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J.T. Smith is giving the Bearcats offensive game balls for their performance against the Pirates

BCI is giving out the last set of offensive game balls for the regular season for the Bearcats latest performance against the Pirates Saturday afternoon. Let's check out who the top performers were this week.

The Bearcats got their second win on the road playing a Pirates team fighting for bowl eligibility. The offense didn’t put up its normal high powered performance, but there were a few players that stood out on Saturday in the 19-16 victory. As a unit whole gained 427 yards which isn't anything to sneeze at, but when you are use this unit getting 600 yards or more you understand why I said they didn't have a high powered performance.

Let’s see who the top performers were this week.

Game ball number one: Andrew Gantz, kicker- 2 of 3 in field goals (made from 50 and 42) including game winner and 1 of 2 in extra points

This is the first time I’ve given an award to a kicker and nobody is more deserving than Andrew Gantz. If you follow this team and have been for a while you know that everybody who attends ECU probably hates his guts and for those that attend UC he’s a colt hero on campus. Gantz made a 50 yarder, missed a 44 yarder and made the game winning 42 yard field to seal victory for the boys from Clifton. He missed an extra point attempt, but the made field erased the huge mistake and no has ECU home until next year.

Game ball number two: Shaq Washington, wide receiver- 15 catches for 124 yards and 1 touchdown

Shaq might be small in size, but the game he had on Saturday was big. He was mister everything for the Bearcats at ECU and they needed him to be because the offense didn’t put up its normal points. Shaq didn’t have a catch over 16 yards, but ECU had no answer for UC’s all-time leading receptor. This performance was a nice way to go into a bowl opportunity for the senior.

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