Was that the same Bearcat team on the Ross-Ade stadium field that struggled against UT-Martin? I said that the red and black was going to have to make some adjustments after a closer-than-should-have-been three quarters against the Skyhawks, and it appears that Tuberville and his coaching staff did just that.
Hayden Moore was money, completing 19 of 32 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns against a Boilermaker defense that was coming off a three-interception week. The sophomore tacked on two rushing touchdowns for good measure. Speaking of rushing, UC racked up 262 yards on the day – led by Kahlil Lewis’s one rush for 79 yards on a reverse early in the game. Mike Boone toted the rock 18 times for 78 yards, Tion Green had 16 carries for 53 yards, and Hayden Moore covered 58 yards on his 8 carries. This was a much more impressive offensive show than the week one game – why? It certainly seemed as if the offensive line began to gel and asserted themselves against a decent Boilermaker defense.
Speaking of defense, senior safety Mike Tyson helped deliver the knockout blow with three interceptions (sorry for the bad boxing pun, couldn’t help myself). Tyrell Gilbert and Alex Thomas added interceptions on top of Tyson’s three – making the day very rough for Boilermaker QB David Blough. The defense made the day miserable for Purdue.
Solid all-around performance for Tuberville’s men (giving them the program’s first road win over a Big Ten team since 1957); but, will solid be enough when Houston visits Nippert this Thursday? Expect Nippert to be rocking for Thursday night’s nationally televised tilt against the sixth ranked Cougars. The Cats will need to feed off of the crowd’s emotions to keep things close or even pull off the upset against Tom Herman’s upstarts. What do I expect from this game? You’ll just have to tune in to the next episode of the Bearcats on the Prowl podcast with host James Ernest – we will review last week’s game against Purdue and look ahead to Thursday’s cat fight at Nippert.