Scores

Final

Connecticut 27

(5-7, 3-4 American)

Cincinnati 35

(9-3, 5-2 American)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, December 3, 2011

Nippert Stadium, CINCINNATI, OH

1 2 3 4 T
CONN 0 6 6 1527
CIN 14 14 7 035

Top Performers

Passing: M. Legaux (CIN) - 217 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: I. Pead (CIN) - 23 CAR, 68 YDS

Receiving: A. McClung (CIN) - 8 REC, 142 YDS, 2 TD

Cincinnati puts away UConn to clinch share of Big East

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Munchie Legaux threw a career-high three touchdown passes on Saturday, and Cincinnati's defense got two scores of its own, setting up a 35-27 victory over Connecticut that left the Bearcats one of three teams sharing the Big East title.

Although the Bearcats (9-3, 5-2) got their third title in four years, they likely will miss out on the league's BCS bid. West Virginia (9-3, 5-2) will get it if, as expected, the Mountaineers (No. 23 BCS, No. 22 AP) are the highest-ranked Big East team in the final BCS standings.

Louisville (7-5, 5-2) also shared the title and would have gotten the bid if the Bearcats had lost on Saturday. The Huskies (5-7, 3-4) didn't have another upset in them.

Lineman Walter Stewart plucked the ball from UConn quarterback Johnny McEntee's passing hand in the end zone for Cincinnati's first touchdown, and Drew Frey returned an interception 15 yards for a 14-0 lead.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CONN
CIN
1st Downs1518
Total Yards270319
Passing252217
Rushing18102
Penalties8-659-92
3rd Down Conversions3-166-16
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers33
Possession31:2628:34

Passing Leaders

ConnecticutC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McEntee20/402526.321
CincinnatiC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Legaux15/352176.232

Rushing Leaders

ConnecticutCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCombs21422.0011
McCummings3144.707
CincinnatiCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pead23683.0011
Legaux10282.8012

Receiving Leaders

ConnecticutRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moore67011.7026
Moore34715.7025
CincinnatiRECYDSAVGTDLG
McClung814217.8236
Annen12727.0027

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCONNCIN
TD10:38Walter Stewart 0 Yd Fumble Return (Tony Miliano Kick) 07
TD01:13Drew Frey 15 Yd Interception Return (Tony Miliano Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERCONNCIN
TD13:13Alex Chisum 22 Yd Pass From Munchie Legaux (Tony Miliano Kick) 021
FG07:39Dave Teggart 35 Yd 321
TD01:45Anthony McClung 13 Yd Pass From Munchie Legaux (Tony Miliano Kick) 328
FG00:00Dave Teggart 46 Yd 628
THIRD QUARTERCONNCIN
FG09:13Dave Teggart 53 Yd 928
FG01:36Dave Teggart 43 Yd 1228
TD00:30Anthony McClung 31 Yd Pass From Munchie Legaux (Tony Miliano Kick) 1235
FOURTH QUARTERCONNCIN
TD09:58Mark Hinkley 3 Yd Pass From Johnny McEntee (Johnny Mcentee Pass To Corey Manning For Two-Point Conversion) 2035
TD05:46Ryan Griffin 25 Yd Pass From Johnny McEntee (Dave Teggart Kick) 2735

Research Notes

West Virginia has likely clinched the Big East's Automatic BCS Bid. The selection will come down to a 3-way tie between West Virginia, Cincinnati, and Louisville. As of this week, West Virginia was the only team of those three ranked in the Top 25 of the BCS Standings.

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