Triple option too much for Bearcats in 42-32 loss
The Cincinnati Bearcats traveled to Annapolis, Maryland to play the triple option masters Navy Midshipmen. This was the first time these two have faced off since 1956 and the third time overall. Navy is now in the American Athletic Conference so it won’t be a 61 year gap for the next matchup.
Navy came out fast striking twice in the first quarter with a 6 yard run by Malcolm Perry and a 19 yard catch by Tyler Carmona. Down 14-0, the Bearcats when on a 10-0 run themselves started by a screen pass that Devin Gray took to the house and a 36 yard field goal by Josh Pasley, 14-10. Navy and Cincinnati matched touchdowns before the half to make the score 21-17.
Linebacker Perry Young missed the first half because of the targeting penalty he got against Miami of Ohio. Running back Mike Boone also didn’t play for the second week in a row due to an injury.
In the second half the Bearcats could get no closer than 4 points, each time it looked like they were making ground the Midshipmen would answer. The Bearcats tied in the turnover battle at 1, but they couldn’t stop the Midshipmen when needed. The time of possession battle was won by Navy 36:51 to 23:09. They also ran for 569 yards on 72 carries. The triple option is hard to prepare for and with a steady diet of it, it just wears down the opposing team. Side note is the Bearcats offense showed signs of life scoring a season high 32 points.
After struggling last week Devin Gary broke out of his slump to become the first Bearcats receiver to go over 100 yards this season with 112 yards, 6 catches and 1 touchdown. Hayden Moore went 28 of 46 passing for 381 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The defense had three players with double digits tackling on Saturday, Carter Jacobs 13, Jaylyin Minor 12 and Malik Clements 10.
The Bearcats are now 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the AAC after losing 42-32 to the Midshipmen, they will face Marshall on Saturday at Nippert Stadium.