Oct. 19, 2013
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CINCINNATI - Cincinnati quarterback Brendon Kay followed one of his best games with an even better one, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another on Saturday as the Bearcats pulled away to a 41-16 victory over the University of Connecticut football team before a crowd of 28,847 at Nippert Stadium.
UConn falls to 0-6 with the loss and 0-2 in the American Athletic Conference while Cincinnati ups its record to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in The American.
Kay was The American's Offensive Player of the Week for a three-touchdown performance in a win over Temple. He had a hand in four first-half touchdowns on Saturday, helping the Bearcats take control on a cool, rainy afternoon. Kay tied his career high with the four touchdown passes - each to a different receiver - and was 17 of 24 for 300 yards.
UConn freshman quarterback Tim Boyle (Middlefield, Conn.) made his second career start and was under constant pressure. He threw an interception that helped the Bearcats take control late in the first half. Boyle was 22 of 39 in the air for 310 yards with three interceptoins.
Deven Drane tipped Boyle's pass and picked it off, returning it 41 yards to the two-yard line. Kay ran the final few inches on a keeper with 1:31 left in the half.
Boyle was sacked by Silverberry Mouhon as Cincinnati forced a punt, and Kay completed three passes, including a 32-yarder to Max Morrison for another touchdown with 17 seconds left in the half for a 27-3 lead. Boyle was 22 of 39 for 310 yards with the three interceptions, one of them in the end zone.
Connecticut managed only 56 yards of rushing while falling behind 34-3 against a defense ranked sixth nationally in yards allowed and fourth in pass defense.
Kay slightly injured the wrist on his throwing arm when it hit a teammate's helmet on a follow-through in the second quarter. He stayed in the game and threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Blake Annen on the next play, hitting the closely covered tight end in stride.
Kay got his fourth touchdown pass on a quick flip to Anthony McClung, who went 28 yards in the fourth quarter. It was the third time in his career that Kay threw for four TDs.
Jordan Luallen, a running quarterback who comes in for wildcat packages, threw his first career touchdown pass on Cincinnati's opening drive of the second half. He faked a handoff to Kay, who stayed in the game as a receiver and went in motion, and lobbed the ball 27 yards to a wide-open Chris Moore.
The Bearcats nearly had another touchdown in the third quarter when safety Mike Tyson returned an interception 87 yards, but was stripped of the ball at the 7 and fumbled it out of the end zone for a touchback.
The Huskies scored their first points of the game on a 26-yard field goal by senior Chad Christen (Etters, Pa.) that made it 7-3. Redshirt sophomore running back Max DeLorenzo (Berlin, Conn.) scored his first career TD with a 12-yard run in the third quarter that made it 34-10 Bearcats.
UConn's final points came on a 40-yard fumble return by redshirt sophomore linebacker Marquise Vann (Cincinnati, Ohio) with 6:10 to go.
DeLorenzo led UConn in rushing with 46 yards on six carries while redshirt junior wide receiver Geremy Davis (Lawrenceville, Ga.) had eight receptions for 180 yards.
UConn returns to action on Saturday at noon when it travels to Central Florida. The game will be heard on the UConn IMG Sports Network and on an ESPN network to be announced.