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

State.

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

chance.

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

close.

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.