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Cincinnati Becomes Bowl Eligible by Beating Memphis

photo via ESPN/AP

 

Cincinnati beat Memphis by the score of 34-21 tonight. The Tigers were a game opponent, but they didn't have enough firepower offensively to keep pace with the Bearcats. Their defense also couldn't handle Brendon Kay. There are a couple of really good QBs in the American, but Kay is right up there with them. He threw a 27-35, 321 yard, 1 TD, 1 INT performance on the Tigers. He hit Anthony McClung for 98 yards and a TD, including the biggest of the game. Shaq Washington had 11 catches for 96 yards. That was a career high in yards for Washington. Washington has been amazing this season. Tion Green added a pair of rushing TDs. RDA and Jordan Luallen each punched on one as well.

The defense didn't have much a tough task with the Tiger offense. There were good parts and there were bad. Brandon Hayes had a 31 yard rushing TD where no one touched him. But Cincinnati held Memphis to something like 61 yards in the first half. But Memphis' first drive went 70 yards. They were kind of bailed out by the fact Memphis' receivers dropped at least 6 passes. A couple more were overthrown. Deven Drane had a huge INT to set up the McClung score. Jeff Luc forced a fumble that led to the Abernathy TD. They did their job.

With this win, Cincinnati is bowl eligible at 6-2. They are 3-1 in the American, which is important because they have to keep winning and hope Houston and UCF burn.

By the way, the ESPN caption on the photo up top.

Memphis' Jackson Dillon, bottom, brings down Cincinnati's Bennie Coney during the first half of an NCAA college football game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber)

They all can't be winners. Much more in the morning.

Box score from ESPN after the jump

Team Stat Comparison

  CIN MEM
1st Downs 24 15
3rd down efficiency
11-17 2-12
4th down efficiency
0-1 4-5
Total Yards 437 232
Passing 329 140
Comp-Att
29-37 17-33
Yards per pass
8.9 4.2
Rushing 108 92
Rushing Attempts
41 28
Yards per rush
2.6 3.3
Penalties 8-75 7-60
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles lost
0 1
Interceptions thrown
1 1
Possession 33:37 26:23
Cincinnati Passing
  C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Team 29/37 329 8.9 1 1
Brendon Kay 27/35 321 9.2 1 1
Jordan Luallen 2/2 8 4.0 0 0
Memphis Passing
  C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Team 17/33 140 4.2 2 1
Paxton Lynch 17/33 140 4.2 2 1

Cincinnati Rushing
  CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Team 41 108 2.6 4 19
Ralph Abernathy 12 46 3.8 1 19
Jordan Luallen 9 41 4.6 1 13
Tion Green 13 24 1.8 2 7
Brendon Kay 5 0 0.0 0 8

Memphis Rushing
  CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Team 28 92 3.3 1 31
Brandon Hayes 17 73 4.3 1 31
Tevin Jones 1 8 8.0 0 8
Marquis Warford 3 5 1.7 0 17
Paxton Lynch 4 2 0.5 0 6
Jai Steib 3 1 0.3 0 2

Cincinnati Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD LG
Team 29 329 11.3 1 32
Anthony McClung 9 98 10.9 1 31
Shaq Washington 11 96 8.7 0 24
Ralph Abernathy 3 54 18.0 0 32
Chris Moore 3 43 14.3 0 28
Mekale McKay 1 22 22.0 0 22
Blake Annen 1 8 8.0 0 8
Max Morrison 1 8 8.0 0 8

Memphis Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD LG
Team 17 140 8.2 2 16
Alan Cross 3 31 10.3 0 16
Joe Craig 5 28 5.6 0 14
Tevin Jones 3 27 9.0 1 11
Keiwone Malone 2 15 7.5 0 8
Jesse Milleson 1 14 14.0 0 14
Brandon Hayes 2 13 6.5 1 7
Daniel Hurd 1 12 12.0 0 12

 

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