Rutgers 38

(4-6, 1-3 away)

Cincinnati 69

(4-6, 3-3 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:30 PM ET, November 20, 2010

Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

1 2 3 4 T
RUTG 10 14 7 738
CIN 20 21 14 1469

Top Performers

Passing: Z. Collaros (CIN) - 366 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: I. Pead (CIN) - 31 CAR, 213 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: M. Harrison (RUTG) - 10 REC, 240 YDS, 4 TD

Isaiah Pead's 5 TD passes power Cincy past Rutgers

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Isaiah Pead score a career-high five touchdowns -- four running, one receiving -- and Cincinnati's offense put together a bevy of big plays on Saturday night, beating Rutgers 69-38 in the highest-scoring game in Big East history.

The Bearcats (4-6, 2-3) piled up 41 points in the first half alone and finished tied for third-most points in school history. Pead had a career-high 213 yards on 31 carries, becoming the first Bearcat to run for 200 yards since 2004.

Zach Collaros was 23 of 39 for 366 yards, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another. The Bearcats picked up 661 yards, the second-most in school history.

Rutgers (4-6, 1-4) has lost all four games since defensive tackle Eric LeGrand suffered a spinal cord injury that has left him paralyzed from the neck down. The Scarlet Knights gave up their most points in nine years.

They kept up for a while behind receiver Mark Harrison, who had career highs with 10 catches for 240 yards and four touchdowns. It wasn't nearly enough.

The Scarlet Knights are having their worst season since 2003, the last time they had a losing record at 5-7.

Pead paced Cincinnati with touchdown runs of 24, 9 and 24 yards. He also caught a 34-yard pass for Cincinnati's first score.

The Scarlet Knights used one of their wildcat tricks to get a quick lead and scored on their opening play of each half, but couldn't keep up with Collaros' rapid-fire completions or Pead's cutback runs through a slow-to-react defense.

The Scarlet Knights stunned the Bearcats on their first play of the game. Receiver Mohamed Sanu took the snap in a Wildcat formation and threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to running back Jordan Thomas, who was uncovered along the sideline. Sanu is 5 of 7 with three touchdown passes this season.

Cincinnati more than matched the trick play with a lot of big ones.

Collaros stood his ground against a heavy pass rush and threw a 34-yard touchdown to Pead down the right sideline on the Bearcats' first drive. Pead ran 24 yards for a touchdown on the Bearcats' next possession, putting Cincinnati ahead to stay, then pitched to receiver D.J. Woods on a reverse for a 9-yard touchdown.

No matter what type of defense Rutgers played, Cincinnati found a hole in it.

Usually, a big one.

Pead's 9-yard touchdown leap -- he soared over the pylon and the line judge got bowled over, signaling a touchdown from his knees -- highlighted the wide-open half. It ended with another Cincinnati flourish. Collaros led the Bearcats 62 yards in only 33 seconds, hitting Woods with a 16-yard touchdown pass with 5 seconds to go.

Collaros was 15 of 21 for 273 yards with two touchdown passes and a TD run in the half alone, helping Cincinnati pile up 416 yards. Given the state of its defense, it would need more.

No problem.

Rutgers' Chas Dodd threw a 66-yard touchdown to Harrison on the opening play of the second half, cutting the lead to 41-31. Cincinnati responded with Pead's 24-yard touchdown run and Collaros' third TD pass of the game for a 55-31 lead.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1631
Total Yards391661
3rd Down Conversions5-1310-16
4th Down Conversions0-01-1

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD13:47Jordan Thomas 51 Yd Pass From Mohamed Sanu (San San Te Kick) 70
TD12:15Isaiah Pead 34 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Pat Blocked) 76
TD09:06Isaiah Pead 24 Yd Run (Jake Rogers Kick) 713
FG02:51San San Te 28 Yd 1013
TD00:23D.J. Woods 9 Yd Run (Jake Rogers Kick) 1020
TD13:52Mark Harrison 52 Yd Pass From Chas Dodd (San San Te Kick) 1720
TD07:56Zach Collaros 2 Yd Run (Jake Rogers Kick) 1727
TD03:00Isaiah Pead 9 Yd Run (Jake Rogers Kick) 1734
TD00:43Mark Harrison 5 Yd Pass From Chas Dodd (San San Te Kick) 2434
TD00:05D.J. Woods 16 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Jake Rogers Kick) 2441
TD14:45Mark Harrison 66 Yd Pass From Chas Dodd (San San Te Kick) 3141
TD11:14Isaiah Pead 24 Yd Run (Jake Rogers Kick) 3148
TD03:35Ben Guidugli 10 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Jake Rogers Kick) 3155
TD13:37Mark Harrison 36 Yd Pass From Chas Dodd (San San Te Kick) 3855
TD12:59Isaiah Pead 26 Yd Run (Jake Rogers Kick) 3862
TD05:17Anthony McClung 4 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Jake Rogers Kick) 3869