Pike makes quick strike for Bearcats

College Football

November 14, 2009

Far from perfect, No. 5 Cincinnati was good enough to stay unbeaten.

Tony Pike threw two touchdown passes in a cameo appearance Friday night, and the host Bearcats overcame a self-destructive first half to beat West Virginia 24-21 for the best start in school history.

Cincinnati (10-0, 6-0 Big East) struggled offensively because of uncharacteristic mistakes. Isaiah Pead ran for a career-high 175 yards, and sophomore Zach Collaros threw for 205 yards in his fourth start in place of Pike, who is recovering from an injury to his non-throwing arm.

•Three Tennessee freshmen charged with attempted armed robbery will not play Saturday at Mississippi. The team will travel to Oxford, Miss., without wide receiver NuKeese Richardson, safety Janzen Jackson and defensive back Mike Edwards. The three 18-year-olds are accused of demanding money from three people at a gas station near Tennessee's campus early Thursday morning.

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