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Louisville game awards

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.

Offensive MVP

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.

Defensive MVP

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.

Unsung Hero

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.

  • All great awards Tim. If I may, I'd like to tag on to a few of your points.

    As for the dissappointing travel down the river - I think we have to be realistic about the continued overall state of the economy and a bit of fatigue on our fans' part. Just like our team, our fan base doesn't have the depth we would like, so we have to rely on our starters to play a lot of downs, so to speak. We've gone to three straight significant bowl games and traveled very well on the road over the last couple years. This year, we have 7 home games, including an all-day afair downtown that created some grief for quite a few dedicated folks.

    I was watching the FSU/Boston College game yesterday. FSU has a great history and is currently ranked #15, and yet I saw many empty seats. It's a theme I've noticed in many games I've watched this year. Plain and simply, people have just cut back.

    As for Reuben - add an extra star because many of his tackle were in the open field and saved big gains.

    On Louisville's time out blunder award - this is why I always go nuts when we burn a timeout about 3 plays out of the lockerroom at half, or early in the half when no one knows what they are doing and we have to burn one to save the play clock. Ugghhh!

    On Powell - Dude is a beast. I think we helped him out a couple times by trying to tackle high instead of wrapping him up at the legs. I also think we may have been trying to strip the ball instead of just getting him down when he broke free for the 85 yard TD dash.

  • On the fan traveling note, the team started slowly, many of us had already traveled to NCST, the game was a Friday night; I went but had to buy tickets directly from U of L ticket office, as the decision to go was made the Friday before the Miami game and our ticket office said tickets had been returned; UC was well represented scattered throughout the stadium; I would be more interested in how sales are for the WV game as the team and fans get a big break with 4 of the remaining 6 at home.

  • I understand the economy argument. In fact, one of the people that went with us is unemployed, but I'd counter that Louisville is the easiest/least expensive road trip to make. The last two years, we've done it all in one day.

    The fact that it was on a Friday is also a good point, but the game didn't start until 8 o'clock. Also, the Keg of Nails game in 2008 was actually on a Friday night.

    After seeing how many people travelled to that game two years ago as well as Pitt last year, I hoped these shorter trips would be a regular occurence for UC fans. I guess the fact we were 7-2 when we played Louisville two years ago was a big factor for many, but even at 2-3 this year, we showed signs at the Oklahoma game that we could be good. I thought that game last Friday was every bit as important as the game two years ago.

    There may have been UC fans scattered around Papa John's Cradinal Stadium, but it was absolutely nothing close to what it was two years ago.

    As far as West Virginia, I doubt I'll ever return to Morgantown. My wife has already told me she'll never return so I guess everyone has their reasons for attending or not attending.

    This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Tim Adams 4 years ago

  • Tim Adams said... (original post)


    As far as West Virginia, I doubt I'll ever return to Morgantown. My wife has already told me she'll never return so I guess everyone has their reasons for attending or not attending.

    I feel the same Tim, no more trips to WVU for the posse. The last time we were there was the Minter field goal contest!

    We have made some great road trips with the Cats and will continue to do so. Normally weekday games on national tv are automatic no go choices.

  • colucat said... (original post)

    I feel the same Tim, no more trips to WVU for the posse. The last time we were there was the Minter field goal contest!

    We have made some great road trips with the Cats and will continue to do so. Normally weekday games on national tv are automatic no go choices.

    I remember talking with you guys in the parking lot after that game in 2003, and in your guys' case, the Louisville game isn't nearly as close as it is for fans in Cincinnati.

    I've done the Pitt trip in one day, and I doubt I'd ever do it like that again. It was just too much, but I haven't missed at UC/Pitt game since we joined the Big East. I will add that the long walk back to our car last year at Pitt would have been interesting if the Panthers had won. Their folks were getting pretty chippy as we walked to the stadium.

  • Tim Adams said... (original post)


    I've done the Pitt trip in one day, and I doubt I'd ever do it like that again. It was just too much, but I haven't missed at UC/Pitt game since we joined the Big East. I will add that the long walk back to our car last year at Pitt would have been interesting if the Panthers had won. Their folks were getting pretty chippy as we walked to the stadium.

    Pitt is an easy one day trip for us.

    Our killer driving game was the West Point trip, a loss to the Cadets and then a looong drive home late into the night!

  • As to the Morgantown issues, I think we're going to have to be really careful not to get the same rep. I'm starting to hear more and more stories of episodes at Nippert (and PBS, especially.) I've had to set someone straight, and Mrs. Fubar was disgusted by some "UC fans" at the Oklahoma game. And I heard of a UC fan that spit on a UL fan Friday. Maintaining a great home advantage and raucous atmoshphere without being idiots is an objective folks like us on thie board need to foster.

  • The travel discussion is interesting. I come to each home game from the east side of Cleveland - 255 miles.

    I have done a same day down and back several times - especially when I was younger. I no longer do that. When my wife comes we stay in Blue Ash. Whem another guy and I come we stay in Jeffersonville - an hour north of Cincy.

    Pittsburg is a far shorter trip. Actually I think Morgan Town is also closer - but there are some nasty stories re visiting WVU. I am always saddened when I hear of visitors to UC being disrespected.

    Two years ago I went to Norman for the Ok game. I strolled around wiht my UC gear and was greeted warmly. That was a neat trip. I was hosted by a friend from Oklahoma City - who considers me an honorary Okie.

    Looking forward to Friday night in Cincy!

    Bob

  • This thread has evolved into something else, but sometimes that's what a good discussion does.

    I totally admire any fans willing to buy season tickets and live much more than 90 minutes away. I just think that's beyond the call of duty. You have my respect, Bob, and colucat and 85 have always had it because I was already aware of where they live.

    I may take some heat for this, but I partially blame alcohol for some of the bad behavior by fans. Anyone that knows me knows I am certainly not opposed to drinking, but I see more and more drunkeness at tailgates and the games. Four hours of drinking at a tailgate are followed by several hours of drinking at the game and then quite often more drinking back at the tailgate. Now, most are happy drunks and know how to behave themselves, but some struggle to behave.

    For every altercation, I would be very curious how many involved someone having quite a bit to drink.

    I didn't see any problems at PBS, but I'm not surprised to hear there were some. We had 50% more fans at the game and thousands more were tailgating. I'm not against tailgating, but I think some really struggle to behave properly when they've been drinking for 4+ hours.

  • Why did Stewart play more at linebacker?

    Why are we told to not judge Islam by the actions of a few extremists, but judge all gun owners by the actions of a few killers?

  • fubar said... (original post)

    Why did Stewart play more at linebacker?

    Because they played the base 4-3 most of the game. The most snaps he has played all year.

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