Round two of the Cincinnati Bearcats-BYU Cougars took place on a nice Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati, Ohio at Nippert Stadium. The Bearcats were looking for some revenge from last year’s 38-24 defeat where they were up 24-17 at the beginning for the fourth quarter. Last week the Bearcats suffered a 34-13 loss at Temple and were trying to use BYU as a measuring stick to get going in the right direction.
The home team got the ball to start the game and made it to the red zone and stalled out for a 23 yard Josh Pasley field goal. The big play on that drive was a 31 yard completion from Gunner Kiel to Devin Gray. Up 3-0, they kept the lead until late first quarter as BYU made a 28 yard field by Rhett Almost.
In the second quarter it stayed knotted up at 3 until a huge flea flicker was executed by Taysom Hill to Jona Trinnaman for 43 yards, if the throw was better it would’ve been since. It didn’t matter because a few plays later Hill ran it in from 8 yards out to take the lead. BYU up 10-3 with less than a minute left the Bearcats got the ball back, but took a need much to the dismay of the fans in attendance as you heard the boo birds.
First half notes: BYU is dominating time of possession 19:02 to 10:58, UC is 1 of 7 on third down, Tyrell Gilbert and Mike Boone was injured during the game.
The third quarter was dominated by BYU, they drove right down field on the first drive of the quarter. It was capped off by a 1 yard touchdown run by Squally Canada. The Bearcats down 17-3, they drove to the red zone, but two negative plays in a row led to a missed 39 yard field goal by Josh Pasley. The Bearcats never got closer the rest of the game. BYU tacked on another field goal to salt a 20-3 win.
Now 4-5 overall and 1-4 in the American Athletic Conference, bowl talk is the last thing on everyone’s mine, it is scoring a touchdown and trying to win a game.
BYU won the time of possession battle 37:57 to 22:03. The defense held BYU to 337 yards despite being on the field for so long, but allowing 10 of 16 on third down and the offense only converting on 4 of 13 doesn’t help. The Bearcats only tallied 295 yards, will this be fixed soon? That is the big question, until next week Bearcat Insider out!