I, like most Bearcat fans, experienced one heck of an emotional roller coaster over the course of Saturday night when Cincinnati faced the West Virginia Mountaineers. After two days of being able to process everything that happened and come back down to Earth, let's take a look back at the Bearcat's biggest win of the year.

If you tuned in even just a minute late Saturday night then you missed one the most exciting plays of the week in all of college football. When Marshwan Gilyard caught the opening kickoff about two yards deep in his own end zone, a flurry of "Here we go!", and "Let's do this!", etc. could be heard shouted by the group of friends that had gathered at my house to watch the game. One fairly conservative friend of mine pleaded with Gilyard , "Take a knee, just take a knee."

It was one time where my friend was happy to be wrong, as Gilyard went the full 100 yards of the field to score the game's first touchdown. So much for the slow start Bearcat fans were worried about. We were ahead 7-0 and Tony Pike hadn't even taken the field.

Factor in West Virginia being held to two three and out's to start offensively and I, like most Bearcat fans, am on top of the world.

As soon as John Goebel threw the ball back across the field to Tony Pike, my entire house held its breath. Something big was brewing. I had flashbacks to the Bengal's 2005 playoff game where the Steelers ran almost the exact same play. As the ball sails towards a wide-open Kazeem Alli, a guaranteed touchdown is all I have on my mind. The ball then sails through the fingertips of Alli's outstretched hands. My heart sinks. The Jake Rogers field goal took away some of the pain, but I remember thinking to myself, "I hope we don't end up needing those four points." I hate it when I'm right.

Wait, I'm sorry, did anything actually happen in the third quarter??? Eight punts, one lone first down, the defenses were in sole control. Holding a 20-7 lead, I wasn't too terribly concerned. Everyone was saying West Virginia was a third quarter team, and the UC defense was shutting them down. At this point I am still riding an emotional high thinking that with this win we'll be on our way to a Big East title. And we are in Morgantown, no less, holding Pat White and Noel Devine to a season low rushing total.

The Cincy defense continues to hold White and Devine to a tough time rushing the ball, and twice WVU turns the ball over on downs inside the UC five yard line. Standing at their own six yard line, the Bearcats elect for All-American punter Kevin Huber to waste as much time as he can standing in the back of the end zone before stepping out of bounds and taking the safety. This sparked a debate between my group of friends on whether or not it was the right thing to do. The punt advocates claimed that when you have an All-American like Huber you let him do his thing, but a larger majority of us agreed with head coach Brian Kelly's call. You cannot risk punting from your own end zone, having it blocked, and giving West Virginia a touchdown. It was an erroneous debate anyways, we all thought, as there was just 71 seconds remaining in the game. I hate it when I'm wrong.

Pat White throws four completions in seven attempts and takes the Mountaineers 61 yards in 53 seconds for a touchdown. With no time to run the ball, White is getting it done through the air. A 15-yard personal foul on top of a 23-yard Dorrell Jalloh reception gave WVU a first-and-goal on the UC nine yard line. Jalloh also brings in the two-point conversion, bringing West Virginia to within just three points. My friends and I still think all of this is erroneous as there is NO WAY the Mountaineers could possibly recover the onside kick, certainly not against our hands team. I hate it when I am wrong.

"At least they don't have any timeouts," I say to my friends. A 21-yard pass, again to Jalloh, puts kicker Pat McAfee 52 yards away from sending this game into overtime. McAfee ties his career-long, and the collective heart of my house sinks to its knees. Nobody says a word; we cannot believe what is happening. I feel as though I might cry if we lose this game, after leading 20-7 just over a minute ago.

UC wins the coin toss, a small victory. Thankfully, White and the Mountaineers completely abandon the passing game that got them into the overtime period in the first place, and go back to running the ball. They collect a first down and Devine gets them 18 yards on the ground overall in the OT period, but again it's McAfee putting the points on the board, not White. The Bearcats can beat the Mountaineers in Morgantown with a touchdown on this drive.

Tony Pike gets right to business. Ten yards to Dominick Goodman. A roughing-the-passer penalty is met by a barrage of boo's in Morgantown and a flurry of hooray's in my house. Seven yards away from the win. Jacob Ramsey picks up five of them on the next play. I honestly thought he was going to break it all the way in, but it wouldn't be so. Then, before the ball is snapped for the next play, my same friend that wanted Gilyard to take a knee in the end zone on the opening kick off says, "Connor Barwin's in, play action pass to the tight end!"

Again, he was wrong. But he wasn't off by much. Tony Pike play action passes to the tight end on the other side, Kazeem Alli. No one cares about the catch he missed on the trick play earlier.

Pandemonium breaks lose. My house erupts in screams, praise, applause. It's madness. My roommate arrives home from work amidst the celebration. He has no idea what's just happened, and he gets barraged by about seven different stories of the game's events at once.

They've done it. Our Cincinnati Bearcats just beat the power of powers in the Big East, the West Virginia Mountaineers. WHAT A GAME.

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