Sep 6, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Munchie Legaux (4) runs for yardage during the first half against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
Can Munchie play well enough for this team to win the Big East? Who will replaces Isaiah Pead as head play maker? Can this team reload up front? How will this exceptionally young team react in their first game?* These are all questions that were bandied about as legitimate points of discussion for the Bearcats this season. None of them are emphatically answered by any means, but tonight went along way to answer some of them, and the answers are for the most part positive.
* The answers so far are yes, RDA4, yes on both sides of the ball, so far so good.
Make no mistake about it, Pitt is a bad Football team that is in for a long, brutal season. But the Bearcats handled their business exactly the way I wanted them too. The Bearcats attacked from the onset on defense and really controlled the point of attack. The Bearcats weren't perfect, there were consistency issues with the receivers, Munchie still has a ton of work to do on his footwork and perhaps most glaringly of all the defense really struggled to maintain gap control against the run. In short this is the perfect way to open a season. This game, this performance in front of that crowd will give the players a ton of confidence moving forward. But there were plenty of mistakes made that the coaches can hammer home on, and they will knowing this staff. Everyone wins. Except Pitt, Pitt really lost.