Know Your Foe: Cincinnati Bearcats

Bryan Shirreffs throws a pass during UConn's game against Syracuse. (Jackson Haggis/The Daily Campus)

The UConn football team will be looking for their first conference win this Saturday when they host the Cincinnati Bearcats at Rentschler Field.

The Bearcats are 3-2 on the season and 0-2 in American play. Saturday will mark the first conference win of the season for one of these teams. Cincinnati is coming off a 45-20 loss at the hands of conference foe USF. The Bulls (4-1, 1-0 The American) will host the Huskies next weekend.

Cincinnati struggled against the Bulls, ending the day with four turnovers but no takeaways of their own. USF racked up a total of 454 yards on the day against the Bearcats, including 228 through the air and 226 on the ground.

On average this season, Cincinnati is allowing 420 yards per game to their opponents while giving up 26 points per game. On the flipside, the Bearcats average 415 yards a game while scoring 26 points per game.

Cincinnati’s rushing attack is a two-headed monster consisting of senior Tion Green and junior Mike Boone. They have rushed for 345 and 247 yards, respectively. Both have accounted for two touchdowns.

At quarterback for the Bearcats is sophomore Hayden Moore. Moore has played in just three games this year but leads the team with 785 passing yards to go along with seven touchdowns.

Moore’s favorite target is senior wide receiver Nate Cole. The Memphis native leads all Bearcats with 30 receptions and four touchdowns. Junior receiver Devin Gray leads the team in reception yards with 344, in comparison to Cole’s 288.

On defense, Cincinnati has hauled in ten interceptions in five games, led by senior safety Mike Tyson with three. Senior linebacker Eric Wilson is the team’s leader on defense; the transfer from Northwestern leads the team with 54 total tackles and three sacks.

Connor Donahue is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at He tweets @conn_donahue.