October 14, 2007

Turnovers Key in Loss to Cardinals

In a game that comes down to just four points there are always tons of plays and aspects of the game that can be seen as the reason for the loss. However, after the 28-24 loss to rival Louisville, Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly cited two major reasons for the result.

"Two things happened to tonight that didn't happen all year was, one, we got the ball thrown over our heads, and we've been really good at keeping the ball in front of us. Two, we didn't get turnovers," Kelly said.

The Bearcats entered the game with the best turnover margin in the nation and finished the game -4 in turnovers for the day. Most of the turnovers in the previous 6 games for the Bearcats came on interceptions by the defensive backs. However, Saturday, Cincinnati failed to force a single turnover despite having their hands on a couple of interceptions, but couldn't come down with them.

"Turnovers are something we've banked on all year, we're a big play team," Haruki Nakamura said. "The last couple of weeks we'd given up some big plays and Louisville just happened to capitalize on them," Thus illustrating another problem: the amount of yards given up by the pass defense.

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