Weeks that follow Hokie victories always seem to be more upbeat. There were signs of encouragement in Tech's shutout victory over Bowling Green, but the season marches on. This week's opponent is familair to Hokie fans: the Cincinnati Bearcats. In 2006, Tech beat UC 29-13 behind a 170-yard effort by Brandon Ore at Lane Stadium. More notably, the two schools met in the 2008 Orange Bowl.
The Bearcats were able to build on the success of that 2008 season the following year, reeling off twelve straight victories, winning the Big East, and climbing to a #5 ranking. A second consecutive BCS berth was claimed, although the results were similar: Cincinnati lost 51-24 to Florida.
UC has been trying to regain the level of success they experienced under Brian Kelly's tenure. Kelly posted a 34-6 record as head coach of the Bearcats before bring his many faces of DERP to South Bend.
This year, the triggerman for UC's offense is Munchie Legaux, a junior from New Orleans. Through the Bearcat's first two game, Munchie has 555 total yards and 4 touchdowns. Of note, he eclipsed the century mark in rushing against the Pitt Panthers in Cincy's 34-10 victory.
Most people ask, "What is a Hokie?" In repsonse, I'd like to ask, "What the hell is a Bearcat?" Allegedly, the title dates back to 1914, when the UC football squad faced the Kentucky Wildcats. In the second half of the game, the crowd seized upon the efforts of fullback Leonard K. "Teddy" Baehr, chanting, "They may be Wildcats, but we have a Baehr-cat on our side!" and "Come on Baehr-cat!" The nickname has stuck ever since.
It'll be a tough matchup, and at a neutral site where the Hokies haven't exactly had success, but let's keep this momentum up. There still is a lot of football to be played this season. As always, go Hokies!