Boxscore
Cincinnati 34, Connecticut 17
Saturday, December 1, 2012 3:30 PM
Location - Rentschler Field
Attendance - 33112

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Cincinnati 7 7 7 13 34
Connecticut 0 10 7 0 17

Recap


Cincinnati 34, Connecticut 17:
Brendon Kay threw two touchdown passes to tight end Travis Kelce and Kelce threw one to Kay on a trick play as the visiting Bearcats clinched a share of the Big East title for the fourth time in five years.

Kay was 19-for-29 for 245 yards. He threw touchdown passes to Kelce in the first and third quarters and broke free for a 39-yard TD catch from Kelce in the second to give Cincinnati (9-3, 5-2 Big East) a 14-0 lead.

Chandler Whitmer threw for 264 yards and a touchdown for Connecticut (5-7, 2-5) before leaving in the third with an injury. Lyle McCombs had a rushing score for the Huskies, who fell short of bowl eligibility for the second straight year after four consecutive bowl appearances.

After Kay's TD catch, Connecticut scored 10 quick points before halftime on a field goal and a 74-yard touchdown from Whitmer to Ryan Griffin. Kay answered with a touchdown to Kelce on the opening drive of the third, but the Huskies came back with McCombs' 1-yard score to get within 21-17.

Johnny McEntee, who relieved Whitmer, was picked off on Connecticut's first drive of the fourth and George Winn ran it in from 4 yards out on the next play to give the Bearcats a 31-17 advantage with 10:52 left. McEntee was picked off again on a desperation fourth-down try with under five minutes remaining.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Cincinnati won the league outright in 2008 and 2009 before sharing it with two others last season. ... Kelce now has a receiving, rushing and passing TD in his career. ... McEntee, who also relieved Whitmer last week in a triple-overtime win over Louisville, was 7-for-16 for 73 yards.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:33
Cincinnati   TD  Connecticut 0 - Cincinnati 7
2nd Quarter - 11:20
Cincinnati   TD  Connecticut 0 - Cincinnati 14
2nd Quarter - 6:43
Connecticut   FG  Connecticut 3 - Cincinnati 14
2nd Quarter - 5:23
Connecticut   TD  Connecticut 10 - Cincinnati 14
3rd Quarter - 11:24
Cincinnati   TD  Connecticut 10 - Cincinnati 21
3rd Quarter - 0:17
Connecticut   TD  Connecticut 17 - Cincinnati 21
4th Quarter - 12:04
Cincinnati   FG  Connecticut 17 - Cincinnati 24
4th Quarter - 10:52
Cincinnati   TD  Connecticut 17 - Cincinnati 31
4th Quarter - 6:03
Cincinnati   FG  Connecticut 17 - Cincinnati 34
TEAMS

Team Records

  Cincinnati Connecticut
W/L 9 - 3 - 0 5 - 7 - 0
Conference 5 - 2 - 0 2 - 5 - 0

Team Stats

  Cincinnati Connecticut
Score 34 17
First Downs 18 19
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-14
36%
6-for-17
35%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
0-for-2
0%
Total Yards 356 373
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 32-72 29-36
Average/Rush 2.2 1.2
Passing
Comp-Att 20-30 23-47
Passing Yards 284 337
Average/Pass Play 9.2 6.6
Penalties-Yards 7-56 9-79
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 3
Time of Possession 30:39 29:21

PLAYER STATS

Cincinnati (9 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Kay 19/29 245 2 0
T. Kelce 1/1 39 1 0
Connecticut (5 - 7)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Whitmer 16/31 264 1 1
J. McEntee 7/16 73 0 2
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
G. Winn 22 70 3.2 1
R. Abernathy IV 2 7 3.5 0
J. Poteat 4 0 0.0 0
B. Kay 3 -2 -0.7 0
J. Luallen 1 -3 -3.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. McCombs 21 60 2.9 1
S. McCummings 2 4 2.0 0
N. Williams 1 3 3.0 0
C. Whitmer 5 -31 -6.2 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. McClung 6 70 11.7 0
T. Kelce 5 69 13.8 2
G. Winn 3 55 18.3 0
B. Kay 1 39 39.0 1
D. Julian 1 26 26.0 0
A. Chisum 1 11 11.0 0
K. Thompkins 2 11 5.5 0
R. Abernathy IV 1 3 3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
S. Phillips 7 93 13.3 0
R. Griffin 3 85 28.3 1
M. Smith 3 54 18.0 0
G. Davis 5 46 9.2 0
N. Williams 2 38 19.0 0
L. McCombs 2 18 9.0 0
J. Delahunt 1 3 3.0 0