Game Story By: JT Smith
When the Cincinnati Bearcats traveled up to Ann Arbor, Michigan to go into the Big House and face the Michigan Wolverines they were a “huge” underdog and with the Wolverines being ranked No. 8 in the country it was reasonable to expect the Bearcats to be in trouble.
When the game first started Michigan went on a 14-0 run with a 43 yard bomb from Wilton Speight to Kekoa Crawford (busted coverage) and a 26 yard pick six by Tyree Kinnell. Down 14-0, with a few defensive stands and Michigan miscues Mike Boone got the Bearcats on the board with a 1 yard touchdown run, now down 14-7, they only allowed 3 more points going into the half giving them a shot to pull off a huge upset.
Down 17-7, you couldn’t ask much more for a team that was a 34.5 point underdog. In the third quarter Hayden Moore hit Kahlil Lewis for a 10 yard touchdown to bring them within 3 points (17-14), but the Bearcats wouldn’t get any closer, Lewis missed a big reception that had a huge possibility to be a touchdown and Moore threw another pick six.
Things the Bearcats can hang their hats on, this team has fight and the defense played well, they caused two turnovers and held a top tier Big Ten team to 414 total yards. Things they have to work on is protecting the quarterback, the quarterback has to make better decisions and place the ball better and the receivers have to pick up the quarterback. UC can’t beat many teams if Moore is 15 of 40 for 132 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. They were outgained by 214 yards, yes UC only had 200 total yards on offense and were in the game until the fourth quarter on the road.
Jaylyin Minor had a career high 11 tackles on the road.
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Even in defeat if you are a fan of the program you can see the direction of the team and can’t be mad at this effort against a top tier team. Now they must use this game as a building block and get better next week.
The Bearcats are now 1-1 after the 36-14 defeat and will face rival Miami of Ohio for the Victory Bell next Saturday in Oxford.