The UC Bearcats took full advantage of their bye week and buried the Herd 52-14 Saturday evening moving them to 3-1 on the season. After getting off to a slow start against Miami (OH) two weeks ago in Cincinnati QB1 Des Ridder looked razor sharp against the Herd early. He’d finish the game early and let Ben Bryant finish up the game after securing a sizable lead. Ridder threw a season-high four touchdown passes, three in the first half and finished 18/22 passing and 221 yards. He also rushed 9 times for 48 yards. Ridder also led the Bearcats on a 19 play scoring drive early in the first quarter.
Tavion Thomas had the most productive day on the field rushing 11 times for 70 yards and a TD.
The Bearcats put up over 500 yards of total offense.
This game seemed to have a little bit of everything. Passing touchdowns, rushing touchdowns, touchdowns by fumble recovery, and of course technical difficulties that prevented us from seeing one touchdown. The Bearcats also saw walk on Michael Kopaygordsky score his first collegiate touchdown.
The defense did what the defense does. Teams not named Ohio State have yet to put up more than 260 total yards on this defense. Marshall was held to a shut out until the 4th quarter in garbage time when the game was already over.
The biggest knock I can put on the Bearcats were the penalties. Coach Fickell said penalties would be a focus during the bye week. It didn’t look like they focused on it very hard after watching the first half of the game.
Since Marshall is in C-USA and C-USA has a deal with Facebook for them to exclusively stream some of their games I had the bright idea of having a watch party. GoBeercats teamed up with The Casual Pint – Mason to give Bearcats fans a place to watch the game, drink good beers, and cheer on the Cats.
We had the game on two TV’s, cold beer, and about 20+ people show up to watch the Bearcats steamroll the Herd. The steam did blackout on us for a minute but thanks to twitter I realized it blacked out for everyone and we all missed the Bearcats’ third touchdown of the game.
The FacebookTV was inconvenient for many fans and the blackout that occurred was more than frustrating. I didn’t get to pay attention to the comments that people could make while watching the game on the feed but I’m sure some of them were priceless. The coolest feature the stream had was the camera on the referees so we could get a shot of the game from down on the field. I would like to see that on a regular TV broadcast of a game.
Overall the watch party was successful and I appreciate the people who came out to watch the game and hangout. Right now the plan is to have another watch part for the USF game November 16th. Of course, I’ll keep you updated on the details as the game gets closer.
Beer of the Game
A showdown with the UCF Knights in Nippert Stadium awaits this Friday night. The Knights put up big numbers on Saturday as well beating the pants off of UConn 56-21 in the final “Civil Conflict” game. #BeatUCF
See you in Nippert.