The Cincinnati Bearcats played in front of 33,068 fans in Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday afternoon and a nice chunk of the fans drove from Cincinnati. With the stadium a little over half filled the Bearcats went to work on their foes early and often.
The second drive of the game wide receiver Kahlil Lewis broke a 79 yard reverse play that got the team to the 6 yard line. Quarterback Hayden Moore later hit wide receiver Nate Cole for a for a 5 yard touchdown pass. The boys from Clifton went up 7-0 and never looked back. Safety/linebacker Mike Tyson knocked out the Boilermakers offense picking off three passes with two coming in the first half. This was the best I’ve seen Tyson play in a Bearcats uniform his growth from last year to this year has been amazing. They took a 21-7 lead into the half and outgained their opponent 321-220 and another impressive thing was the balance as they had 21 pass attempts and 20 total rushes.
In the second half the Bearcats started off second where they finished the first half pushing the lead up to 31-7 because a few injuries hit their secondary (Zach Edwards and Tyrell Gilbert whom both seem to be ok) and their lead vanished to 31-20, but a Hayden Moore 23 rushing touchdown iced the game as the Bearcats won 38-20.
Moore played his best game of the season completing 19 of 32 passes, throwing for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also ran for 58 yards and 2 touchdowns, but the most important thing today was he protected the ball he had no turnovers. They won the turnover battle 5-0, something #BearcatNation isn’t used to as of late.
Cole had another solid game today as he had 6 catches, 81 yards and 2 touchdowns. He had countless third down catches.
Cincinnati got their first road win versus a Big Ten opponent since 1957 and they will be on a high waiting for the #6 Houston Cougars at Nippert Stadium on Thursday.