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Cincinnati runs over Vanderbilt in Liberty Bowl

George Winnm, Trey Wilson, Archibald Barnes AP

Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead took home top Big East honors this year when he was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year. He kept that momentum in his final game with the Bearcats with a 149-yard, 1 touchdown performance in a 31-24 win over Vanderbilt in the Liberty Bowl.

Pead has been one of the most productive, yet very underrated, backs this season.

In fact, the Bearcats (now 10-3) have quietly had a very good season. The only real bad loss was early in the season to Tennessee, which finished the season 5-7. Then again, the Vols were playing better football then and had quarterback Tyler Bray.

But beating a solid Vanderbilt team can make up for that. James Franklin‘s done a nice job in his first season with the Commodores and his team is no pushover.

Anytime you can beat an SEC school with at least a .500 record, it’s a good win.

Having quarterback Zach Collaros back and healthy without a doubt helped Cincy. If Collaros hadn’t gone down with a fractured ankle against West Virginia, the Bearcats might be in the Orange Bowl right now instead of the Mountaineers.

Cincinnati loses Collaros and Pead, though, and it’ll be difficult for Butch Jones to replace the productivity of those two.

Vanderbilt looks like it could be on the upswing as long as Franklin is the head coach.

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6 Responses to “Cincinnati runs over Vanderbilt in Liberty Bowl”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 31, 2011 8:50 PM

    Congrats to the Bearcats and Pead especially. They really put forth a good effort against a solid Vandy team under Franklin.

    Congrats also to Coach Franklin and the Vanderbilt Commodores for a great season, great improvement and future, and my hopes that Franklin will remain a coach there for many years to come. The alums and boosters are getting back into Vandy football and the committment of the university to a competitive team and facilities will go a long way to improve recruiting and results. I expect even better things next season and the years to come as Franklin is able to get his recruits in place.

  2. burntorangehorn says: Dec 31, 2011 9:02 PM

    Headlines are weird today. A 31-14 win by OU over Iowa qualifies as holding on, but a 31-24 win by Cincinnati over Vandy is running them over?

  3. kcrutcher says: Jan 1, 2012 12:27 AM

    burntorangehorn..the term “running over” was in reference to Peads 149 yards rushing, not that they kicked their butt

  4. gamustangdude says: Jan 1, 2012 12:59 AM

    @kcrutcher

    Then he should’ve title the story ” Cincy wins as Pead runs all over Vanderbilt in Liberty Bowl” unless it’s your theory that only one person makes a team. Or that Pead played offense, defense, and special teams?

  5. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 1, 2012 3:46 PM

    Ohio University and Cincinnati won. Now we need tOSU to step up and beat Florida so the State of Ohio will be 3-0 in Bowl Games. GO Bobcats, Bearcats and Buckeyes!

  6. kcrutcher says: Jan 2, 2012 10:15 AM

    @ gamustangdude.

    No, I don’t believe that one person makes a team. You are getting way too deep with this. By the way..you’re title is wrong also, don’t you need solid line play and good blocking to have a good running game. So if you want to get all politically correct then the title should have said “Cincy wins as Pead runs all over Vanderbilt as the O line of Cincy helps him with opening up lanes and blocking.” Quit trying to stir shit up..it was just a damn headline!

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