Saturday was one of many first for the University of Cincinnati Bearcat football program and Bearcat Insider. The day started with great weather and die-hard Bearcat fans who couldn't make the trip to New York wanted to root their team to victory in style.
As posted on the message board, Bearcat Insider traveled to one spot Bearcat fans can call home.
Perry Brandt is a Bearcat fan. His bar has become a second home for many Bearcat fans over the years and Saturday those who know Perry also knew he would be watching the Cats battle Syracuse. When Bearcat Insider arrived the party had already started. Cooking on a grill was eggs and more for those who came early. On the outside patio Perry has build an area with a large screen television and table and chairs, while the weather was cool early, the sunshine gave you the feel of tailgating and allowed you the chance to feel you were at the game. Coming soon on the patio will be a gas heater for those who like to stay a little warmer.
But no one complained when the viewing headed toward the game telecast and the Bearcats looking for their first Big East road victory in school history. With ups and downs all day long, those of us cheering for the Bearcats enjoyed the end results.
What did those at Par's enjoy? Let look at the highs and lows of the day.
Dustin Grutza: The redshirt freshman quarterback looked poised during most of the game. He had his moments, but overall this was a very good performance as Grutza hit on 64% of his passes.
Bradley Glatthaar - Greg Moor: After spending the week with questions about last weeks missed chance at the two, both running backs showed why the Bearcats are deep at this position. Glatthaar gained 69 yards on his 15 carries and Moore picked up 64 on 10. For the day all three of the Bearcats three-headed attack averaged 4.6 yards a carry or more.
Bill Poland: The junior has seen his season be one of not many plays, but his touchdown catch was big in this victory.
Earnest Jackson: Jackson got some Bearcat Insider karma this week and had a big game. The sophomore caught 7 balls for 86 yards. Before it's all over Jackson will have a chance to be a great one.
Chet Ervin: All he did was average 46 yards a kick on the day. Keep in mind he punted 6 times and had one for 55 yards. But the biggest stat of the day was his 4 punts inside the 20.
Dominic Ross: Ross had a great game with his 7 tackles and a half sack.
Anthony Hoke: Hoke also got some Insider karma and placed the hit of the day when the ball was jarred away from the Syracuse quarterback and then picked up by teammate for a score.
Kevin McCullough: All the kid without a scholarship did was make 5 tackles and pick up a loose ball for a touchdown that gave the Bearcats the lead and win. He also had 1.5 sacks on the day.
4th Down Conversions: The Bearcats converted 4th down conversions twice on the day with a fake kick being the highlight.
3rd Down Conversions: On the day the Bearcats were 4-14
Kevin Lovell: It's been a rough year for Lovell. His 37 yard miss could have given the Bearcats a little cushion. On the season Lovell is 2-7 on field goals with his longest coming from 34 yards.
Brent Celek: The player who was expected to have a giant season has not seen the ball much this year. He's got 21 catches for 245 yards and 2 touchdowns. Saturday saw 1 catch for 3 yards.
Overall the Bearcats did a great job coming back after last weeks loss to Louisville and picking up their first Big East road win. With a 4-4 record in hand, the Bearcats will now prepare for West Virginia and a national television audience on Wednesday November 9th.