Bearcats Headed to Belk Bowl After Loss

The Cincinnati Bearcats lost to #19 Louisville Thursday night, 31-24 in overtime. A sold out crowd of over 36,000 people witnessed the most dramatic game of the season for the Bearcats. Louisville jumped out to a 10-0 lead thanks in large part to QB Teddy Bridgewater. Cincinnati scored two TD’s, and took the lead 14-10, heading into the fourth quarter. The final quarter was back and forth. Bridgewater led Louisville to a TD to make it 17-14. Cincinnati responded with a rushing TD, 21-17. But Teddy Bridgewater could not be stopped, as he made an incredible 4th down conversion via running. Then he made an acrobatic touchdown pass. Cincinnati’s Brendon Kay drove the Bearcats to the red zone. A field goal by Tony Miliano sent the game to OT. In the first OT, Louisville benefitted from a penalty, and scored on a rushing TD. Cincinnati failed to convert on four downs, as a dropped pass ended the game. Louisville improves to 11-1 (7-1 AAC), while Cincinnati goes to 9-3 (6-2 AAC).

Final American Athletic Conference Standings *=Bowl Eligible

* – UCF 8-0 11-1
* – Louisville 7-1 11-1
* – Cincinnati 6-2 9-3
* – Houston 5-3 8-4
x – Southern Methodist 4-4 5-7
x – Connecticut 3-5 3-9
* – Rutgers 3-5 6-6
x – South Florida 2-6 2-10
x – Temple 1-7 2-10
x – Memphis 1-7 3-9

Cincinnati is now headed to the Belk Bowl vs. North Carolina (6-6) of the ACC. This will be the second straight appearance for the Bearcats in the Belk Bowl. The game will be held in Charlotte, NC on December 28 (Sat.).


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