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The Cards had 206 yards on the ground and 228 yards passing for a total of 434 yards. Froman had a decent statline with 18 for 27 passing for 179 yards and a touchdown. The offense looked to have a great rythm going in the first half, but struggled to convert late in the game. The Cards time of possession was 33:34 compared to Cincy’s 26:26, but failing to consistently convert on third down really hurt. 5 of 13 on third down wont get it done. The leading receiver was Andrell Smith with 3 catches for 59 yards. Great to see Andrell getting more involved, but when your leading receiver has 59 yards that doesn’t say much about your passing game.
I realize the defense was able to force three turnovers, but other than that the Cards had a tough time slowing down the Bearcats. After watching the game in person it really looked like the Cards were doing a great job at stopping the run, however the Bearcats did have 178 yards on the ground. Cincy was able to convert on third down 6 out of 9 times, which is too easy. The 3rd and 12 that the Bearcats converted on late in the fourth quarter really hurt. Collaros has been getting sacked nearly 4 times a game and the Cardinal defense was unable to record one sack.
Special Teams: D-
The special teams play was bad. Josh Blesser punted three times for an average of 33.3 yards and Chris Philpott missed two field goals, that he usually would have made. Both guys have proven that they are better than that. I am confident they can get it turned around and just had an off night.<