A game that was expected to be a high-scoring affair was overshadowed by the death of the Bearcat quarterback.
Article Continued BelowBarcat QB Justin Williams suffered a head injury and died early Wednesday morning after suffering a heart attack in the fourth quarter of the Eagles 34-30 win over the Cincinnati BeARCats.
Williams was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:05 p.m. in the ICU.
The game was scheduled to start at 8 p.t.
The Bengals are in their first game in over a month, but it wasn’t a blowout, with the BeARCat scoring just two touchdowns and losing their last four contests.
The BeARCAT had scored six touchdowns over the past two games, but they allowed the Bengals to score just one touchdown in the game and allowed seven points on the ground.
The Bengals were also held to just 14 rushing yards, and it was the third time this season that they’ve allowed the BeARats rushing attack to score in double digits.
“We’ve been playing really well,” said quarterback Trevor Knight, who was 3-of-4 passing for 33 yards.
“We have a really good running game and we’re playing good football.
It’s hard to put a number on that.”
Knight was trying to get into the rhythm of things after getting hurt in the first half.
He completed 14 of 20 passes for 145 yards, but he also threw an interception and dropped the ball that was returned by Brandon Brooks.
Knight said he wanted to get in a rhythm and start putting things together, but didn’t want to let the game slip away.
The game started off with a touchdown run from sophomore quarterback Jordan McBride, but that was quickly turned into a touchdown by BeARCatt safety Jake McCown.
The BeARCatts defense held the BeARS to just one first down and kept the BeAST scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the game.
McCown and BeARCoughs defensive tackle Brandon Woods got into it late in the third quarter, with Woods taking McCown to the ground after a pass attempt.
Woods was immediately ejected from the game for a targeting penalty.
The offense came up big on both sides of the ball in the second half, as BeARCATT WR Tyrese Thompson caught a TD pass to open the scoring at 8:52 of the third.
McCown was then sacked for the second time in the quarter, but returned to the game a few plays later and connected with McCown again for a touchdown pass to give the BeArats a 21-3 lead.
“I think we all have to go out there and compete,” said Knight.
“I think this team has been through a lot in this game, and we need to come out there with our best effort.”
The BeARAT defense had two sacks in the win over Cincinnati, including a hit on Cincinnati QB Justin Tucker late in Thursday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles have been on the back end of the playoff picture, with just one win in the last nine games.
It was their second straight loss and second straight at home.