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  10/23/21 - Arquon BushrJr/2023, Cincinnati, 6-0, 190 (DS#20 CB) + More +

  Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell could tolerate his team's slow start, and he may have expected some issues defending Navy's triple-option offense. What was more grating was the fact No. 2 Cincinnati took a double-digit lead in the second half and then had to hold on late for the win. "We've got to find ways, especially on the road, when you're up, whatever it is, 13 points or something, to kind of close things out," Fickell said. "That's probably the only thing that I'm somewhat disappointed we couldn't and didn't do today, but we needed a challenge and we got one." The unbeaten Bearcats actually led by 17 at one point, but victory wasn't secure until Arquon Bush intercepted a pass with 25 seconds left to wrap up a 27-20 victory Saturday.

The Bearcats (7-0, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) weren't at their best, but they never looked like they were in danger until the final minute, when Tai Lavatai's 1-yard run made it a one-score game and Navy recovered an onside kick with 48 seconds left. The Midshipmen (1-6, 1-4) didn't do much with that final chance, though. Lavatai's third-down pass was picked off by Bush near the Cincinnati 45. The Bearcats were fortunate to lead by three after a mistake-filled first half, but they eventually snapped out of their offensive funk. Desmond Ridder threw for 176 yards and two touchdowns. - Cincinnati/AP College Football


(DS#20 CB) rJr/2023 CB Arquon BushCincinnati
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  10/19/21 - Jerome FordrJr/2023, Cincinnati, 5-10, 220 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  OCT 18 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jerome Ford, Jr., RB, Cincinnati,...Ford set a career high for the second consecutive week as he rushed for 189 yards and four touchdowns to lead Cincinnati to a 56-21 win against UCF, keeping the Bearcats unbeaten. Ford had all four touchdowns in the first half, helping to stake the Bearcats to a 35-0 lead late in the second quarter as he scored on runs of 1, 2, 79 and 4 yards. He averaged 9.5 yards per carry for the game, hitting his career high on 20 attempts, and enters Week 8 as The American's rushing leader at 118.2 yards per game with a league-leading 12 rushing touchdowns. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#11 RB) rJr/2023 RB Jerome FordCincinnati
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  10/19/21 - Coby BryantrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-0, 198 (DS#7 CB) + More +

  OCT 18 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Coby Bryant, Gr., CB, Cincinnati,...Scored a touchdown on a 74-yard interception return to lead a defense that limited UCF to a season-low 296 yards and 141 passing yards in a 56-21 win. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#7 CB) rSr/2022 CB Coby BryantCincinnati
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  10/16/21 - Jerome FordrJr/2023, Cincinnati, 5-10, 220 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Jerome Ford rushed for a career-high 189 yards and four touchdowns, helping No. 3 Cincinnati roll past UCF 56-21 on Saturday. Desmond Ridder passed for 140 yards and a touchdown as the Bearcats (6-0, 2-0 AAC) extended the nation's second-longest home winning streak to 24 games. It was first time in school history that Cincinnati scored 50 or more points in consecutive games. "The offensive line was the highlight of the day," Ford said. "It's the physical runs that took the heart from the defense. Tempo was the big thing this week. We wanted to take the pressure off Des." The all-time series was tied 3-3 coming in, with the Bearcats winning the previous two meetings by a combined six points. Saturday's game wasn't that close. It was just four seasons ago that UCF beat the Bearcats at Nippert Stadium by a similar score, 51-23. "This is a far cry from where we were five years ago," said Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell. "The guys that are still here turned the culture around." Cincinnati's special teams made the first big play when Josh Whyle partially blocked a punt to give the Bearcats the ball at the UCF 38. That led to a 1-yard TD run by Ford to put them ahead 7-0.

Ridder, who completed just six of his first 12 passes, hooked up with Alec Pierce in the back corner of the end zone for a 19-yard TD that put the Bearcats ahead 21-0 in the second quarter. "If you put a ball within a six or seven-foot radius, that kid is going to go up and get it," Ridder said of Pierce. The Bearcats didn't need to rely on Ridder and the passing game on Saturday, not with Ford gaining big chunks of yardage. Ford, who ran for a then-career high 149 yards in last week's win over Temple, sprinted 79 yards untouched for his third TD run to make it 28-0. "He makes my job a whole lot easier," Ridder said. - Cincinnati/AP College Football


