Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Munchie Legaux scored three touchdowns and
the Cincinnati Bearcats' defense came up huge in a 52-14 dismantling of in-
state rival, Miami-Ohio, at Nippert Stadium.
Legaux completed 13-of-23 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns for the
Bearcats (4-0), while adding 22 yards and a score on the ground. Cincinnati
gained 272 rushing yards, paced by George Winn's 128 yards on 16 carries. Winn
added two touchdowns as well.
RedHawks' (3-3) quarterback Zac Dysert, who is coming off the first 500-yard
passing and 100-yard rushing game in FBS history in a win over Akron last
week, threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns on 25-of-49 passing. He was also
intercepted three times.
Dysert got off to a hot start, completing 4-of-5 passes on the RedHawks'
opening drive, including a 19-yard touchdown strike to Dawan Scott. A botched
snap on the extra point try left Miami with just a 6-0 lead.
After forcing a Cincinnati punt, Miami took over looking to extend its lead,
but they were bit by the turnover bug. First, a forced throw from Dysert was
intercepted by Camerron Cheatham and returned 68 yards for a Bearcat
touchdown. Another errant throw from Dysert on their next possession was
picked off by Deven Drane and returned 33 yards to Miami's 15-yard line. Two
plays later, Legaux rolled out to his left and found a wide open Danny Milligan
to take a 14-6 lead.
Winn gave Cincy a 21-6 lead early in the second quarter, capping a 10-play
drive with his six-yard touchdown run. But his biggest play of the half came on
the Bearcats' next drive. Pinned down at their own two-yard line, Winn broke
through the hole for a 57-yard gain. The tailback then carried three more times
for another 23 yards on the drive, setting up a Tony Miliano 24-yard field
Dysert regained his composure late in the second quarter, throwing a 10-yard
touchdown pass to Nick Harwell at the 2:05 mark. He then battled his way into
the end zone on a broken play to convert the two point conversion. Cincy had a
chance to add points at the end of the half, but two penalties for 25 yards
halted its drive, and it went into the break leading 24-14.
The Bearcats came out firing in the second half, scoring touchdowns on all
three of their third quarter possessions while keeping the RedHawks off the
board. First, Legaux hit Travis Kelce for a 19-yard score, his first touchdown
reception of the season. Then Winn scored his second touchdown midway through
the quarter. Legaux scored on a draw from one yard out with 1:11 remaining in
Tion Green added his first career rushing touchdown early in the fourth
quarter to complete the route.
While Miami still leads the all-time series, 59-51-7, Cincinnati has now
outscored them 161-30 in the last four meetings. The Bearcats have won seven
consecutive games dating back to last season.
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