Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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UCF, under interim coach, blown out at Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — Danny Barrett left Nippert Stadium with memories of a career as Cincinnati's honorable mention All-American quarterback 33 years ago.

Gunnar Kiel, Cincinnati's current quarterback made Barrett's recent memories less pleasant.

Kiel completed all 15 of his passes for 319 yards and five touchdowns as Cincinnati spoiled Barrett's debut as UCF's interim head coach with a 52-7 win on Saturday.

It was the most attempts without an incomplete pass in the past 20 years in Division I-A.

"I didn't know about it until they told me after the game," Kiel said. "It's just huge to be back out there and get into a rhythm."

Barrett, Cincinnati's quarterback through 1982, coached his first game after replacing George O'Leary, who resigned after UCF's 59-10 loss to Houston last weekend. Barrett was the Golden Knights' quarterback coach under O'Leary.

"Everything starts with the head coach," Barrett said. "Like I told them in there, I take full responsibility. We've got to get them ready to play, but more importantly we have to get the right people on the field. We are limited in some areas but we've got to find the right people to get on the football field that can do the basic things that we are asking them to do."

Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville had empathy for his colleague.

"You fire a coach in the middle of a season, and you see what you get," Tuberville said. "You don't hurt anybody but those kids out on the field, and I wish them the best. Danny, he's got his hands full in the next three games. Those kids played hard, but you can just tell they weren't focused."

Kiel was 7-for-7 for 158 yards and three touchdowns in the first quarter, then turned the offense over to freshman Hayden Moore, who had started two games while Kiel recovered from a concussion.

Shaq Washington caught eight passes for 72 yards to set a Bearcats career reception record with 205. The record had been shared by Mardy Gilliard, LaDaris Vann and Dominick Goodman. Goodman's father, Don, was Barrett's teammate on the 1982 team.

The Knights, who lost their ninth straight, had first and goal from the Cincinnati 5 with two minutes left in the first half but turned the ball over on downs with 35 seconds left and entered halftime trailing 35-0.

Justin Holman completed 12 of 23 passes for 101 yards and an interception.

Cincinnati had 237 yards rushing and 489 passing.

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