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J.T. Smith of Bearcat Insider gives out defensive game balls after Bearcats win at Purdue

After the Cincinnati Bearcats beat the Purdue Boilermakers 38-20 in West Lafayette, Indiana Bearcat Insider is handing out defensive game balls. Check out who received game balls.

The Cincinnati Bearcats traveled across state lines to beat the Purdue Boilermakers 38-20. The defense had a big day even though they allowed 504 yards you had to watch the game to understand that was phantom stats. This unit had five turnovers, yes the Cincinnati Bearcats created five turnovers in one game. Let’s see who received game balls.

Game ball number one: Mike Tyson, safety/linebacker- 3 tackles, .5 tackles for loss and 3 interceptions

Call this man Iron Mike Tyson after how he knocked out the Boilermakers offense. He made 3 interceptions and 2 of them were super impressive. The improvement in Tyson is a welcomed sight for Bearcat fans and if he keeps playing like this it might be a Tyson fan club coming to Cincinnati.

Game ball number two: Tyrell Gilbert, safety- 5 tackles and 1 interception

Back to back weeks Gilbert has made interceptions. He’s becoming a ball hawk right before our eyes. Gilbert has been laying the wood and picking off opposing quarterbacks at a nice clip this season. Keep ballin’ Tyrell, keep ballin’.

Game ball number three: Antonio Kinard, linebacker- 5 tackles

Kinard played a lot of Bryce Jenkinson on Saturday and he was impressive. He did well in pass coverage and attacked on running plays. Kinard playing well is a plus for the Bearcats in the grand scheme of things.

Game ball number four: Chad Banschbach, running back- 2 tackles

I know you are reading this like is J.T. dumb? Nope Banschbach made two of the biggest plays in the game on special teams as he came down the field like a Cuban missile and tackled the Purdue returner inside the 20 yard line twice. Have the Bearcats found a special teams ace?

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