All across social media, the college football pundits weighed in, crowning the Bearcats as one of the nation’s rising teams of 2018.
After endowing the UConn Huskies with a 49-7 beatdown in East Hartford, Connecticut, there is no doubt that the Bearcats are one of the best teams in the G5. Anyone who watched this afternoon’s game knows that this is one of America’s 25 best teams.
Our Cincinnati Bearcats put up 659 yards of total offense, chugging out 320 of it on the ground. Michael Warren delivered blow after blow to the UConn defense, posting 106 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Taylor Boose (7 carries for 56 yards) and Tavion Thomas (10 carries for 56) ate up substantial real estate in relief. The offensive line thumped UConn’s front seven up and down the field for three hours.
Desmond Ridder put up his best performance yet as the Cincinnati signal caller. He completed a Drew Brees-esque 20 of 26 passes for 270 yards before calling it an early evening. Our man Hayden Moore went 3 for 3 in relief for 69 yards.
While the Bearcats only sacked UConn’s David Pindell on one occasion, Cincinnati pressured him frequently and held the Huskies running and passing attacks in check. Cincinnati rarely needed to blitz to generate pressure and could lie in wait for UConn’s forays into the air and on the ground.
The now 5-0 Bearcats have a home date next Saturday at noon against the suddenly feisty Tulane Green Wave. Get to Nippert early. Be loud and be proud. This is the kind of football team that we deserve.