November 12, 2007

Defense Gets Back on Track

The past five games the UC defense had given up an average of 27.2 points per game, earning them a 3-2 record in that time. Saturday, the Bearcats' defense returned to their dominant form against the Connecticut Huskies, surrendering only three points.

One of the strong points of the Bearcats defense last season and early this year was their ability to stop the run, but had struggled lately, allowing 162.75 yards per game past four contests.

Leading up to the game, members of the defensive front mentioned that getting back to stopping the run, starting with the Huskies, would be a big key for this team.

"We got to make them do things that they don't normally do," said defensive lineman Terrill Byrd . "We got to stop the run game and make them pass."

The Bearcats certainly did that. UC's rush defense shutdown the UConn tandem of Andre Dixon and Donald Brown to 22 combined yards on the ground. The duo had combined for 120 yards per game this season.

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