University of Cincinnati Vs Austin Peay 9/3/2011

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BearcatNation Domination.
It was a very very hot day in Cincinnati. Over a 100 degrees on the field at game time, but that didn't stop the Bearcats from putting the hurt on FCS school Austin Peay. The game started out with a bang on the opening kickoff where true freshman Ralph David Abernathy took it 60 yards to the Austin Peay 40 yard line. The very next play from scrimmage Isaiah Pead took the zone read action hand off in for a 40 yard run.
Cincinnati followed up that drive with some stout defense of there own. JK Schaffer picked off a deflected Jake Ryan pass to about midfield.

A clutch 4th down throw from Collaros to Sophomore wideout Anthony Mcclung and a big dose of running the ball setup a 14 yard scamper for the Senior halfback Pead.
Pead only played half way through the 2nd quarter and finished up with 87 yards and 2 TD's.
That didn't stop Zach Collaros from joining the scoring party. Zach threw 4 tds in the first half.
The first was a bullet to the new #1 Kembrell Thompkins for 15 yards.

The next was a 40 yard perfect strike on 3rd and 13 to fellow senior Dj Woods. After Luallen subbed in for Collaros and  marched the Bearcats down to the 10 yard line, Zach came in and threw a perfect corner endzone throw to Mcclung. On the insuing kickoff, Witty stripped the ball and recovered it himself with only 27 seconds left in the half. That proved to be plenty of time for Collaros and Mcclung to hook up for the 3rd time on a 30 yard uncontested pass.

The 2nd half showed that the Bearcats had depth. Something that they didn't have last season. True freshmen Jameel Poteat, Ralph Abernathy, and Mr. Ohio Akise Teague showed that they are a force to be reckoned with. Poteat has the ability to come in right away and contribute. Teague scored a late touchdown and of course Abernathy looked great on the lone return.

Some other bright spots include the backup QB play by sophomore Munchie Legaux. He showed a great arm and great speed. Legaux fits perfectly into Butch Jones' option system. His first play from scrimmage after yet another Governors turnover was a 25 yard pass to yet another very talented freshmanu receiver Alex Chism. 3 plays later Munchie optioned left for a 10 yard rushing TD.
JK Schaffer said the were looking for a shutout on defense. The Bearcats didn't get that but definitely didn't disappoint either. The defense held Austin Peay to just 10 points. And thanks to that defense and special teams, the Bearcats took the ball away 6 times. That's a great sign seeing turnovers were a huge thorn in their sides in the 2010 season.
It was great to see the Bearcats dominate again. Even though it was an FCS school where they don't have one player on scholarship. To play your first team for just one half and still score 72 points is pretty impressive. Bring on the Vols. Cincinnati will take on the Tennessee Volunteers at 3:30 on ESPN 2

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Stats: SI