GAME RECAP BY J.T. SMITH
Saturday evening the Cincinnati Bearcats invited AAC foe No. 25 UCF Knights to Nippert Stadium to play under the lights. Fresh off of two losses in a row Cincinnati was looking for their first conference win of the season against a team that’s ranked in the Top 25.
The game didn’t start well for the home team, soon as you looked up they were down 14-0 within five minutes. McKenzie Milton led the charge against the Bearcats defense he was 16-for-19 passing for 374 yards and 5 touchdowns. He had touchdown passes of 54, 79, 21, 41 and 22 yards. Wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith had 5 receptions for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also had one rush for 5 yards and a touchdown. Just imagine UCF put up 51 points with a whole quarter left in the game.
The defense couldn’t keep UCF in front of them, missed tackles and blown assignments all night. The defense was considered the strong point of this team in the beginning of the season, but is the time on the field starting to catch up to this group?
Hayden Moore had one of his better games during three quarters he was 23-for-40 passing for 278 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Moore also had 13 carries for 75 yards and 2 touchdowns. Bearcats fans still want to see Moore’s completion percentage to rise, but Saturday he played pretty well considering how fast UCF come out the blocks.
Because of lightning and serious rain the game was delays for over an hour and after the length of the delay and that the game had been played into the second half AAC officials called the game. Honestly, it was probably best for the Bearcats as they were down 51-23 which ended up being the final score.
It was a rough night for the home team as they are now 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the AAC. They will travel to USF next week to battle another Top 25 team. Will they be able to break their three game losing steak in Florida?