Saturday, September 15, 2012
Cincinnati overcomes mistakes to win
By Andrea Adelson
This is not the type of performance out of Cincinnati that coach Butch Jones wanted to see.
A week after an impressive opening victory over Pitt, the Bearcats made way too many mistakes in a 23-7 victory over Delaware State. Cincinnati had six total turnovers -- including three in the red zone; four belonged to starting quarterback Munchie Legaux, who threw two interceptions and fumbled twice.
It could have been uglier -- Cincinnati had three fumbles that it successfully recovered, including one in the red zone late in the game that led to a field goal instead of a touchdown.
Jones played Legaux and his starters on offense for the entire game, something he probably never expected to do going into Saturday. After jumping out to a 20-0 halftime lead, Cincinnati managed a field goal the rest of the way.
On the bright side, Cincinnati did rush for 259 yards and relied on its ground game for most of the second half. George Winn had 24 carries for 147 yards.
One injury to note: starting receiver Anthony McClung left the game with a right elbow injury. Cincinnati has another bye next week, then plays Virginia Tech at FedEx Field on Sept. 29 ... the same Virginia Tech team that lost to Pitt on Saturday. That would be the same Pitt team that Cincinnati beat handily last week.