Southeast Missouri State Recap

On the surface, a 56 point win would seem pretty satisfying, but despite the lopsided victory, Coach Kelly still had some areas of concern.

-In his post game press conference, Coach Kelly said he was unhappy with his team's tackling and decisions.  He cited the Bearcats defense jumping offside in a 4-th down and short situation.


-Ben Mauk got his Bearcat career off to a pretty solid start completing two-thirds of his throws (18-27) for 244 yards and two touchdowns.  The one negative was the interception in the first quarter.  Ben took an early hit on his shoulder during a scramble and dispelled any doubts about his health when he popped right up.  Tony Pike also acquitted himself very well by going 6 for 9 for 57 yards and a touchdown.  Pike also ran for 67 yards.


-The Bearcat defense really attacked SEMO's quarterback, Victor Anderson.  Angelo Craig showed he's going to be a problem for opposing quarterbacks when he recorded the first sack of the year in the 1-st quarter.  The other Bearcat defensive end, Anthony Hoke, followed Craig's sack with one of his own only minutes later.  Then Haruki Nakamura and Adam Hoppel split a sack with 2 minutes to go in the quarter.


-One of the negatives was a Greg Moore fumble in the 1-st quarter.  Since his sophomore season, Greg had done a much better job of holding onto the football.


-Subbing for a suspended Terrill Byrd, senior Jon Newton recovered a fumble early in the 2-nd quarter.


-Marty Gilyard had a nice return to football with 8 catches for 134 yards and one touchdown.  As we've been saying, Marty is the closest thing the Bearcats have to Derrick Stewart.


-I was surprised when DeAngelo Smith dropped a sure interception in the 2-nd quarter.  I've been saying DeAngelo has the best hands on the defense, but Mike Mickens was the cornerback that got a pick and returned it for a TD last night.


-I was very surprised when Coach Kelly chose to try and throw the football late in the half with the ball inside his own 20-yard-line.  The incomplete passes stopped the clock and allowed SEMO a punt return, but Kevin Huber hit a great punt that essentially ended the half.


-True freshman offensive tackle Sam Griffin will not redshirt this season unless he gets hurt because Sam saw time on the field in the opener.


-Jacob Ramsey had Bearcats fans in awe as he ran 16 times for 76 yards and two scores.  Jacob is making it tough for the staff to keep him off the field.


-Place kicker Jake Rogers missed two PAT's and a 47 yard field goal.  Brandon Yingling took over the kicking duties in the second half and did better but also missed a PAT.  After the game, Coach Kelly made it clear that he was not happy with Rogers.  Next week's game against Oregon State might well come down to a kick so this situation is already critical.


-Three star Trotwood linebacker, Doug Rippy, a Nebraska commit, attended the game along with Ram teammates Domonick Britt and Jamiihr Williams.


-Bearcat commit Evan Davis from Colerain also watched the game with future UC teammate J. K. Schaffer.  Davis has been moved from defensive tackle to offensive center this week for Colerain's game with Hoover High School at Nippert Stadium.  Schaffer will be playing on the Nippert Stadium turf again this week right before Colerain's game as the Lancers play Indianapolis Cathedral at 11:30 a.m.


-Ike Iloegbu from Harmony Community school attended the game with several Harmony teammates including quarterback Sean Patterson, a graduate of Toledo St. John Jesuit.  Iloegbu has also verbally committed to the Bearcats.  Harmony plays Erie Community College at Summit High School on Saturday at 3 o'clock.

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