CINCINNATI -- Zach Collaros threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Cincinnati's wobbly offense finally found its legs in the second half Saturday, pulling away to a 40-7 victory over Indiana State.
The Bearcats (1-1) struggled to a 12-7 halftime lead, their spread offense going nowhere for a second straight game. Collaros directed Cincinnati to touchdowns on all four of its drives in the third quarter.
The two-time defending Big East champions improved to 13-0 at home over the last three seasons, two shy of the school record for consecutive home wins. They wanted to get their offense fixed before their next two games -- at North Carolina State, then against Oklahoma at Paul Brown Stadium.
Indiana State (1-1) got into Cincinnati's territory only twice in the first three quarters -- once on a fumble recovery. The Sycamores are 3-55 over the last six seasons.