stand in the redzone to put the dirt on the grave on the Hurricanes.
With this win the Bearcats are now 3-2 overall and they gave the Hurricanes their first loss of the season.