The Bearcats committed four turnovers, but realistically, the two
The statistical battle was pretty even in most areas although the Cardinals easily won the battle for field position throughout the game. Too often the Bearcat offense was faced with going 80 or more yards in order to score. Cardinal punter Gary Goettsche kicked three balls out-of-bounds inside the Bearcat 20-yard-line.
Both clubs committed eleven penalties, but an unsportsmanlike penalty assessed to Dominick Goodman after the first score of the game was particularly harmful. Goodman, who had an otherwise terrific game with 11 catches for 141 yards, dove into the endzone after catching a 24 yard scoring strike from Ben Mauk. The officials ruled the dive to be an excessive celebration and penalized the Bearcats 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff. That penalty meant the Bearcats had to kickoff from their own 15-yard-line, and the potent Cardinals' offense was able to set up shop near midfield. That possession resulted in a 52 yard drive for a game tying touchdown in the first quarter.
Personally, I have trouble interpreting a dive into the end zone as excessive celebration since so many defenders are taught to try and punch the football out when chasing an offensive player from behind. Making that foul a 15 yard penalty seems even more outrageous. Nevertheless, the Bearcats need to understand that the penalty will be called if the officials believe the dive wasn't unnecessary.
The Bearcat defense did manage to put good pressure on
The Bearcat offense just seemed out of sync most of the night while
facing a Cardinal defense that had struggled most of the year. In addition to the two fumbles, there
were too many poorly thrown balls, ill-timed penalties and even some crucial
dropped passes by
Defensively, the Bearcats who were leading the country in generating
turnovers were unable to get any.
Their best opportunity came on a fumble deep in Cardinal territory that
squirted away from the Bearcats and was recovered by a
As mentioned earlier in the week by Bearcat Insider, three high school players that had verbally committed to the Bearcats were making their official visits. Dominique Battle, Darrin Williams and Bruce Horner all attended the game with their parent(s). There were also a number of others who had verbally committed to UC making unofficial visits including Jared Rains, Camerron Cheatham, Patrick Omameh, Dan Giordano and Ike Iloegbu.
Other significant recruits that I saw were junior receivers Jamie Wood
and Patrick White from
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