CINCINNATI (AP) — The shoulder. The chest. The wrist. Just about everything hurts these days for Brendon Kay. He keeps playing and somehow keeps getting better.
Kay followed one of his best games with an even better one on Saturday, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another as Cincinnati pulled away to a 41-16 victory over winless Connecticut.
He didn't play like he was in pain all over.
"Brendon played well," coach Tommy Tuberville said. "He played gutsy. He's playing out there like an ironman because he's so beat up. He needs these days off. We're going to give him pretty much the whole week off this week coming up. When we needed him, he was in there firing."
The sixth-year senior was the incumbent starter until a sore shoulder sidelined him for much of summer camp and the first few games. He was the American Athletic Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for a three-touchdown performance in a win over Temple last week.
He had a hand in four first-half touchdowns on Saturday, helping the Bearcats (5-2, 2-1) take control on a cool, rainy afternoon. Kay tied his career high with the four touchdown passes — each to a different receiver — and was 17 of 24 for 300 yards.
The Bearcats set the tone by having Kay throw deep on the opening play. He completed a 56-yard pass that set up the first touchdown. Kay hadn't practiced the play all week because his shoulder is still sore.
"I hadn't thrown it all week — I couldn't throw a long ball," Kay said. "It was a lot of fun opening up like that.
"I have enough adrenalin going at the beginning of the game. It doesn't hurt too much."
UConn (0-6, 0-2) had a tough time overall in what amounted to a homecoming for interim head coach T.J. Weist, who took over after Paul Pasqualoni was fired after four games. Weist was an assistant at Cincinnati the last three seasons under Butch Jones, who left for Tennessee.
"It was bittersweet coming back here," Weist said. "It was nice to see the guys (from Cincinnati), but my focus is on our team."
One of Weist's first moves as interim coach was elevating freshman Tim Boyle to starting quarterback. In his second start, the 6-foot-4 pocket passer was under constant pressure and threw an interception that helped the Bearcats take control late in the first half.
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