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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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

Bearcats smash UConn on Homecoming

The Cincinnati Bearcats celebrated homecoming with a 41-16 win over Connecticut. The first play from scrimmage was a 52 yard pass from Brendan Kay. The Bearcats did not look back. Kay threw for 4 TD’s and 300 yards. A Kay TD pass made it 7-0 Bearcats. A field goal by UConn made the score 7-3. Then Cincinnati took over the game with a 42 yard TD pass that commenced a 27-0 run that gave them a 34-3 lead. UConn scored two late TD’s, but the game was already decided, with a 25 point victory for the Cats. Cincinnati improves to 5-2 (2-1 AAC), and UConn falls to 0-6 (0-2 AAC).

 

Tide Rolls


Source: Mike Ehrmann

The Discover BCS National Championship pitted #1 Notre Dame vs. #2 Alabama at Sunlife Stadium in Miami, FL. With over 80,000 people in attendance, the game was expected to be competitive even though Alabama was favored by 7. But the Tide had other plans as they jumped out to a 21-0 lead early. At Halftime, the lead was 28-0. Fans wishing for a competitive game, were out of luck (unless they saw AJ McCarron’s girlfriend). More than half of the attendance were Notre Dame fans. But despite their support, the Fighting Irish were losing 35-0 in the third quarter. Late in the game, the teams exchanged two touchdowns, leaving the final score: Alabama 42 Notre Dame 14. The Crimson Tide have now won 15 National Titles, and 3 of the last 4. Alabama coach Nick Saban won his fourth National Title. Notre Dame was the first independent team to play in the BCS National Championship. There were two controversial calls early in the game. One involved a Notre Dame incomplete catch that appeared to be a catch, and the other was questionable ND interference with a punt returner. However, the lopsided score made these rulings fairly insignificant.


Source: AP
TIde RB Eddie Lacy was MVP, as he had two rushing touchdowns. Alabama QB AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes, dissecting the Irish defense at will. Two of those passes were caught by WR Amari Cooper. In the end, only two TD’s were scored by ND, a run by QB Everett Golson and a pass from Golson to WR Theo Riddick. It should be noted that BOTH teams had outstanding seasons. ND: 12-1 ALA:13-1

Sugar Bowl: Cards Crush Gators; Other Bowls

Allstate Sugar Bowl
The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Florida Gators 33-23 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. But from the first play, Louisville led the game and did not look back. By halftime, Louisville led 23-10, and was up 33-10 before Florida scored two late meaningless TD’s. Cardinals QB Teddy Bridgewater proved he was the real deal, by shredding Florida’s defense, throwing for 2 TD’s. Louisville and Florida both finish the entire season at 11-2.
Charlie Strong and Teddy Bridgewater talk about Louisville's win in the Sugar Bowl.

Discover Orange Bowl
Northern Illinois faced Florida State in Miami as huge underdogs. In the third quarter, a Martel Moore TD catch brought the game to a 17-10 game, with FSU leading. After a recovered onside kick, the Huskies were on the move before QB Jordan Lynch threw a drive-killing interception. Two FSU TD’s later allowed the Seminoles to pull away late in the 4th Quarter. FSU QB E.J. Manuel would finish his career with 4 consecutive bowl victories.
The stars of Florida State's Orange Bowl win talk after beating NIU.

Rose Bowl Game Pres. by VIZIO
Wisconsin could not overcome the hole they dug in Pasadena, losing to Stanford 20-14. Interim Coach Barry Alvarez (yes, the former coach) led his team in the Rose Bowl, after Coach Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. Stanford Coach David Shaw had more luck as his team finished 12-2, Wisconsin was 8-6Coach David Shaw reacts after Stanford's Rose Bowl win.

Outback Bowl
South Carolina survived Michigan in an exciting contest, 33-28. A highlight of the game was a devastating hit by Jadeveon Clowney which caused a fumble, and was recovered by Clowney.

Capital One Bowl
The Georgia Bulldogs beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 45-31 in Jacksonville, FL. QB Aaron Murray threw for 427 yards and 5 TD’s, easily deserving the game’s MVP award.

Heart of Dallas Bowl
Oklahoma State dominated Purdue in an easy 58-14 victory.

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl
Minnesota could not hold off Northwestern, as the Wildcats won 34-20. Northwestern was able to win their first bowl game in ages.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl
Clemson defeated LSU 25-24 on a last-second field goal. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd threw for over 300 yards and two TD’s in a thrilling matchup.

Belk Bowl Champs

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.