The Bearcats managed to keep the Keg of Nails for a third year in a row in the 35-27 win on Friday night, and here are Bearcat Lair’s game awards.
Disappointment of the Game
Compared to a couple years ago, there was a fraction of the UC fans that made the short trip south to support the Bearcats. Cincinnati should never be returning their allotment of tickets for this game.
This award goes to the entire offensive line. Despite the loss of Alex Hoffman, this group cleared the way for the Bearcats to gain 453 yards of total offense and gave up no sacks. When Sean Hooey went down for a play, Evan Davis filled in at center and Jason Kelce moved out to left tackle. When the Bearcats needed to run out the last 4:20 on the clock, they were able to do so, and the O-line got a monster push allowing Collaros to get the game clinching first down on 3rd and one.
Honorable Mention: Armon Binns. The senior receiver continued his stellar play with 8 catches for 175 yards and three scores.
Reuben Johnson brings a great deal of enthusiasm to the field and is just fun to watch. Despite being on the smallish side, the kid packs a big punch. Yesterday he led the Bearcats in tackles with 11 and is becoming a leader on the defense.
Honorable Mention: Walter Stewart. This may have been Stewart’s best game of the year as he recorded 9 tackles including 2 tackles for loss. The Bearcats probably used Stewart more as a linebacker last night than in any other game this season.
Special Teams MVP
Even though he kicked only twice, Patrick O’Donnell averaged 44.5 yards a punt with one inside the 20-yard-line.
Blunder of the Game
Louisville used all three of its timeouts earlier in the second half, and when they needed to be able to stop the clock at the end of the game, they couldn’t.
Offensive Play of the Game
Armon Binns 62 yard TD reception with 9:14 left in the game to extend UC’s lead to 35-27 was a huge play. It came on the heels of a holding call that wiped out a first down run by Pead and was a big momentum changer.
Defensive Play of the Game
Cam Cheatham’s pass break-up near the goal line on 4th and goal for the Cards gave the Bearcats the ball with 4:20 left in the game.
It came on the same play when Cheatham broke up the 4th down pass. Dan Giordano helped to make that play possible by getting pressure in Froman’s face. Because of Giordano’s pressure, the Cardinal quarterback had to throw off his back foot preventing him to get any zip on the ball and allowing Cheatham more time to defend the pass.
Best Opposing Player this Year
With 215 yards on 24 rushes, Bilal Powell gets the nod as the best player the Bearcats have faced this season.