UC loses to Memphis, but get Second Chance in AAC Champ.

Cincinnati lost to Memphis 34-24 in the final regular season game. The game was played in Memphis, and was the first collegiate start for UC QB Ben Bryant. He threw for over 230 yards and two TD’s but also turned the ball over three times. Controversial penalties stole the storyline, especially an unsportsmanlike conduct foul, that guaranteed a Memphis (**10-1, 15th**) victory.

The Bearcats (**10-2, 24th**) will play the Memphis Tigers once again in the Liberty Bowl (Stadium). This time it will be for the American Athletic Conference championship. The winner will likely play in the Cotton Bowl

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Cincinnati’s Michael Warren II (3) (Nelson Chenault-USA Today).

**As usual, records are DI games only, and rankings are from Sports-Reference.

Cincinnati Bearcats Claim AAC EAST

UC football took care of business the past two weeks, squeaking by USF (20-17) and then doing the same versus Temple (15-13) to win division championship. Cincinnati now has clinched a spot in the AAC Championship game. First, UC has its last regular season game Friday. They play at Memphis, and the result will determine location of AAC title game.

UC’s Michael Warren II ran for 106 yards and a touchdown versus Temple. Special teams also added a field goal, and a blocked extra point which was returned 95 yards for two points by Bearcats defender Coby Bryant.

Cincinnati Bearcats cornerback Coby Bryant (7) returns a blocked point after attempt 98 yards for a 2-point touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NCAA American Athletic Conference game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Temple Owls at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. The Bearcats clinched the AAC East championship with a 15-13 win over Temple.
Coby Bryant (7) completes a rare defensive two-point conversion (Sam Greene).

Cincinnati won the game at USF with a field goal as time expired by Sam Crosa.

Next Game: At Memphis Friday 3:30 p.m. TV: ABC Radio: 700 WLW

Sports 24/7 Top Five

  1. Ohio State
  2. LSU
  3. Alabama
  4. Clemson
  5. Utah

Sports 24/7 Under the Radar

  1. Memphis
  2. Navy
  3. Cincinnati
  4. SMU
  5. Appalachian State and Boise State (Tie)

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.

Bowls Continue

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.

Poinsettia Bowl

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.


Source: Kirby Lee/ USA Today Sports

Tuberville to UC

Tommy Tuberville has left Texas Tech to become the new football coach at the University of Cincinnati. This news comes one day after Butch Jones left for the University of Tennessee. Tuberville has coached at Ole Miss, Auburn, and Texas Tech. In 2004, he led Auburn to a 13-0 record finishing 2nd in the nation. Tuberville was with AD Whit Babcock at Auburn from 1999-2002. Now he rejoins Babcock at UC to move the team “to the next level.”

 

Unbeatens Live in Ohio

Cincinnati Bearcats

The Bearcats are 5-0, after defeating the Fordham Rams 49-17. They are ranked no.21 in the polls, and will play at Toledo next week at 7:00.

Ohio Bobcats
The Bobcats are the surprise of the year and are now at 7-0. Their most notable win is over Penn State. After winning 34-28 vs. Akron, Ohio will play at Miami (OH) next week at 3:30.

Ohio State Buckeyes

Although not eligible for postseason play, the no. 8 Buckeyes are 7-0 after avoiding an upset by Indiana 52-49. Purdue is up next for Ohio State at 12:00.