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Top 20 Performances for 2015 Cincinnati Football: No. 4 Chris Moore & No. 3 Shaq Washington

A pair of senior wide receivers check-in as we approach the end of our countdown.

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Shaq Washington and Chris Moore, both wide receivers for the Bearcats, achieved the No. 3 and No. 4 performances for the 2015 season in Cincinnati. Both of them helped contribute to a productive offense for the Bearcats.

Washington finished with 970 yards and six touchdowns in 2015. His 970 yards ranked 30th in the country. He improved in virtually every category from 2014, where he caught four touchdowns and amassed 761 receiving yards. In 2015, he got his first touchdown in the second game of the season against Temple. However, his highest production of the season started two weeks later at Memphis, where he amassed over 100 yards in three straight games. At Memphis, he caught 120 yards and a touchdown. The next week against Miami, he caught for 106 and continued the momentum the next week against BYU, where he contributed 103 yards of offense.

Two weeks later, he caught two touchdowns in a blowout win against UCF, but his finest performance of the season would come in the regular season finale against East Carolina. He logged 15 receptions in that game, a single-game school record, as well as 124 yards and a receiving touchdown. Down 10-0 in the second quarter, Washington caught an eight-yard touchdown pass to give the Bearcats their first points of the game. Later in the game, during the fourth quarter, Washington caught another pivotal eight-yard pass. This time, it was for a key conversion on third down to help move the chains. The drive would result in the game-winning field goal.

Washington had a quiet game in the Hawaii Bowl, with only two receptions for 11 yards, but he still put together an exceptional regular season.

Moore also put together a very strong season, amassing 870 yards and seven touchdowns. Like Washington, Moore put together his strongest performance of his college career this year. Though he started off with two quiet games, he caught his first touchdown against Miami (OH) in a 37-33 shootout. In that game, Moore would catch a 14-yard touchdown right before the end of the first half to give the Bearcats a 24-23 lead. He would have an even better game the next week at Memphis, finishing the game with a season-high 153 yards receiving, as well as his second touchdown of the season.

Moore would have three more games where he put up over 100 receiving yards, including a game at Houston where he scored two touchdowns and amassed 140 yards receiving. Moore would be limited to one reception in the Hawaii Bowl, though it went for 47 yards.

Both Moore and Washington had strong 2015 campaigns and were major contributors to a strong offense for the Bearcats in 2015.