Gunner Kiel is sacked for a safety (Photo: Trevor Stewart)
While the Cincinnati Bearcats Women’s soccer team won the conference championship this weekend, the football team eliminated itself from doing the same. The Bearcats, who faced No. 25 Houston (undefeated), lost 33-30 in a competitive contest. Cincinnati had three turnovers, 11 penalties, and a botched onside kick. The sloppy play did not prevent the Bearcats from making it close. QB Gunner Kiel led Cincinnati with 523 yards passing (career-high) and four touchdowns despite throwing two interceptions. QB Greg Ward Jr. led Houston to their ninth victory (9-0, (5-0 AAC)) throwing two touchdown passes, and also two interceptions. Houston RB Kenneth Farrow ran for 106 yards and a touchdown. The Bearcats could not convert on downs late in the fourth quarter, effectively ending the game. Houston now is the only undefeated team in the American Athletic Conference. Cincinnati falls to 5-4 (2-3 AAC).
Cincinnati returns to Nippert Stadium to play Tulsa, who has identical records, on Saturday night 7:30 p.m. (ESPNEWS). Houston plays Memphis (8-1) next week.
The Cincinnati Bengals continued their undefeated season by defeating the Cleveland Browns 31-10. Tyler Eifert, TE for the Bengals, had three touchdown catches. Bengals QB Andy Dalton delivered all three of those passes. Meanwhile, Browns QB Johnny Manziel, filling for the resting Josh McCown, threw one TD, but had trouble avoiding sacks. In the end, the Bengals defense was too much, as the Browns were held scoreless in the 2nd half. The Bengals continue their franchise record-setting season next Monday night (11/16) against the Houston Texans.
In case you haven’t heard, the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday 16-10. The game itself was uglier than the perfect record the Bengals possess. Quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Ben Roethlisberger combined for 5 interceptions. But the defense stepped up with 3 Cincinnati interceptions. The win brings the Bengals’ record to 7-0, a franchise best. Yes, no Cincinnati Bengals team has ever gone 7-0. The last time Cincinnati went 6-0 (1988), they made it to Super Bowl XXIII. With the Bengals’ excellent start, they have climbed many ‘power rankings’ in the national media. The AP Pro32 rankings below have them tied for 2nd place (with Denver) behind only New England. Four undefeated teams remain in the NFL:
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The Cincinnati Bearcats were huge favorites coming into the game Saturday. After all, UC was 4-3 and UCF was 0-7. But the 52-7 pummeling Cincy was able to deliver was impressive. Gunner Kiel’s 15 completions, are the most in FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) without an incompletion in twenty years. The Knights were never competitive as interim head coach Danny Barrett took over for George O’ Leary, who retired/resigned just last week. UCF fell to 0-8, while the Cats’ moved to 5-3. Up next comes a matchup with undefeated Houston (8-0).