| From an Oregon State perspective |
Beavers blown out
Not much wrong with Oregon State's well-regarded defense, at least until it didn't matter.
But has anyone seen the offense? ... more from Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune
Another Big East headache
The Big East was again a little too much for Oregon State.
No, make that a lot.
With the Beavers turning the football over seven times to directly set up 24 Cincinnati points - and OSU also had a punt blocked for a touchdown - the Bearcats romped to a 34-3 victory Thursday night before 25,020 in Nippert Stadium and a national television audience ... more from Bob Clark of the Register Guard | Game Report
Beavers can offer only empty threats
As he trotted down the sideline, a camera on wires whizzed along above him. When he dropped in the end zone to stretch, a mini-cam got up close and personal.
Sammie Stroughter returned to action Thursday. It was the Big Story. Which is why the cameras hovered near the Oregon State receiver during pregame warm-ups, capturing his every move ... more from George Schroeder of the Register Guard.
Stroughter has rough return to Beavers
Sammie Stroughter's much-anticipated return Thursday did not go as he and the Beavers had hoped.
Stroughter started for the Beavers and had no catches and two punt returns totaling 29 yards in Oregon State's 34-3 loss to Cincinnati ... more from Jeff Wallner of the Mail Tribune.
A punchless offense
When you depend on the defense to stand firm while the offense comes around, it's not supposed to be a permanent situation.
The offense has to pick up as time goes on ... more from Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette Times | Beaver Notebook
Stroughter sees action in his first game
Sammie Stroughter made his long-awaited decision about his season.
The All-American all-purpose player for the Oregon State football team will play his senior year ... more from Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette Times | Game Recap | Report Card
Easy pickings for Bearcats
As insults go, they were polite and to the point.
"Big East football, baby!" one boisterous fan shouted Thursday night as a tired Oregon State football team filed into its dressing room following an embarrassing, nationally televised 34-3 loss to Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium ... more from Paul Buker of The Oregonian.
Stroughter's comeback a bit rough for
For one play Thursday at Nippert Stadium, it was 2006 again, and Sammie Stroughter was the game-breaker who could turn a contest around with one breathtaking play.
But on a miserable night for Oregon State that ended with a 34-3 loss to Cincinnati, there would be no feel-good comeback for Stroughter ... more from Mike Tokito of The Oregonian.
Inept Beavers sent packing on their
They didn't run the ball. They didn't pass the ball. They were lousy on defense and special teams, too. Oregon State turned the ball over seven awful times, embarrassing itself on national television, which only makes what some of the Beavers did next even more troubling.
They signed autographs ... more from Jon Canzano of The Oregonian.
Beavers beaten by Bearcatss
Freshman Marcus Barnett caught a touchdown pass and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone, helping Cincinnati to a 34-3 victory Thursday night.
The Bearcats (2-0) got a signature win for first-year coach Brian Kelly, who has installed a wide-open, no-huddle offense and tried to inject excitement into a football program that is treated like an afterthought locally ... more from OSUBeavers.com.
| From a Cincinnati perspective |
Defense, Special Teams,
Humidity Doom Beavers
For the past several weeks Bearcat fans have heard from OSU nation about how the great Beaver defense and power running game would wear down the Bearcats. There were a few things Beaver fans didn't quite pay enough attention to when making their predictions for this game.
It's bad enough that a team has to take a five plus hour flight for a game, but when you have Cincinnati humidity waiting for you it becomes much worse. Game time temperatures was in the high 80's, which wasn't' so bad but the humidity was thick and heavy and on the rise by kickoff. As the game wore on it became apparent that the humidity was taking a heavy toll on the Beavers, in the third quarter cramps were setting in and players hobbled off the field in a steady stream to get treatment and stretch ... more from BearCatInsider.com
Defense leads Bearcats to blowout of Oregon
Though Cincinnati's offense never quite got on track, the defense and special teams more than picked up the slack as the Bearcats cruised to a 34-3 rout of Oregon State Thursday at Nippert Stadium.
"Anytime you get a win of this nature, it's important to the program," said UC head coach Brian Kelly. "We're not a top 25 team, but winning this challenge is a first step. Anytime a team plays good defense, physically, opportunistically and well on special teams, you have a chance to win." ... more from Matt Montavon of the Ledger Independent.
Don't look now...
Some of us smart people who sit snugly behind the glass in the free seats above the 50-yard line thought we had UC football figured out: a three-ring, four-wideout circus, headed by ringmaster P.T. Kelly, who never met a passing game or media opportunity he didn't pursue to his advantage. UC football would win hearts and minds by scoring like the basketball team.
Did we mention they have a defense? ... more from Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer
Defense rises to the occasion
This one would be close, University of Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly predicted.
Oregon State was just too good to be blown out.
Kelly was wrong ... more from Bill Koch of the Cincinnati Enquirer
No excuses to steer past Nippert
Offense, it turns out, is more nice than necessary.
With the New UC, we were expecting it in droves and deluges, from all angles, covered in spangles. This, after all, is Brian Kelly's team ... more from Lonnie Wheeler of the Cincinnati Post
This town has a winner
When the University of Cincinnati was sweating through its offseason workouts, with Brian Kelly's grand proclamations echoing off the stadium walls, the team waited for this day.
Facing Oregon State at Nippert Stadium. Meeting a nationally recognized Pac-10 foe. A game everybody in the country with cable could watch. The chance to back up Kelly's words to those who might not believe the Bearcats are a real football team ... more from Josh Katzowitz of the Cincinnati Post
Speed propelled UC defense
On tape, Oregon State could tell that the University of Cincinnati was a quick football team. But when they got to Nippert Stadium, the Bearcats were a notch faster.
"Looking at them on film, they were really quick, they were quite a bit quicker than Utah," said Beavers quarterback Sean Canfield. "It was something we had to adjust to and it we didn't really get used to it too quick." ... more from Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Post.
Bearcats roll past Beavers,
Students rattled the metal signs on the facing of the end zone bleachers while their black-uniformed Bearcats jogged off the field with arms raised in triumph.
The way these Bearcats are playing, this could be just the start of the racket ... more from GoBearcats.com.