There was no mistaking the desires of Tommy Tuberville and his team as they took the field Saturday night to battle Northwestern State in what would become a dominating performance when the final whistle blew with the Bearcats walking off the turf with a 66-9 victory.
On a night where Brendon Kay would throw for four touchdowns and the Cincinnati offense post 669-yards of total offense, Tuberville would build for the season and the future in getting new back-up quarterback Bennie Coney meaningful reps as well.
Following the game Tuberville stressed the importance of getting Coney in a game with some pressure.
"We wanted to make sure his nerves didn't get to him and I put him in there early at 21-0 and I told him that this game is not over with and we wanted to see how he could perform with a little pressure on him,” said Tuberville. “We were going to be simple with him at first, start to throw the ball with him and bring him along slowly. You have to remember this is his first time playing on a college football field and the bright lights on and people watching. So I thought he performed pretty well and he is going to have to this year and he knows the offense better. We had to cut it down a little bit for him tonight, but as we progress through the season, he is going to have to know it all."
There was no mistaking who was expected to win this matchup as the Bearcats would hold the Demons to 179 total yards of offense and a touchdown and field goal in the second quarter.
On defense the Bearcats were led by Clemente Casseus (7 tackles) and Nick Temple who would record two sacks on the night.
Overall, Tuberville was happy to have a chance to get positive reps for his starters while also getting younger players in a game where the outcome was decided early.
"It was good to get that one underneath our belts,” said Tuberville. “We got everybody in the game that was on the bench and a lot of kids in the game that might not ever get in. It's great for your moral of your team your locker room and all of the guys that played quite a bit. We were really rooting for them. So that means a lot.
"Obviously, we were the best team tonight. We executed. We had too many penalties early, but we were playing aggressive and mentally, we have to keep making progress. Last week, we made too many mental mistakes, but it was a good outing. We needed a game like that to look at some guys that weren't able to play the first two games. We found out a little bit more about our kicking game.”
The Bearcats return to the field next Saturday as they’ll travel to Oxford (Ohio) to take on longtime rival Miami to battle for the Victory Bell.