October 7, 2007

Bearcats Overcome Adversity in Victory

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Through two quarters last night, Cincinnati was headed for the same exact fate its opponent faced during a loss to the Bearcats last year.

It was time for Rutgers, ranked No. 21, to receive payback in the worst way. The fan base was rabid as it led by 10 points at halftime despite All-American Ray Rice doing nothing dazzling on the ground (30 yards in first half). You could almost start to hear the "Over-rated" chants, the precipitous drop in the Top 25 ranking for the Bearcats, and a collective yawn from a national broadcast on ESPN2.

But something strange happened during the Bearcats' heart-pounding 28-23 defeat of the Scarlet Knights in front of the fourth-largest crowd in Piscataway:

They grew up.

And that meant Bearcats quarterback Ben Mauk - a graduate transfer from Wake Forest - too.

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