Sunday, September 28, 2003

Notes: UC's Hall dismisses numbers in loss


Wyoming grad totals 222 yards

By Bill Koch and Dustin Dow
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Photos of Saturday's game
OXFORD - University of Cincinnati running back Richard Hall accounted for 222 of the Bearcats' 378 yards.

Hall, a junior from Wyoming High School, rushed for 161 yards on 25 carries, including a 50-yard run.

He was also UC's best receiver with six catches for 61 yards.

The 161 rushing yards were the most since Robert Cooper gained 204 against Memphis in 1999.

But his individual performance did little to ease the hurt of the loss for Hall.

"I didn't know I had that many yards until I came in here and looked at this page," Hall said. "It really doesn't matter. I didn't come up here to gain 161 yards, I came up here to get that bell back and we didn't get it."

Said UC coach Rick Minter: "Richard is a champion. He's really coming into his own. He's getting better each week."

BAD HANDS: UC's wide receivers continue to have a difficult time hanging onto the ball. The Bearcats dropped five passes Saturday, four by wide receivers. There were also several other passes that could have been caught, but weren't.

"It's a little bit frustrating," said UC quarterback Gino Guidugli, "but they'll eventually come around and start making plays."

Minter isn't quite as patient.

"The biggest difference in the game was the ability to catch the football," Minter said. "Their receivers were open and caught the ball. Our receivers were open and dropped the ball."

Guidugli completed 17 of 39 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns. He threw an interception on a desperation fourth-down play that was his first interception of the season.

PICKED OFF: Miami quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw two early interceptions Saturday and three for the game, but didn't lose his composure as he did in the RedHawks first game of the season against Iowa, a 21-3 loss.

"You make mistakes, but it's how you come back from them," Roethlisberger said. "A lot is the maturity factor. Instead of coming off and being mad and throwing my helmet, it's how can I learn, what did I do wrong, how can I improve next time. That's the thing you have to do at the quarterback position."

After he threw interceptions on Miami's first two possessions, Roethlisberger came back to lead the RedHawks to 28 straight first-half points.

TURF TEST: Saturday's game at Yager Stadium was Miami's first home game of the season, which gave the team its first chance to test the new FieldTurf, installed to replace natural grass.

"I like the turf because the (weather) conditions don't play a factor," said Miami receiver Michael Larkin, who caught five passes for 40 yards.




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