Belk Bowl Beatdown for Bearcats

Cincinnati turned in their worst performance of the season against North Carolina and paid for it with a 39-17 beat down. UC fell down 16-0 due to a couple of special teams mishaps, a hole from which they couldn't recover. The game was never close after that. It was really disappointing. It was a disappointing capper on what turned out to be a disappointing season the more I think about it.

With this schedule, going 9-4 isn't that impressive. UC beat 1 team, one, with a winning record. They were hammered by Illinois and North Carolina. They lost to South Florida. The only loss they had that wasn't disappointing, at least by performance, was the Louisville game. Cincinnati cost themselves a share of the conference title with a horrible loss. They weren't really taken seriously after the Illinois game. With the lights on bright, they laid an egg against a decent ACC team. Maybe this is just post lost negativity, but I don't know, this season isn't what it could have been.

Brendon Kay finished his great UC career by completing 15 passes, which saw him finish with the highest total of completions in UC history.  Congratulations to Brendon Kay.

Unfortunately it came during the worst game of his career. Kay was 15-35 for 181 yards and 1 INT. It was the first time in his career that he completed under 50% of his passes. He just wasn't right. It didn't help that the UNC pass rush was in his face all day. The revamped line was awful.

Ralph David Abernathy IV turned in one of his better games of the season. For the first time since Miami on September 21, he broke 50 yards rushing. He had 67 on 13 carries. That included the first Cincinnati TD.

Shaq Washington played a little QB. He ran for 67 yards and a TD. He ran, threw and caught a TD this year. Those were his only 3 TDs. That is really weird.

Between Jeff Luc and Andre Cureton, we saw the most Bearcat stomach in the history of UC football. That's a cool record to set.

This game just sucked. I don't want to talk about it anymore.

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