Cincinnati 23, Delaware St. 7
George Winn ran for a career-high 147 yards on Saturday night,
helping Cincinnati overcome six turnovers – four of them by
quarterback Munchie Legaux – for a 23-7 victory over Delaware
Cincinnati (2-0) didn’t turn the ball over during an opening
34-10 win over Pittsburgh, but repeatedly wasted scoring chances by
getting careless against the Hornets (1-2).
Legaux threw an interception in the end zone and fumbled at the
Delaware State 11-yard line on the first two drives of the second
half. He also underthrew a long pass that was picked off, and
fumbled when he was hit while trying to pass.
Legaux was 20 of 27 for 208 yards with a pair of touchdowns to
go with the four turnovers. Receiver Anthony McClung fumbled at the
1-yard line after a long catch-and-run to thwart another
The Hornets had played only two games previously against schools
currently in the Bowl Championship Series, beating Gerry Faust’s
Akron team 52-26 in 1987 and losing at Michigan 63-6 in 2009.
Nick Elko, who entered the game leading the Mid-Eastern Athletic
Conference with 227 yards passing per game, was 18 of 36 for 151
yards with an interception and two sacks.
The Bearcats’ turnovers undercut their running game and kept it
Cincinnati stayed in control with a tough defense – Delaware
State didn’t get closer than the 39-yard line until the fourth
quarter – and a diverse running game. Winn carried four times for
43 yards on Cincinnati’s opening drive, and Jameel Poteat ran the
final yard for a 6-0 lead – the point after was wide right. The
Bearcats ran for 168 yards in the half.
McClung turned a short completion into an 8-yard touchdown play
by slipping out of the grasp of three defenders – one of the game’s
best plays. He also had its worst, going 36 yards with a pass
before Joe Boyd caught up with him at the 1-yard line and forced a
fumble that rolled out of the end zone for a touchback.
The Bearcats got a break when Delaware State’s Rashawn Barrett
dropped a potential interception in the end zone late in the first
half. Two plays later, Legaux threw an 11-yard touchdown pass that
made it 20-0 at the half.
One of Cincinnati’s concerns after the opening win over
Pittsburgh was Legaux’s trouble to complete routine throws. He was
only 2 of 3 for 5 yards with an interception and a fumble during a
scoreless third quarter Saturday. The offense’s struggles prompted
loud boos from the crowd of 27,112.
The Hornets didn’t get closer until the Cincinnati 39-yard line
until Malcolm Williams broke a 60-yard touchdown run with 11:41
left. Williams finished with 120 yards on 20 carries.
The Bearcats finished it off when Elko was sacked and fumbled at
the Delaware State 44-yard line. Winn’s 15-yard run set up Tony
Miliano’s 23-yard field goal with 54 seconds left.