Cincinnati’s quest for an unbeaten season continues after a 36-33 win over UCF.
The No. 7 Bearcats scored 14 straight factors within the fourth quarter and took a two-possession lead with 7:15 to go when Desmond Ridder discovered Leonard Taylor for a TD. UCF lower the 36-25 deficit to 3 with 4:27 left, however Cincy’s offense chewed up the clock the remainder of the best way.
There was a scare on the finish, nonetheless. Cincinnati merely needed to snap the ball with a pair seconds left to attempt to finish the sport. However the snap nearly went over Ridder’s head. Ridder was capable of knock the ball down and get better it with one second left.
UCF’s closing play went nowhere.
Ridder completed the sport with 4 whole touchdowns. He was 21-of-32 passing for 2 touchdowns and rushed for 57 yards and two scores. The Cincinnati offense racked up over 475 yards whereas the protection stored UCF’s prolific offense in examine.
UCF had simply 359 yards of whole offense. The Knights entered the sport averaging 619 yards of whole offense by means of the primary seven video games of the season however had lower than 450 yards for the second consecutive recreation. UCF had 419 yards of offense in a win over Temple every week in the past after topping 680 yards in three consecutive video games.
Cincy stored UCF to its season-low whole by protecting the ball away from the Knights. Sure, time of possession is an overrated statistic, however UCF had the ball for simply seven minutes within the second half.
Dillon Gabriel threw his first interception of the season, too. That choose got here seconds into the fourth quarter with UCF main 25-22. The Bearcats transformed that turnover right into a landing 4 performs later and by no means trailed once more.
Cincinnati’s path to an undefeated season
The Bearcats are 8-Zero for the fourth time at school historical past and the primary time since 2009.
A 10-Zero common season seems like chance with video games towards Temple and Tulane remaining on the schedule. Although the Golden Hurricane are 5-1 and presently ranked No. 25 within the AP ballot.
Would an undefeated common season and win within the AAC title recreation be sufficient for Cincinnati to sneak into the Faculty Soccer Playoff? It doesn’t appear probably. Particularly if there are two one-loss groups in both the SEC or the ACC.
Proper now, Cincinnati has a decent grip on the Group of 5’s computerized New Yr’s Six bowl berth. It’s not a foul comfort prize in any respect. However for a workforce like Cincinnati that can most likely be within the high 10 of the primary CFP rankings on Tuesday, it might be a bit of underwhelming.
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