On Saturday afternoon the Cincinnati Bearcats and #18 Houston Cougars faced off TDECU Stadium in an American Athletic Conference battle. It was a rainy day in Houston and it seemed it was going to affect the game, but the weather didn’t play a part in the outcome of the game.
The Bearcats defense played very good throughout the game giving the offense multiple chances even when getting put in terrible situations.
There are two plays that stick out to me in the first half that will haunt the road teams coaching staff:
Sam Geraci’s blocked punt that turned into Houston points.
Tion Green’s fumble in the red zone that prevented the Bearcats from tying the game at 14 in the second quarter.
In the second half there were four plays that will haunt the coaching staff:
Andrew Gantz pouch kick to start the third quarter which led to a questionable Houston touchdown.
Gunner Kiel throwing a pick six where he locked on to a receiver and put them down 28-14
Gunner Kiel getting safety’d where his awareness was zero and he ran into the end zone.
The non false start call on fourth down that eventually allowed Houston to score.
If you didn’t watch the game despite losing the turnover battle 3-2 (technically 4-2 because they had a blocked punt) they had a chance to win. As a Bearcat fan that’s what burns the most you know they had a chance to knock off a ranked opponent and allowed them to slip through the cracks.
Gunner Kiel threw for 523 yards on 28 of 51, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The main receiver was Chris Moore as he had 6 catches for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns.
They outgained their opponent 589-427. Greg Ward was held in check as he only had 161 yards in the air, but ran for 119 yards and had 2 touchdowns passing (2 interceptions).
Safety Zach Edwards made a lot of good plays as he finished with 11 tackles and 1 interception. Defensive End Silverberry Mouhon has his best game of the season in my opinion as he finished with 7 tackles.
As good as the defense played it wasn’t enough to overcome the mistakes by the offense. The Bearcats loss 33-30 and are now out of the AAC East race. They are still one win away in becoming bowl eligible so they still have something to play for.