Tuesday, September 03, 2002

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Hall scores TD in his debut<

By Gary Estwick, gestwick@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

UC defensive tackle DeMarcus Billings and TCU guard Josh Harbuck scramble after a loose ball fumbled by TCU quarterback Sean Stilley (right) when he was sacked in the third quarter.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        Reserve running back Richard Hall saw his first action in a college game Monday, almost five years after the former Wyoming star played in his last high school game.

        He scored a touchdown on his lone carry of the game, a 4-yard run with 5:17 remaining to bring the Bearcats within eight points (29-21).

        “I was a little worried that I wasn't going to get in at all,” Hall said. “But some things happened (DeMarco McCleskey left the game with a bruised thigh, and Hall and Tedric Harwell took over). I just got the ball and ran it, just like any other time.”

        Hall, 23, enrolled at Ohio State out of high school, but was academically ineligible as a freshman. He spent four academic quarters at the school before deciding to transfer to UC. Hall sat out the 2001 season at UC because of NCAA transfer rules.

        Hall is third on the depth chart behind McCleskey and Harwell.

        “I knew coming into the game that I might not get in,” Hall said. “But I'm on special teams. So I went all out on special teams and go as hard as I can. I know it's not the same as getting a handoff, but sometimes you have to play your role, and I did that today.”

        VANN IS THE MAN: LaDaris Vann's 14-yard reception in the first quarter helped him tie a school record for consecutive games with a reception. Vann is now tied with Jason Stargel, who caught passes in 33 conseutive games from 1982-86. Vann has caught at least one reception in all of his 33 career games. He already owns the UC record for career receptions (141) and is fifth in receiving yards (1,830). He finished Saturday's game with eight catches for 91 yards and a TD.

        NATION WATCHING: The Bearcats game, which was televised on ESPN, was the first of four games scheduled to appear on ESPN or espn2 this season. The other games are Ohio State (Sept. 21), Louisville (Nov. 7) and East Carolina (Dec. 6). In 2001, UC appeared on ESPN three times, including the Motor City Bowl.

        STARTING IT OFF: Minter has won four of his nine season openers at UC. Seven of the games were home contests. Minter is also 1-2 when opening the season against a Conference USA opponent. As the most tenured football coach in school history, Minter is 42-49 overall. UC is 68-37-10 in 114 openers.

        DEFENSE HOLDS: The UC defense bent but didn't break. The Horned Frogs were forced to kick five field goals. Left-footed kicker Nick Brown connected from 22, 43, 36, 50 and 48 yards. The Bearcats surrendered 253 passing yards and a TD to TCU quarterback Sean Stilley, but only 128 yards on the ground.

        “I still don't think people can beat you by throwing the ball,” Minter said.

        MURRAY JOINS RECEIVERS: Backup quarterback George Murray caught two passes for 16 yards as a slot receiver. He also took two snaps under center, while starting quarterback Gino Guidugli lined up as a receiver.

        “Our little razzle dazzle, I don't know how fancy that was, but it didn't work,” Minter said.


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