POSTED: Sunday, December 07, 2008

One and done for Goodman

Cincinnati's Dominick Goodman saw his final regular-season game come and go in the blink of an eye.

The senior wide receiver was injured on the first play from scrimmage as he tried to make a leaping catch on the sidelines. He immediately limped off the field, heading straight toward the locker room and didn't return.

“;It's hard when you lose a player of that caliber,”; said backup quarterback Dustin Grutza. “;He's such a great senior leader. I think it hit the team harder mentally than it did physically.”;

Goodman entered the game needing seven receptions and 23 receiving yards to become the Bearcats' all-time leader in both categories.


No Pac-10 team for Hawaii Bowl

Hawaii will not have a Pac-10 opponent for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. Arizona's 31-10 win over Arizona State yesterday ended the Sun Devils' season and left the conference with five bowl-eligible teams. The Hawaii Bowl had the sixth pick.

The game is among five bowls looking for at-large teams. David Matlin, executive director of the Hawaii Bowl, said the Warriors' foe for the Christmas Eve game could be determined after the BCS games are finalized today.

Matlin said the schools he's had the most discussions with are Notre Dame, Northern Illinois and North Carolina State.


Pilares sits out again with injury

UH running back/slotback Kealoha Pilares sat out for the second straight game with a foot injury.

Defensive back Ryan Mouton, who missed the Washington State game with a sprained ankle, did not start but played nickel back and tipped a pass that resulted in an interception by Desmond Thomas in the third quarter.

Defensive back Mana Silva was helped from the field after a kickoff in the fourth quarter.


Special teams a mixed bag

Defensive lineman Keala Watson recorded his second blocked field goal of the season when he rejected Bearcats kicker Jake Rogers from 40 yards out with 3 minutes, 24 seconds left in the first half.

Tua Mahaley later went for a block but was called for a personal foul when he leapt off a teammate. Instead of a field goal, it resulted in a first down at the 1 for Cincinnati and the Bearcats scored to go up 10-0.


Grutza leads another rally

This wasn't the first time Dustin Grutza came up big in the fourth quarter.

The senior quarterback, who broke his right fibula against Oklahoma in early September, relieved starter Tony Pike in the fourth quarter of the Louisville game three weeks ago, and completed a 24-yard pass on third down to highlight a 72-yard scoring march for the clinching touchdown.

Grutza, the team's starter before going down with an injury, wasn't sure he'd play again this year.

“;When I first got hurt I didn't think (I'd play),”; he said. “;I've been rehabbing as hard as I can and I owe it to the training staff and all they've done to help me back.”;