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J.T. Smith of Bearcat Insider gives out game balls for the Bearcats first victory in the American Athletic Conference versus the Pirates

The Cincinnati Bearcats won their first game in the American Athletic Conference on Saturday and the offense shined in prime time. Check out who got game balls from Bearcat Insider.

The Cincinnati Bearcats knocked off the East Carolina Pirates 31-19 to pick up their first win in the American Athletic Conference this season. During their victory, the insertion of Gunner Kiel made a huge difference as the team didn’t let points escape from them. The running game and passing game were on equal ground on Saturday. They rushed for 165 yards and passed for 348 yards. As balanced as they were in those numbers it showed in first downs as they had 25 in total with 12 rushing and 11 passing. The key stats for me on Saturday were redzone conversions which they went 3 for 3 getting touchdowns every time and they only attempted 1 field goal.

Game ball number one: Gunner Kiel, quarterback- 23 of 40 for 348 yards and 4 touchdowns

Kiel made his first start of the season and he balled out. He threw for over 300 yards, 4 touchdowns and didn’t have a single turnover. His arm looked very live and made the offense that much more explosive.

Game ball number two: Kahlil Lewis, wide receiver- 11 catches for 150 yards and 3 touchdowns (career highs in all categories)

Lewis had the game of his life in his short career. After career highs in catches, yards and touchdowns how will he follow it up? He has is showing a knack for the big play and he’s only a sophomore, the kid can only get better and have you checked out his interview after the game? The kid breeds confidence, that’s what you need at the receiver position.

Game ball number three: Michael Boone, running back- 14 carries for 88 yards, 1 catch for 54 yards

I’m going to start this off with Boone got a 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown that was called back. Saturday he looked like the Boone everybody has such high hopes for, quick and to the point. Every time he touched the ball it seemed like he had a real chance to break it and that’s a welcomed sight for #BearcatNation.

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