Scores

Final

Austin Peay 10

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Cincinnati 72

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, September 3, 2011

Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

1 2 3 4 T
PEAY 0 0 3 710
CIN 20 21 10 2172

Top Performers

Passing: Z. Collaros (CIN) - 134 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: I. Pead (CIN) - 7 CAR, 87 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. McClung (CIN) - 3 REC, 48 YDS, 2 TD

Isaiah Pead, Zach Collaros get Cincinnati rolling early in romp of Austin Peay

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Isaiah Pead ran for Cincinnati's first two touchdowns Saturday night, and Zach Collaros threw for the next four -- all in the first half -- leading the Bearcats to a 72-10 victory over Austin Peay.

The Bearcats dominated an Ohio Valley Conference team that has only eight seniors, scoring the third-most points in their history.

Cincinnati scored on six of its seven first-half possessions against a defense that features one senior starter. Pead ran 40 yards for a touchdown on the Bearcats' first play. He also scored on a 13-yard run and finished with 87 yards.

Collaros, the Big East's top returning passer, played only the first half and was 12 of 19 for 134 yards. His 34-yard pass to D.J. Woods completed a 95-yard drive in the second quarter. Collaros also threw a pair of touchdown passes to Anthony McClung in the last 39 seconds of the first half for a 41-0 lead.

Austin Peay is coming off a 2-9 season and has dropped its last nine games overall.

Cincinnati is coming off a 4-8 season that took much of the buzz out of the football program. After Brian Kelly left for Notre Dame, the Bearcats went back to losing games in front of small home crowds.

Their opener in coach Butch Jones' second season was much better, though played in front of a crowd of 23,282. Last year, they went to Fresno State and got beat 28-14 in 94-degree heat, wearing down as the game went along. No such problems on Saturday in 93-degree weather against an overmatched opponent.

Austin Peay has only 18 winning seasons in its 74 years of football. This one started badly.

Cincinnati won the coin toss, and freshman Ralph David Abernathy IV returned the kickoff 60 yards. On the Bearcats' first play, Collaros handed off to Pead and threw a downfield block on safety Amius Smith, opening the way for the Big East's top returning runner to go 40 yards untouched.

The Bearcats had a 14-play, 95-yard drive in the second quarter that left the Governors' defense running on fumes. Collaros threw a 34-yard pass to D.J. Woods, who ran past cornerback Sheldon Wade to make the catch for a 27-0 lead.

The half also ended badly for Austin Peay.

Collaros threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to McClung with 39 seconds left, and Cincinnati recovered a fumble on the kickoff. Austin Peay dropped seven defenders into pass coverage, but Collaros found McClung wide open in the middle of the field for a 29-yard touchdown that made it 41-0.

Cincinnati went with its reserves in the second half.

Austin Peay's Jake Ryan was 16 of 23 for 150 yards with two sacks, a fumble and two interceptions that went off his receivers' hands.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PEAY
CIN
1st Downs1632
Total Yards277561
Passing150174
Rushing127387
Penalties8-583-23
3rd Down Conversions2-105-9
4th Down Conversions1-12-3
Turnovers50
Possession33:0226:58

Passing Leaders

Austin PeayC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ryan16/231506.502
CincinnatiC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Collaros12/191347.140

Rushing Leaders

Austin PeayCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kitts9657.2122
White21643.0025
CincinnatiCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pead78712.4240
Fearing6437.2114

Receiving Leaders

Austin PeayRECYDSAVGTDLG
Stark46115.3036
Adams4266.509
CincinnatiRECYDSAVGTDLG
Woods45914.8134
McClung34816.0229

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPEAYCIN
TD14:42Isaiah Pead 40 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 06
TD08:38Isaiah Pead 13 Yd Run (Tony Miliano Kick) 013
TD02:23Kenbrell Thompkins 13 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Tony Miliano Kick) 020
SECOND QUARTERPEAYCIN
TD10:31D.J. Woods 34 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Tony Miliano Kick) 027
TD00:39Anthony McClung 8 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Tony Miliano Kick) 034
TD00:09Anthony McClung 29 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Tony Miliano Kick) 041
THIRD QUARTERPEAYCIN
FG10:47Tony Miliano 39 Yd 044
TD07:05Munchie Legaux 5 Yd Run (Tony Miliano Kick) 051
FG01:10Stephen Stansell 21 Yd 351
FOURTH QUARTERPEAYCIN
TD13:34Akise Teague 4 Yd Run (Tony Miliano Kick) 358
TD12:16Jordan Luallen 11 Yd Run (Shane Popham Kick) 365
TD08:06Wes Kitts 8 Yd Run (Stephen Stansell Kick) 1065
TD01:10Adam Fearing 14 Yd Run (Shane Popham Kick) 1072