Scores

Final

Indiana State 7

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Cincinnati 40

(1-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, September 11, 2010

Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

1 2 3 4 T
INST 0 7 0 07
CIN 3 9 28 040

Top Performers

Passing: Z. Collaros (CIN) - 130 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Goebel (CIN) - 9 CAR, 75 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Binns (CIN) - 3 REC, 59 YDS, 2 TD

Zach Collaros leads Cincinnati's romp of Indiana State

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Zach Collaros threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Cincinnati's wobbly offense finally found its legs in the second half Saturday, pulling away to a 40-7 victory over Indiana State.

The Bearcats (1-1) heard boos at halftime after struggling to a 12-7 lead, their spread offense going nowhere for a second straight game. Collaros directed Cincinnati to touchdowns on all four of its drives in the third quarter.

The two-time defending Big East champions improved to 13-0 at home over the last three seasons, two shy of the school record for consecutive home wins.

Cincinnati's spread offense, expected to score a lot of points in coach Butch Jones' first season after replacing Brian Kelly, evaporated during a 28-14 loss at Fresno State last week. Collaros was sacked eight times in that game, prompting Jones to change his starting left guard.

They acknowledged they needed to get some confidence and get it right against Indiana State (1-1), which is 3-55 over the last six seasons. Cincinnati's next two games are at North Carolina State, then against Oklahoma at Paul Brown Stadium.

In the second half, it finally came together.

Collaros finished 11 of 17 for 130 yards. He also scrambled for 32 yards as Cincinnati's running game got on track. Sophomore Darrin Williams started in place of Isaiah Pead, out with a sore knee, and ran for 117 yards. John Goebel had two short touchdown runs in the third quarter.

Indiana State was coming off a 57-7 win over St. Joseph's of Indiana -- its first season-opening victory in 14 years. The Sycamores haven't won back-to-back games since 2004, and were hoping to stay close until the fourth quarter and have a chance at the upset.

At halftime, they were living the dream.

Cincinnati lost only two fumbles last season, the fewest in the country. Receiver D.J. Woods lost two in the first half on Saturday, including one after a catch that set up Indiana State's touchdown. Ronnie Fouch's 18-yard pass to tight end Alex Jones cut it to 12-7 late in the second quarter.

Not at all what the Bearcats wanted.

Collaros had more time to throw but still struggled to complete anything more than a short pass in the first half, when he went 8 of 13 for 70 yards with one sack.

There were a few boos as the Bearcats headed for the locker room at halftime up 12-7. They'd managed only 150 yards, and two of their points came on a safety.

It was Cincinnati's first game without receiver Vidal Hazelton, who tore up his left knee at Fresno State. Hazelton was one of Cincinnati's best downfield threats, expected to replace the departed Mardy Gilyard as a playmaker.

Something was missing.

Collaros put a spark in the offense by doing a lot of it himself. He scrambled for three straight first downs, then hit Armon Binns down the left sideline for a 29-yard touchdown that made it 26-7. The Sycamores helped Cincinnati pull away, fumbling at their own 10-yard line to set up another score.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
INST
CIN
1st Downs1522
Total Yards254393
Passing161130
Rushing93263
Penalties6-453-40
3rd Down Conversions6-176-12
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Turnovers12
Possession31:2328:37

Passing Leaders

Indiana StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fouch23/381614.210
CincinnatiC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Collaros11/171307.620

Rushing Leaders

Indiana StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bell10676.7050
Gates13403.1013
CincinnatiCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams131179.0023
Goebel9758.3228

Receiving Leaders

Indiana StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Egberongbe33712.3017
Jones33612.0118
CincinnatiRECYDSAVGTDLG
Binns35919.7229
Woods5469.2022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERINSTCIN
FG09:32Jake Rogers 48 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERINSTCIN
TD14:55Armon Binns 16 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Jake Rogers Kick) 010
SF08:11 012
TD02:10Alex Jones 18 Yd Pass From Ronnie Fouch (Cory Little Kick) 712
THIRD QUARTERINSTCIN
TD12:59John Goebel 3 Yd Run (Jake Rogers Kick) 719
TD08:22Armon Binns 29 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Jake Rogers Kick) 726
TD06:57John Goebel 1 Yd Run (Jake Rogers Kick) 733
TD03:03Zach Collaros 2 Yd Run (Jake Rogers Kick) 740