October 15, 2007
Grading the Bearcats: Louisville
Ben Mauk wasn't at his best Saturday night, but he was pretty close despite having to run for his life on several occasions. The Louisville defense was able to get after Mauk pretty often and force him out of the pocket, and he was able to find receivers open somehow. In the end, Mauk went 26-of-45 for 324 yards and three touchdowns of 24, five, and 17 yards. Mauk did throw one interception, and although it was on the crucial final drive, he was running to avoid the Louisville rushers and made a throw out of desperation across his body that was picked off and ultimately ended any chance UC had of pulling off a miracle drive. Mauk also rushed the ball 10 times for 24 yards.
It wasn't a great night for the running backs in terms of yardage because in the second half, the Bearcats went more to the air to try and expose the Louisville secondary. Butler Benton got the bulk of the carries and that was only 10 attempts on the night. He accumulated 56 yards, but had a fumble on the first drive of the game while trying to break tackles. It was a good, hard run but Louisville was able to punch the ball free and they recovered, ending the Bearcats' first scoring threat. Greg Moore had a couple nice runs, but only got six carries in the game, averaging 5.0 yards per attempt.
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