Belk Bowl preview: UC Bearcats vs. Duke Blue Devils
4:47 PM, Dec 27, 2012
Cincinnati (9-3) vs. Duke (6-6), 6:30 p.m. EST
Where: Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
Line: Cincinnati by 7
Series Record: First meeting
WHAT'S AT STAKE
This is Duke's first bowl game in 18 seasons and the Blue Devils haven't won one since 1961, so this is a great opportunity for the Blue Devils. Cincinnati is a bowl-tested team; this is the Bearcats' sixth postseason appearance in the last seven years. Cincinnati defeated Vanderbilt last year in the Liberty Bowl.
Cincinnati RB George Winn vs. Duke's porous run defense. Winn has emerged as a playmaker this season for the Bearcats, rushing for 1,204 yards and 12 TDs. Over the last four games, the Blue Devils have allowed 51 points and 294.5 yards rushing on average.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Duke: WR Conner Vernon, the ACC's all-time leader in receptions and yards receiving, has 75 receptions for 955 yards and seven TDs.
Cincinnati: QB Brendon Kay came in against Syracuse and led the Bearcats to a key victory over the Orange. Kay has thrown for 6 TDs.
FACTS & FIGURES
Cincinnati is 7-6 all-time in bowl games. ... Kay was granted a sixth year of eligibility Dec. 17 after the NCAA approved his request for an extension of his eligibility waiver. Kay has missed multiple games during his Cincinnati career. ... Bearcats OL Austen Bujnoch and Eric Lefeld were first team All-Big East this season. ... Duke QB Sean Renfree has a QB rating of 136.43, the second-highest single-season mark in school history. ... Duke K Ross Martin has converted 18 of 20 field goal attempts and all 44 extra points this season. ... Duke DE Kenny Anunike has nine sacks in his last 14 games. However, the Bearcats have allowed only 13 sacks this season. ... Cincinnati is 5-0 when scoring 34 or more points. ... Greg Blair is Cincinnati's leading tackler. He has registered double digits in tackles seven times.
STAT LEADERS (provided by ESPN)
Passing: Legaux - 120-230, 1716 yds, 13 tds
Rushing: Winn - 227 car, 1204 yds, 12 tds
Receiving: Kelce - 40 rec, 599 yds, 7 tds
Passing: Renfree - 260-392, 2755 yds, 18 tds
Rushing: Duncan - 99 car, 516 yds, 4 tds
Receiving: Crowder - 70 rec, 1025 yds, 8 tds
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