Facing off against rival Louisville and in front of the third-largest crowd at Nippert Stadium, Beaver Local's Derek Wolfe decided it was his day to shine for the Cincinnati Bearcats.
The 6-foot-5, 300 pound defensive lineman led the 'Cats in tackles with 11, recording three behind the line of scrimmage.
Wolfe added a sack, his team-leading fifth of the year, as Cincy won 25-16.
For the season, Wolfe is third on the team in tackles with 30 and also leads the Bearcats in tackles for a loss with 10. He has already tied his career-high for sacks in a season, set during his sophomore campaign. It's a number he's sure to break.
Wolfe's defensive play is a big reason Cincinnati is 5-1, 1-0 in the Big East heading into back-to-back road games against South Florida and Pittsburgh.
Following the road trip, the Bearcats return home to Nippert Stadium to take on West Virginia. Those two, along with Rutgers, have identical 5-1 records, with the Scarlet Knights leading the Big East with a 2-0 conference mark.
That WVU-Cincy showdown will likely be the first major showdown in determining the eventual conference winner and BCS bowl representative.
Bridgeport's Sean West had a sack and three tackles as Muskingum dropped its second game in a row, a 33-14 loss to John Carroll.
Martins Ferry's Jeremy Murray had 139 yards and a touchdown in a 56-7 steamrolling of Heidelberg.
East Liverpool's Ethan Ludwig charted nine tackles in a 20-0 loss to Bethany. Oak Glen's Chance Rowland record a pair of special teams' tackles and recovered a fumble for the Bison.
Beaver Local's Shawn Mercer had seven tackles in Grove City's loss to Geneva.
Buckeye Trail's Dan Starr had a team-leading 10 tackles, along with two stops behind the line and a sack as Marietta secured its second win of the season by taking down Wilmington.
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