Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Bearcats have to get minds on Temple




By Michael Perry mperry@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Rick Minter called Monday a “split day.” The University of Cincinnati football players would watch film of their 23-19 loss to sixth-ranked Ohio State, analyze their mistakes, then take the field and move on.

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        “For two hours, it's eyes in the rearview mirror,” the Bearcats coach said. “The next couple hours is all eyes forward. You've got to have that ability in today's college football.”

        Cincinnati plays Temple at noon Saturday in Philadelphia, the first football meeting between the schools since 1985. The Owls are 1-3 and have lost their last three to No. 23 Oregon State (35-3), No.1 Miami (44-21) and South Carolina (42-21).

        It's the first road game for UC (1-2) after two games at Nippert Stadium and one at Paul Brown Stadium.

        “This is the one we're focusing on,” Minter said. “We've got to get ourselves back on track. Losing ought to hurt, no matter who you're playing. Losing ought to rip your heart out. This one ought to be especially tough because we really felt like we had it and we let it go.”

        Moving on from what was almost the biggest victory in the program's history could take a little time. Senior wide receiver LaDaris Vann said it's similar to 2000, when UC lost 28-25 at No. 5 Wisconsin.

        “It lingers,” Vann said. “We've got a couple days. It's still on our minds. We've just got to be ready Saturday.”

        South Carolina coach Lou Holtz, whose team beat the Owls on Saturday, might get a call from Minter this week. Holtz was head coach at Notre Dame when Minter was the Fighting Irish's defensive coordinator.

        “I'll talk to him probably just to see what he thinks,” Minter said. “It was kind of funny. I was watching South Carolina's tape. I can imagine what was being said over the headsets when I saw some of these plays that Temple in that first quarter was ripping off. They put 14 quick ones out there.”

        NOTEWORTHY: UC senior cornerback Blue Adams, who intercepted two passes and had six tackles against the Buckeyes, was named Conference USA defensive player of the week ... Bearcats sophomore quarterback Gino Guidugli ranks eighth in the nation in total offense per game (303.3 yards). ... After totaling 415 yards against Ohio State, UC leads C-USA in passing (295.3) and total offense (412.0).

       



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