The 18-game regular-season winning streak is over. And the future holds lots of questions for two-time defending Big East champion Cincinnati.
The Bearcats were cruising in the second quarter, holding a 14-0 lead. Then the game completely turned. Fresno State capitalized on mistakes to score two late first-half touchdowns. The second half was never close, as the Bulldogs physically manhandled the Cincinnati offensive line and repeatedly sacked, hit or hurried Zach Collaros. The 28-14 final score wasn't even that close.
That Bearcats' offense we all thought would be so good mustered just 241 yards and two scores. You just can't move the ball if your line can't block anybody. Even worse, receiver Vidal Hazelton was carted off with an apparent leg injury in the second half. No word yet on the severity of his injury.
With games left at NC State and against Oklahoma this month, Butch Jones' team better figure things out in a hurry, or they could be staring at a really disappointing start to 2010 after two straight BCS appearances.
I guess it's fitting that Cincinnati would lose to cap the Big East weekend. The league finished 1-4 against FBS teams, with the lone victory posted by Syracuse at Akron. Brutal, just brutal. Prepare yourselves for a fresh round of Big East bashing, and it's not even Labor Day yet.