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Volume 68, Issue 60, Monday, November 18, 2002


Cougars bow before Queen City

By Christian Schmidt
The Daily Cougar

CINCINNATI Houston scored the first touchdown of the game and the last touchdown of the game. In between, Cincinnati scored 44 unanswered points. Little went the way Houston had hoped it would, and the result was not surprising: a 47-14 loss to the Bearcats on a cold and windy day in the Queen City on Saturday.

The cold wind from the north didn't work to the Cougars' advantage. 

The Cincinnati passing attack didn't suffer in the 36-degree weather and overcast sky. 

Senior wide receiver Brian Robinson throws his arms up in disgust after the referee fails to make a call in his favor. Robinson and the Cougars were blown out by Cincinnati, 47-14, on Saturday.

Lorrie Novosad/The Daily Cougar

But Houston running back Joffrey Reynolds couldn't muster another superhuman effort, and the offensive line couldn't block wave after wave of Bearcat defenders.

The game started out well enough for the Cougars. Cincinnati took the opening kickoff 63 yards down the field for a Jonathan Ruffin field goal, making the score 3-0 Cincinnati.

Houston responded with a 75-yard drive, capped off by a Reynolds rushing touchdown, the 23rd of his career, tying him for fourth all-time at Houston. That 7-3 lead would be the high point of the game for UH.

The Bearcats scored four touchdowns to close out the first half, three of them off UH turnovers, including a lateral that Bearcat defensive end Antwan Peek returned for a touchdown. 

It was the second consecutive week Peek had returned a fumble for a touchdown.

At halftime, the score was 31-7.

"We knew coming in here that this would be a tough challenge," head coach Dana Dimel said. "At the beginning of the year, this game and the Texas game I thought were going to be our toughest tests. We just didn't respond well to the task."

In the second half, the carnage continued, with Cincinnati getting two touchdowns in the third quarter and adding a field goal in the fourth.

Houston's only score of the second half came on a touchdown. Senior backup quarterback Torrence Botts and freshman running back Anthony Evans led the team on a nine-play, 66-yard touchdown drive capped off by a one-yard Evans rushing touchdown. That touchdown made the final score 47-14.

Bearcat quarterback Gino Guidugli had three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He was 14-of-23 through the air for 238 yards.

"He's a good quarterback, and he was very poised and under control," Dimel said. "We tried to give him some different looks, but he did a good job today."

Reynolds, coming off a 300-yard rushing performance against East Carolina, had a tough time against the Cincinnati defense, which concentrated on stopping the run. Reynolds had 28 carries for 76 yards in the game, despite not playing the last 14 minutes of the game.

"They brought a lot of people down to stop the run," Reynolds said. "They slanted, stunted, blitzed, to try to stop the run. There's only so many you can block."

UH junior quarterback Nick Eddy struggled, going just 10-of-23 through the air for 152 yards. 

Eddy had three interceptions and two fumbles, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Houston kicker Dustin Bell missed a 43-yard field goal attempt, only his second miss of the year.

The final two games of the season for Houston are both in the friendly confines of Robertson Stadium: South Florida on Saturday and Louisville on Nov. 30.

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