The Boston Red Sox World Series victory may have been the major sports event, but there was also college football. The Cincinnati Bearcats took care of the Memphis Tigers Wednesday night, with a 34-21 victory. The game was televised on ESPN2. Bearcats’ QB Brendon Kay threw for over 300 yards and a TD, RB Tion Green scored two TD’s, and WR Anthony McClung had 98 yards receiving and a TD catch. The Bearcats trailed early 7-0, but stormed into the lead, not looking back.
Cincinnati has now won three games in a row, and improves to 6-2 (3-1 in AAC). Memphis falls to 1-6 (0-4 in AAC).
American Athletic Conference Standings
The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the New York Jets 49-9 at Paul Brown Stadium. The Jets, coming off of a win over New England, never led the entire game. Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for 5 TD passes and 325 yards, and had QB rating of 125.7. WR Marvin Jones caught 4 of those TD passes, having a career day along with 122 yards receiving, and setting a Bengals record for TD catches in a game. The Bengals jumped out to a 14-0 lead, and led 28-6 at halftime. By the 4th quarter, backup QB’s were in the game, as the game was out of reach for the Jets, who trailed 42-9 after 3 quarters. Cincinnati improves to 6-2 and now is ahead by 3 games in the AFC North, while the Jets fall to 4-4. The Bengals will play on Halloween, Thursday night, in Miami against the Dolphins.
AFC North Standings
This week, Bryan Price was named the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Price, who replaces Dusty Baker, was the pitching coach for the Reds from 2010-2013. Reds ownership and upper management were impressed with Price during his interview. Reportedly, two people were seriously considered for the position. Jim Riggleman, manager of the AAA Louisville Bats was also interested in the job. However, Price’s interview was so impressive, he was hired immediately afterwards. Price will inherit a team that finished in third place in the NL Central, but had a 90-72 record and qualified for the playoffs.
Last week the Bengals won 27-24 against Buffalo on Mike Nugent field goal. This week the Bengals won by the same score in the same fashion. Once again Mike “Cat scratch fever” Nugent kicked a game-winning field goal at time expired to give the Bengals a 27-24 victory in Detroit. The Bengals took a lead with a fantastic throw and catch from Andy Dalton to AJ Green. QB Dalton threw for nearly 400 yards and 3 TD. However the Detroit Lions battled back. WR Calvin Johnson was superb, with two TD catches, including an amazing catch on a Hail Mary from QB Matthew Stafford. The catch was made with three defenders covering Johnson, a highlight play. The score tied the game at 24 before Nugent’s field goal. The Bengals improve to 5-2 and have a 2 game lead in the AFC North, while the Lions fall to 4-3 tied for first place in the NFC North.
The Cincinnati Bearcats celebrated homecoming with a 41-16 win over Connecticut. The first play from scrimmage was a 52 yard pass from Brendan Kay. The Bearcats did not look back. Kay threw for 4 TD’s and 300 yards. A Kay TD pass made it 7-0 Bearcats. A field goal by UConn made the score 7-3. Then Cincinnati took over the game with a 42 yard TD pass that commenced a 27-0 run that gave them a 34-3 lead. UConn scored two late TD’s, but the game was already decided, with a 25 point victory for the Cats. Cincinnati improves to 5-2 (2-1 AAC), and UConn falls to 0-6 (0-2 AAC).
The Cincinnati Bengals move into first place in the AFC North with a win over the Buffalo Bills 27-24 in overtime. Bills QB Thaddeus Lewis was impressive in his second start throwing two TD’s. The Bengals took a 24-10 lead into the 4th quarter. But the Bills burst through the Bengals defense, scoring two TD’s to send the game into OT. A Mike Nugent field goal clinched the victory for Cincinnati. Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for 337 yards and 3 TD’s with 1 INT. WR AJ Green aided Dalton with 6 receptions for 103 yards and 1 TD.
Friday night football for the Cincinnati Bearcats is not a typical occurrence. But it was that case during the Bearcats’ 38-20 win over the Temple Owls. On ESPN, believe it or not, UC struggled early, but eventually took over the game. After trailing 13-7, the Bearcats went on a 31-7 run. UC wide receiver Anthony McClung had 7 catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns. UC improves to 4-2, 1-1 AAC, and Temple falls to 0-6, 0-3 AAC. Next for the Cats is Connecticut (Homecoming), next Saturday at Noon.