Run and Shoot: Too-Much-To-Bearcats

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. - This one had its moments, but Cincinnati has defeated Rutgers, marking back-to-back losses for the Scarlet Knights for the first time since November '05 and keeping the Bearcats defeated under Brian Kelly, 28-23.

I'll have more thoughts after the press conferences, but here are a few quick notes to tide you over until then.

Player of the Game: Ben Mauk, Cincinnati. The senior signal-caller made the plays he needed to make. His mistakes gave Rutgers more opportunity to win this game than they might have had otherwise, but he ran the Bearcat offense very effectively, throwing touchdown passes to three different receivers, making things happen with his feet when he needed to, and showing the poise that is generally expected of a senior quarterback.

Play of the Game: Andre Revels intercepts Mike Teel at the Rutgers 30. That set up the pass to Marshwan Gilyard and gave Cincinnati an eight-point lead and a world of momentum. The instant points off of a turnover are a big stunner, and it can be tough for a team to recover from that kind of emotional blow. In addition, if Rutgers gets further on that drive than one play, this could easily be a different ball game.

Next Up: Rutgers travels to Syracuse for a noon game next Saturday, while the Bearcats return home to welcome a struggling Louisville squad to Nippert Stadium next Saturday at 7.

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