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Volume 68, Issue 59, Friday, November 15, 2002


Cincinnati has porous run defense

By Geronimo Rodriguez
The Daily Cougar

The Cougar football team's goals this season have been blurred with a slew of on-the-field breakdowns and off-the-field whispers.

But when the whistle blows at 1 p.m. Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati and UH and the Bearcats go at it, one thing is sure to be clear: senior running back Joffrey Reynolds will be running for pay dirt.

Houston, 4-5 on the season, will try to improve its poor 2-4 Conference USA record, while the Bearcats (4-5, 3-2 in C-USA play) claw their way atop the C-USA standings.

The last time the conference rivals competed against one another was Oct. 20, 2001, when Cincinnati edged UH 29-28.

Coming off a 300-yard game, Reynolds has hopes of breaking through the line early and setting the pace of the game. The last time the Bearcats tried to wrap up Reynolds, who is now the fifth-ranked rusher in the country, he broke for 116 yards on 27 carries.

The Cincinnati run defense will pose more of a threat to the Houston running game than recent UH opponents. The Bearcats allow 132.7 total rushing yards a game, with opposing rushers gaining 3.71 yards a play.

Cincinnati defenders have allowed five teams to amass 100 yards or more on the ground. West Virginia's Avon Cobourne, who gained 193 yards on 30 carries, including two touchdowns in the 35-32 win Sept. 14, has gained the most rushing yards against Cincinnati this season.

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