Sunday, October 24, 2004
Bearcats bounce back
Final C-USA game between rivals a mismatch
By Bill Koch
Enquirer staff writer
Apparently, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats put the last two weeks to good use.
After getting embarrassed at Army on Oct. 9, UC bounced back after an off week to upset Memphis 49-10 Saturday night at Nippert Stadium in the final Conference USA matchup between the two longtime rivals.
"We worked hard at holding onto the ball and we worked hard at tackling and it showed tonight," said UC coach Mark Dantonio. "But it was an emotional thing, too. Nobody likes to be humiliated. I don't want to take anything away from Army, but we didn't play our best football."
The 49 points were the most scored by a UC team since the Bearcats scored 52 points against Miami in 1999. It was also the most UC has ever scored against the Tigers, and the 39-point margin was the largest for either team in the series that dates to 1966.
"We're a team of fighters," said UC defensive end Andre Frazier. "And we showed that today. We had our backs against the wall. The only thing we could do was fight out of the hole."
Only a few thousand fans saw what was easily the Bearcats' finest effort of the season. The announced crowd was 15,092, but that figure was for tickets sold.
Heavy rains that subsided just before game time kept the crowd sparse, but those who were on hand were treated to an impressive display of football by UC (3-4, 2-2 C-USA).
Memphis (5-2, 2-2 C-USA) entered the game with the nation's eighth-ranked offense, but the Bearcats shut down the Tigers in the first half, limiting them to just 50 yards and two first downs.
"We got wore out in every phase," said Memphis coach Tommy West.
The UC offense was nearly perfect in the first half. The Bearcats (3-4, 2-2) scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and totaled 258 yards.
For the game, UC outgained Memphis 420-202, including 242 yards on the ground against a defense that was allowing 86. UC did not commit a turnover.
Quarterback Gino Guidugli completed his first seven passes. He left the game midway through the fourth quarter with 13 completions in 18 attempts for 182 yards and three touchdowns.
"Everybody had kind of a sick feeling in our stomachs after the Army game," Guidugli said. "We wanted to play the next week, but we had a bye. We had a lot of time to prepare for Memphis. We had a good idea of what they were going to do and when they were going to do it."
Richard Hall led UC with 79 yards on 20 carries. He scored two touchdowns.
Freshman running back Bradley Glatthaar scored the first touchdown of his UC career on a 5-yard run late in the first half. Another freshman, Antwan Giddens, caught the first pass of his career for a 22-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter.
Sophomore Mike Daniels returned one punt for 21 yards and another for 34 and rushed for 45 yards on 10 carries.
Memphis quarterback Danny Wimprine, who leads the conference in passing, and running back DeAngelo Williams, who leads the conference in rushing, both were shut down by the Bearcats.
Wimprine, who averages 280 yards per game, was held to 52. Williams, who averages 147 rushing yards, was held to 57.
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