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Cincinnati Dominates Eastern Kentucky in Scott Satterfield's Debut: Emory Jones Shines with 6 TDs

Jones's aerial assault was nothing short of spectacular. He connected on 19 of 23 pass attempts for 345 yards, spreading the wealth to five different receivers who all found their way to the end zone.

CINCINNATI – In a spectacular showcase of offensive firepower, the Cincinnati Bearcats soared to a resounding 66-13 victory over the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at the historic Nippert Stadium on Saturday. The game marked the debut of Cincinnati's new head coach, Scott Satterfield, and it couldn't have gone better for the Bearcats and their faithful fans. Emory Jones, the veteran sixth-year quarterback, had a record-setting performance, amassing six touchdowns in just the first half of play. This extraordinary display of skill and precision not only secured a commanding victory but also etched Jones's name in the school record books with seven total touchdowns in a single game, a feat no Cincinnati quarterback had ever achieved. Jones's aerial assault was nothing short of spectacular. He connected on 19 of 23 pass attempts for 345 yards, spreading the wealth to five different receivers who all found their way to the end zone. The chemistry between Jones and his former Florida teammate, fifth-year wide receiver Xzavier Henderson, was immediately apparent. Henderson hauled in a career-high 149 yards on seven receptions, including a 49-yard beauty for Cincinnati's first touchdown of the season and the beginning of the Satterfield era. Dee Wiggins, another sixth-year senior wide receiver, also got in on the action, catching a 39-yard touchdown pass from Jones early in the game. Jones's versatility was on full display as he not only sliced through the Colonels' defense with pinpoint passes but also added two rushing touchdowns to his already impressive stat line. Junior running back Corey Kiner played his part in the offensive explosion, rushing for 105 yards on 13 carries, showcasing the Bearcats' multidimensional offensive attack. The Bearcats' defense complemented the offensive fireworks by stifling Eastern Kentucky's All-American quarterback, Parker McKinney, to just 177 passing yards. Cincinnati's junior safety Bryon Threats and senior cornerback Justin Harris both recorded interceptions, a testament to the defensive prowess that Satterfield has brought to the team. Satterfield's aggressive coaching style was evident right from the start when he dialed up a pass play on Cincinnati's first fourth-down attempt of the season. Jones responded with a magnificent 49-yard touchdown strike to Henderson, setting the tone for a relentless offensive onslaught that would persist throughout the game. As the clock ticked down to halftime, Cincinnati had already amassed a commanding lead, with Jones recording his second career 300-yard passing game. The Bearcats' offense displayed remarkable efficiency, capitalizing on every opportunity presented to them. The Bearcats didn't let off the gas in the second half either. Jones continued to dominate, connecting with his targets with surgical precision. Redshirt junior Payten Singletary and fifth-year wide receiver Braden Smith both caught touchdown passes from Jones, further emphasizing the depth of offensive talent at Satterfield's disposal. Sophomore kicker Carter Brown even got in on the action with a 46-yard field goal early in the third quarter. Jones wasn't finished, though, as he added another touchdown pass, this time to slot receiver Aaron Turner, extending Cincinnati's lead to an insurmountable 52-10. The grand finale came from backup quarterback Brady Lichtenberg, who threw two touchdowns, including a 65-yard bomb to freshman wide receiver Barry Jackson Jr., putting the icing on the cake of Cincinnati's offensive eruption. Cincinnati's emphatic victory was not just a statement but a celebration of a new era under Coach Scott Satterfield. With Emory Jones leading the charge and a defense that can stifle the best, the Bearcats look poised for an exciting season ahead. As the team and fans bask in the glory of this impressive win, the expectations for Cincinnati football in 2023 have never been higher.

Shelby Frieszell

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Saturday, September 2, 2023

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