Cincinnati kept their winning ways going strong with a 28-25 victory over SMU. The Cats were powered by Brendon Kay's right arm yet again. He threw for 299 yards and 2 TDs, with 2 INTs. Most impressively, he was 27-32. His accuracy has been something else lately. His top target was Anthony McClung. McClung had 8 receptions for 97 yards. The big play was a 62 yard TD pass to Mekale McKay. It put UC up 14-10, a lead they never relinquished.
The Cats got something going on the ground for the first time in weeks. Hosey Williams broke out for 90 yards on 14 carries. He converted a huge 1st-20 late. Tion Green had 47 yards and 1 TD, but a costly fumble in the red zone that set up SMU's final score. Jordan Luallen, the Show Off, ran 8 times for 29 yards, including a touchdown.
The defense had some issues. They gave up 451 yards to the Mustangs. Garrett Gilbert was 38-47 for 403 yards and 2 scores. He also ran for a score. He picked apart the UC defense all day long. It wouldn't be surprising if he was drafted.
This could have been a different game if their normally steady kicker Chase Hover performed to his standard. He hadn't missed since week 1. He hadn't missed from 30-39 or 40-49. He missed wide right on his first kick and missed a shorter one right before halftime. Those 3 points turned out to be huge.
SMU also had a terrible break go against them late with the terrible officials. They were called for targeting on an onside kick. It wasn't even close to targeting, but it put UC at the 30. Knowing what happened, UC would have probably run out the clock. I just want to say again the targeting rule is stupid. It has the best of intentions. I like that you can review it. The fact you can't overturn the penalty makes no sense. If it's not targeting, it shouldn't be a penalty.
All in all, this was a pretty solid win. UC had struggles against the first real offense they've seen in months. But they were able to overcome. Good work.
Stats after the jump
Team Stat Comparison
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