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.