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No. 23 Cincinnati overwhelms SEMO

CINCINNATI (AP) - Mardy Gilyard scored four touchdowns as part of the third-best scoring performance in Cincinnati's history, reaching the end zone on an electrifying punt return, a run and two catches Saturday during the 23rd-ranked Bearcats' 70-3 victory over Southeast Missouri State.

A quick-strike offense scored every which way during a 49-point first half, the biggest in coach Brian Kelly's three seasons at Cincinnati (2-0). Gilyard was the catalyst, putting together 1 of the top individual performances in school history.

Gilyard, the Big East's top returner last season, responded to chants of "Mar-dy! Mar-dy!" by returning the game's first punt 53 yards. It was the Bearcats' first punt return for a touchdown in 12 years.

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