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Saturday, November 5, 2016

BYU Shuts Down Gunner Kiel And The Bearcats

The Brigham Young University Cougars devoured the young Cincinnati Bearcats like they were middle aged divorcees after a Chippendale Show in a 20-3 win..

Cincinnati put together a seven-play, 59-yard drive after taking the opening kickoff at its own 35.  The drive stalled at the six when Kiel checked down to Tion Green for a four-yard gain that was short of the first down. Josh Pasley kicked a 23-yard field goal.

The Cougars (5-4) came back to tie the game with a field goal of its own, a 28-yarder by Rhett Almond, but broke the game open with a trick flea flicker play that had BYU quarterback Tayshom Hill connecting with Jona Trinnaman on a 43-yard pass to the Cincinnati 11.  Hill waltzed in from the eight two plays later.

They left 44 seconds for Kiel and the Bearcat offense.

The Cougars took the second half kick and marched.70 yards in 12 plays.

The Bearcats tried to rally, moving the ball from their own 16 during a 15-play drive that reached the BYU 11 but Tion Green lost four yards on a run.  On the next play, Columbus, Ohio native Logan Taele sacked Kiele for a seven-yard loss.  When Josh Pasley missed a 39-yard field goal attempt, the drive turned into tragedy as the Bearcats used 6:43 of the clock without scoring a point.

Brigham Young ran the ball for 207 yards on 47 attempts to control the clock and completing the scoring with a 19-yard field goal by Almond.

"People say a 20-3 game isn't exciting but that's my kind of excitement," BYU head coach Kilani Sitake said.
"The defense played really well after that first drive. They made some good throws but we had a chance to regroup and get back to assignment football. The offense started out slow but once our offense was able to sustain drives, it gave us time to make adjustments on defense. It works hand-in-hand."

UC finished with 295 total yards, 96 rushing and 199 passing.  Kiel completed 19 of 32 passes and one interception.

Not a good performance again today, especially on the offensive side of the ball," UC head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "The defense played well. We made one mistake on their trick play before the half. That should have never happened."

Kiel started the season third on the Bearcat depth chart at quarterback behind Hayden Moore and Ross Trail but took over on October 22 against East Carolina, leading Cincinnati to its last win. The 4-5 Bearcats have now lost two straight games.

"Gunner didn’t have a great game, not throwing a touchdown pass. Just not very good (overall) to be honest with you. No consistency of any length of a drive to get a touchdown," Tuberville said..

"Everybody’s talking about getting to a bowl game. I just want to get a touchdown. We are struggling big time. We’ve got no consistency on offense to help our defense. We’ve got three games to see if we can help them. We have not seen a whole lot of improvement on offense the last three games. We’ve tried it all. We’ve tried every quarterback. We’ve tried every running back"


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