Rutgers at Cincinnati

Cincinnati 69, Rutgers 38


CINCINNATI (AP) -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.

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Scoring Summary
RUTJordan Thomas 51 yd pass from Mohamed Sanu (San San Te kick)
CINIsaiah Pead 34 yd pass from Zach Collaros (blocked XP)
CINIsaiah Pead 24 yd run (Jake Rogers kick)
RUTSan San Te 28 yd FG
CIND.J. Woods 9 yd run (Jake Rogers kick)
RUTMark Harrison 52 yd pass from Chas Dodd (San San Te kick)
CINZach Collaros 2 yd run (Jake Rogers kick)
CINIsaiah Pead 9 yd run (Jake Rogers kick)
RUTMark Harrison 5 yd pass from Chas Dodd (San San Te kick)
CIND.J. Woods 16 yd pass from Zach Collaros (Jake Rogers kick)
RUTMark Harrison 66 yd pass from Chas Dodd (San San Te kick)
CINIsaiah Pead 24 yd run (Jake Rogers kick)
CINBen Guidugli 10 yd pass from Zach Collaros (Jake Rogers kick)
RUTMark Harrison 36 yd pass from Chas Dodd (San San Te kick)
CINIsaiah Pead 26 yd run (Jake Rogers kick)
CINAnthony McClung 4 yd pass from Zach Collaros (Jake Rogers kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1631
Third Down Efficiency5-1310-16
Fourth Down Efficiency0-01-1
Plays-Net Yards60-39186-661
Passing Yds400366
Kick Return Yds226154
Punt Return Yds-322
Time of Poss.26:933:51
Individual Stats
RUT: Jeremy Deering 7-13, Jordan Thomas 5-11, De'Antwan Williams 2-3, Joe Martinek 2--1, Team 1--2, Chas Dodd 10--33
CIN: Isaiah Pead 31-213, D.J. Woods 4-50, Zach Collaros 7-17, George Winn 3-16, John Goebel 1--1
RUT: Chas Dodd 19-29-335-2, Mohamed Sanu 2-3-65-0, D.C. Jefferson 0-1-0-0
CIN: Zach Collaros 23-39-366-1, Team 0-1-0-0
RUT: Mark Harrison 10-240, Keith Stroud 6-63, Jordan Thomas 2-59, Jeremy Deering 1-25, Kordell Young 1-8, J.T. Tartacoff 1-5
CIN: Armon Binns 6-139, D.J. Woods 6-97, Anthony McClung 4-36, Adrien Robinson 3-39, Isaiah Pead 2-36, Ben Guidugli 2-19
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