Horrific Start Buries Bearcats In Belk Bowl

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Stop me if you have heard this before, but a slow start to the game in the first quarter finds the Bearcats in a double digit hole before the first quarter is out. A valiant comeback falls short as small mistakes become big problems and the Bearcats lose.

Given the injuries and the rust that Brendon Kay was going to have after not practicing for three weeks a slow start was all but assured once again on offense. What happened has a lot in common with the USF loss, right down to the two non offensive scores for the Tar Heels, three if you want to count the safety in that total.

The hole was simply too much for the Bearcats to overcome. This was an unfortunate way for the career of Brendon Kay to end with him playing, by far, his worst game of the season. The future is bright for this team however. Three starters return on the offensive line, and the entire receiving core returns, the one exception being Anthony McClung. Shaq Washington has blossomed into a real weapon. All the running backs return. There are questions at the two guard spots, but if Gunner Kiel can live up to the recruiting hype the Bearcats will be a formidable offense in 2014.

The defense returns two studs at end in Silverberry Mouhon in Brad Harrah. Nick Temple has been a revelation at outside linebacker, Jeff Luc will move to his more natural inside spot and Northwestern transfer Eric Wilson will probably start at the other OLB spot. In the secondary the bearcats have a real stud in Zach Edwards. This is a disappointing end to the year, but the future looks good.

Now, if you will excuse me I will go watch the saddest movie I can find on netflix

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