The Cincinnati Bengals finished the season 10-6 by defeating the Baltimore Ravens 23-17. Cincinnati will play the Houston Texans Saturday at 4:30. Meanwhile, the Washington Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys to also finish the season 10-6 as well and win the NFC East.
Thursday, the Cincinnati Bearcats (10-3) took care of the Duke Blue Devils (6-7) 48-34 in the Belk Bowl. Duke jumped out to 16-0 lead, and Cincinnati’s weakened coaching staff appeared lost. But the Bearcats scored 17 consecutive points to enter halftime, leading 17-16. The game went back and forth, and was tied at 34-34, when Duke had the ball inside the Bearcats’ 5 yard line. But a disastrous fumble for the Blue Devils, gave the Bearcats a chance to take the lead. Brendon Kay threw a 84 yard TD pass to Travis Kelce, to give UC the lead. A late interception-TD sealed a Cincinnati victory.
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl SMU 43 Fresno State 10
The SMU Mustangs (7-6) were underdogs by 13 points, but that did not bother them one bit, as they pounded the Bulldogs (9-4) with 43 points. SMU has made four consecutive bowl appearances and have won three of them. DE Margus Hunt of SMU was named MVP.
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The Cincinnati Bengals are headed to the NFL Playoffs for the second straight year. Yesterday, the Bengals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-10 to clinch a playoff spot. K Josh Brown was able to seal the victory with a 43-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining. Cincinnati (9-6) will be the sixth seed in the AFC. The Baltimore Ravens have won the AFC North with a victory over the New York Giants, 33-14. While the Bengals will play Baltimore next week for the Regular Season finale, the contest will not mean much for either team. Both teams know they will play in the first round in the Postseason. The Bengals will be on the road, and the Ravens will be home for the NFL Playoff games. Cincinnati could play either New England, Denver, Houston, or Baltimore. Week 17 will decide their opponent.
Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl (St. Petersburg) UCF 38 Ball State 17
The Central Florida Knights had lost to Tulsa in the C-USA Championship Game. But in this game, Central Florida jumped out to a lead and never looked back, as the Knights won easily.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette 43 ECU 34
The Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette made their second consecutive appearance in the New Orleans Bowl. Last year the Cajuns won in an exciting contest. This year was no different, as a late field goal clinched the victory over the Pirates.
MAACO Bowl (Las Vegas) No. 20 Boise State 28 Washington 26
The Boise State Broncos faced tough opposition from the Washington Huskies. Broncos QB Joe Southwick threw for 2 TD’s and 264 yards to lead BSU. A late field goal gave the Broncos a two point lead which would stand, giving the Broncos an 11-2 season.
In the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, the Brigham Young Cougars faced the San Diego State Aztecs. BYU won the game 23-6, thanks to outstanding play from LB Kyle Van Noy (Pictured). Van Noy blocked a punt, forced and recovered a fumble for a TD, and returned an interception for a TD. Brigham Young improved to 8-5, while SDSU downgraded to 9-4.
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The Cincinnati Bearcats were able to cruise past the Xavier Musketeers in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic 60-45, televised on ESPN2. Unlike last year, there were no skirmishes, punches, or trash-talking. Yet, the game was still competitive. By halftime, the Musketeers led 24-22. Cincinnati was only 25% in field goal percentage at the break. But the shooting improved, and led by Sean Kilpatrick’s 25 points, the Bearcats pulled away for the victory. Xavier’s Dee Davis played through pain, and had 3 steals. But when Davis and Semaj Christon were suffering from cramps, Xavier lost any control they had.