CINCINNATI (AP) — Playing as a ranked team for the first time this season, No. 21 Cincinnati wants to see its junior quarterback make everything look routine.
Cincinnati (4-0) has two chances to fix its biggest problems before getting back into Big East play. The Bearcats' most glaring shortcoming: Munchie Legaux is missing the easy throws. He often winds up and puts too much on his passes when he sees an open receiver.
Legaux overshot one in the corner of the end zone, then severely overthrew another down the sideline during the first half of a 52-14 win over southwest Ohio rival Miami on Saturday. The wasted chances didn't matter against Miami, and Legaux could probably get away with it again on Saturday against Fordham (4-2).
Next, though, come games at Toledo and at Big East favorite Louisville, where every missed chance could make the difference.
"I can't come out and miss those deep balls like I did and those 'gimme' throws," Legaux said. "That's the mark of a good quarterback, being consistent."
The Bearcats are pleased with Legaux's development in his first year as the starter, running an offense with seven new starters in all. He has completed 55 percent of his throws for 946 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions, one of them on a throw he forced into coverage in the end zone.
The dual-threat quarterback also has run 31 times with a touchdown.
His finest moment came during a 27-24 win over Virginia Tech two weeks ago. Legaux led the first game-winning drive of his career, throwing a 39-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left.
He's been good in the biggest moments. It's the routine ones that have been the problem.
"Munchie has to become much more consistent," coach Butch Jones said. "I thought he played a very good second half (against Miami). I was not pleased with the first half. We are leaving way too many yards out there. We have to be able to play pitch-and-catch."