Bearcats win 6th in a row; Louisville up next

The Cincinnati Bearcats beat the Houston Cougars 24-17, Saturday. The Bearcats took 10-0 lead, and led 17-7 at halftime. The Bearcats with the win, have won 6 consecutive games in a row. Houston drops to 7-4 (4-3 AAC). They now have a record of 9-2, and are ranked in the Top 25 of the USA Today Coaches poll. A gigantic matchup with Louisville on December 5th will be the next and final game of the regular season. The rivalry game with Louisville, the Battle for the Keg of Nails, will be televised on ESPN.

For Cincinnati to win the American, the following criteria must be met: 1) Cincinnati must beat Louisville. 2) Central Florida must lose one of their two remaining games. This would result in a tie, but Cincinnati would own the tiebreaker, and receive the BCS berth.

 

American Athletic Conference Standings:

* – UCF 6-0 9-1
* – Louisville 6-1 10-1
* – Cincinnati 6-1 9-2
Southern Methodist 4-2 5-5
* – Houston 4-3 7-4
Rutgers 2-4 5-5
x – South Florida 2-4 2-8
x – Memphis 1-5 3-7
x – Connecticut 1-5 1-9
x – Temple 0-7 1-10
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Bearcats Maul Scarlet Knights

Cincinnati made a statement with a 52-17 win over Rutgers. The Bearcats scored 24 points in the first quarter and never looked back. Brendon Kay threw for 405 yards and 4 TD’s. Bearcats WR Shaq Washington had TD catch and TD pass, a unique combination. It was 38-7 Cincinnati at halftime. This impressive win keeps the Bearcats in the race for the American Athletic Conference championship. The Bearcats improve to 8-2 (5-1 AAC), while the Scarlet Knights are now 5-4 (2-3 AAC). Cincinnati is in a tie for second place. They play next week at Houston.

AAC Standings

#17 UCF 5-0 8-1
#20 Louisville 5-1 9-1
Cincinnati 5-1 8-2
Houston 4-2 7-3
Southern Methodist 3-2 4-5
Rutgers 2-3 5-4
South Florida 2-3 2-7
Memphis 1-4 3-6
Connecticut 0-5 0-9
Temple 0-6 1-9

Bengals’ Hail Mary Not Enough

The Cincinnati Bengals were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens 20-17 in overtime. The Bengals climbed past a 17-point deficit to send the game into OT, thanks to a Hail Mary caught by AJ Green. QB Andy Dalton threw 3 interceptions and 2 touchdowns. K Justin Tucker made a field goal in OT to give Baltimore the victory. Cincinnati falls to 6-4, while Baltimore improves to 4-5. Cincinnati hosts Cleveland next week.

UC holds on versus SMU

28-25 was final score of matchup between the Southern Methodist Mustangs and the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Bearcats trailed 10-0 in the 2nd quarter. 28 unanswered points later allowed the Bearcats to take a 28-10 lead. SMU had two late TD’s to pull within 3 points. A failed attempt of an onside kick sealed the Mustangs’ fate. QB Brendan Kay threw for two TD’s, as did Garrett Gilbert of SMU.

On a scary note, JaBryce Taylor of SMU was seriously injured (neck) on a kickoff return. He was expected to leave the hospital today. Cincinnati improves to 7-2 (4-1 AAC), and SMU falls to 3-5 (2-2 AAC). The Bearcats will play next week at Rutgers, Saturday.

American Athletic Conference as of 11/9 at 6:30 p.m.

* – Houston 4-0 7-1
* – UCF 3-0 6-1
* – Louisville 4-1 8-1
* – Cincinnati 4-1 7-2
Rutgers 2-2 5-3
Southern Methodist 2-2 3-5
South Florida 2-2 2-6
Memphis 0-4 1-6
x – Connecticut 0-4 0-8
x – Temple 0-5 1-8

Note: *=Bowl Eligible x=Not Bowl eligible

Not including Houston and UCF matchup tonight.

 

Bengals Fall in OT

Halloween was not kind to the Cincinnati Bengals, as they lost to the Miami Dolphins 22-20 in overtime. A safety ended the game. The Bengals looked sluggish all night and trailed 17-3. A 17 point rally, however, gave the Bengals the lead with less than 2 minutes remaining. Miami tied it, and sent the game to overtime. Bengals QB Andy Dalton struggled despite having 338 yards passing. He had three interceptions and was sacked five times, the last of which ended the game. RB Giovani Bernard shined, with 2 TD, including an amazing TD run you can see below.

The Bengals fall to 6-3, and the Dolphins improve to 4-4. Cincinnati remains in first place in the AFC North.