BEAVERS NOTEBOOK: Catchings back for UC?

WR DARRELL CATCHINGS is back snagging passes and the Rodgers brothers have accounted for 67-percent of the team's offensive output. For the first time in over 30 years a ranked non-conference foe will visit Reser Stadium - the last time that happened, the Men in Black were victorious.

MOVING UP: With his 198 yards Saturday QB Sean Canfield is now ninth on the school's career passing list with 3,055 yards. He needs 45 yards to move pass Alvin White (1973-74) into eighth place.

OPPONENT LOOKAHEAD: Cincinnati amassed 578 yards of total offense as the Bearcats breezed by Southeast Missouri State 70-3 in the friendly confines of Nippert Stadium. WR Mardy Gilyard tallied four touchdowns scoring on a punt return, a run and a catch (twice). Cincinnati's defense limited SEMO to just 176 total yards and 2.6 yards per play.

A WHOLE LOT OF RODGERS: The Rodgers brothers have accounted for 91% of the team's rushing total and 50% of the team's receiving yardage. The duo have combined for 548 receiving and rushing yards or 67% of the team's total.

NON-CONFERENCE: If the Beavers defeat Cincinnati it would be the first time the Beavers won its first three games since 2002.

INJURY UPDATE: WR Darrell Catchings (hand) caught passes Sunday for the first time in almost a month, but probably won't play against the Bearcats. DT Brennan Olander (knee) started practicing last week and is expected to play against Cincinnati. CB Keynan Parker (shoulder) will have surgery. WR Ryan McCants (knee) may start practicing this week.

RANKED: The No. 21 Bearcats will be the first non-conference ranked opponent to play in Reser Stadium since BYU in 1977. OSU beat the No. 13 Cougars 24-19.

CONTROVERSY?: Despite K Justin Kahut missing another extra point, there is no kicker controversy - Kahut is still the man.

“The good thing is Kahut got to come back and redeem himself in a big way in a tough situation,” coach Mike Riley told The Gazette Times. “A kicker, every time has to go out and do it. Whatever is the past and future is, what’s happening now is what’s important.

"He has to go out there and still make the play. He has been able to do that. There’s no doubt about him being the guy.”

NUMBER ONE: After completing 72% of his passes against Portland State and 80% versus UNLV, Canfield now leads the FBS in pass efficiency at 78.6. In two games he has completed 33 of 42 attempts for 356 yards three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

HE'S ON IT: The Beavers were flagged three times, two times in the fourth quarter, in the second half for 12 players on the field, but Riley says there is nothing to worry about.

“It’s part of our rotation in defense, part of our personal groups,” Riley said. “That’s the first time it bit us. We’ve never had that problem. We will iron out this stuff. We’ll do better next week by far than we were.”

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