The 59 year drought ended when the Cincinnati Bearcats finally beat a Big 10 team on the road defeating the Purdue Boilmakers 38-20. The Bearcats set the tone and carried the momentum in all 4 quarters which resulted a W for Cincinnati. The 2 biggest factors that helped Cincinnati win was winning on 3rd downs and turnovers. At one point, the Bearcats converted 10 straight 3rd downs. Line baker Mike Tyson was all over the field as he reeled in 3 interceptions. Alex Thomas and Tyrell Gilbert also had an INT as well. Purdue’s 5 turnovers to Cincinnati’s 0 was just awesome. Maybe this is a foreshadowing on what to expect in future games when Tuberville said he wants this to be a defensive led team. Defense still needs a lot of work though, especially the secondary. They allowed 400 yards passing. If they could keep the opposing team’s offense to 250-300 passing yards a game, I would be happy. Even though they controlled the majority of the game, I was scarred at one point when Purdue came back within 11 in the 4th quarter. In recent history, the Bearcats tend to go neutral mode when they have a significant lead. They need to play all 4 quarters and keep the momentum on their side. Calls by the defensive coaches made me question their play calling. They did not sack the quarter back once and not even attempt to rush him either. If you give a QB time, he will find his receiver. Purdue QB David Blough did that on multiple occasions. Cincinnati’s offense looked much better from last week. Balancing out the run and air attack was equal. QB Hayden Moore was consistent and took care of the football. I think it will get better from here on out.
This week: The win over Purdue was much needed since they need that momentum to carry through for the upcoming game against #6 Houston. This is a really scary match up. However, Houston is only a 7.5 point favorite over the Bearcats. Both teams have their strengths but also have their weaknesses. Big advantage for the Bearcats is this is played at home. Thursday night. ESPN showcase. Doesn’t get any better than this. Bearcats tend to do put up a fight against ranked opponents. One game that comes to mind was when #7 Rutgers face that Bearcats at Nippert back in 2006. Bearcats controlled the entire game winning 30-11. It’s on pace to be a sellout on Thursday night. I also have to add the recent meetings between Houston and Cincy have been really close. 2 years ago, the Beacats won by a touchdown and last year, Houston won by a field goal. I have no doubt that this will be a close game. It’s just a matter of keeping the players healthy and calling the right plays. The players know what’s at stake. It’s up to them if they want the Nation to know about Cincinnati football. I so can’t wait for Thursday night. It will sure be a fun one to watch. Til then. GO BEARCATS!