Saturday, December 3, 2011
Half: Cincinnati 28, UConn 6
By Andrea Adelson
Cincinnati is poised to win a share of the Big East title, and that means West Virginia is likely headed to the BCS.
The Bearcats have a 28-6 lead against UConn thanks to some pretty impressive defensive plays. Walter Stewart had a highlight play in the first quarter, when he simply snatched the ball out of quarterback Johnny McEntee's hands in the end zone for the first touchdown of the game. Stewart was credited with a sack, tackle for loss, forced fumble, fumble recovery and touchdown all on the same play.
Drew Frey also scored a defensive touchdown with an interception for a score. UConn has been unable to move the ball on offense, and has been really hurt by the loss of backup quarterback Scott McCummings, who left the game in the first quarter after taking a hit to the head. The Huskies had been using he and McEntee effectively over the last three games. Without him, Cincinnati has teed off on McEntee, and he has been sacked multiple times.
The Huskies have 64 yards of total offense -- 5 on the ground. Lyle McCombs has 11 carries for 21 yards. Even when the Huskies got an opportunity on a first-and-goal at the 10 off a fumble by Isaiah Pead, they moved backward and had to settle for a field goal.
If Cincinnati wins, the Bearcats, Louisville and West Virginia finish in a three-way tie atop the Big East standings. West Virginia would most likely go to the BCS as the highest ranked Big East team.