(DS#11 RB) rJr/2023 RB Jerome FordCincinnati
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  10/12/21 - Jerome FordrJr/2023, Cincinnati, 5-10, 220 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  OCT 11 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jerome Ford, Jr., RB, Cincinnati,...Ford rushed for a career-high 149 yards and two touchdowns to lead a Cincinnati to a 52-3 win against Temple, keeping the Bearcats unbeaten. Ford scored on an 8-yard touchdown run to stake the Bearcats to a 17-0 lead in the second quarter and he broke the game open on a 75-yard TD on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. Ford averaged 9.9 yards per carry as he finished with 15 carries. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#11 RB) rJr/2023 RB Jerome FordCincinnati
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  10/12/21 - Coby BryantrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-0, 198 (DS#7 CB) + More +

  OCT 11 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Coby Bryant, Gr., CB, Cincinnati,...Had six tackles, an interception and a pass breakup in a 52-3 win against Temple, helping to hold the Owls to 236 yards. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#7 CB) rSr/2022 CB Coby BryantCincinnati
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  10/08/21 - Desmond RidderrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns and No. 5 Cincinnati routed Temple 52-3 on Friday night for its 23rd straight home victory. Jerome Ford ran for a career-high 149 yards and two scores to help the Bearcats (5-0, 1-0 American) avoid a letdown after their big victory at Notre Dame last week. "First time really playing a complete game," Bearcats coach Luke Fickell said. "Not saying perfect by any means, but a complete game. We talked about keeping that pressure on." The home streak is the second-longest in the country, behind Clemson at 31. Temple is the last team to beat the Bearcats at Nippert Stadium, edging them 35-24 in 2017.

Temple (3-3, 1-1) has played Cincinnati tough in recent years with the previous three meetings decided by a combined 20 points, including a 15-13 victory by the Bearcats in the last meeting in 2019. The Bearcats figured to get off to a fast start against Temple, which was outscored 50-7 in the first quarter through the first five games. They took advantage of a Temple mistake when Jadan Blue's muffed punt was recovered by Ja'von Hicks at the 13. Two plays later, Alec Pierce caught a 9-yard touchdown pass for a 10-0 lead. Pierce had six catches for 93 yards. "I know he's a guy who I can trust to go up and get the ball," Ridder said. "We've had a great connection and it's starting to show up in games." - Cincinnati/AP College Football


(DS#2 QB) rSr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  10/05/21 - Desmond RidderrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  OCT 4 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Desmond Ridder, Sr., QB, Cincinnati,...Ridder had 323 yards of total offense and three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) to lead Cincinnati to a 24-13 win at No. 9 Notre Dame to keep the Bearcats undefeated and give them their first road win in program history against a top-10 opponent. Ridder completed 19 of 32 passes for 297 yards and a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to stake the Bearcats to a 17-0 lead. He then led the Bearcats on scoring drives on its first two possessions of the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach after Notre Dame had closed to within four points. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  10/05/21 - Ahmad GardnerJr/2023, Cincinnati, 6-2, 200 (DS#3 CB) + More +

  OCT 4 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Ahmad Gardner, Sr., CB, Cincinnati,...Had a key interception and led a defense that held No. 9 Notre Dame to 50% passing and a season-low 13 points in a 24-13 win against the Irish. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#3 CB) Jr/2023 CB Ahmad GardnerCincinnati
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  10/03/21 - Desmond RidderrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The last pass of the day by Desmond Ridder was a celebratory heave way up into stands toward the Cincinnati fans who came to Notre Dame to see their Bearcats make a statement. Cincinnati wanted to use the first top-10, regular-season matchup in program history as a chance to show it belongs among the nation's best before heading into its American Athletic Conference schedule. Mission accomplished.

Ridder threw two touchdown passes and ran for score late in the fourth quarter as No. 7 Cincinnati capitalized on its big opportunity and beat No. 9 Notre Dame 24-13 in a game the Bearcats hope can be the centerpiece of a College Football Playoff resume. No team from outside the Power Five conferences has reached the playoff in its seven seasons. Never even came close. To break that barrier, the Bearcats almost certainly need to go undefeated and this trip to Notre Dame looked like the toughest test on their schedule. Not to mention the grandest stage they'll appear on this season. - AP College Football


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  10/02/21 - Desmond RidderrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder threw two touchdown passes and ran for score late in the fourth quarter as No. 7 Cincinnati capitalized on its big opportunity and beat No. 9 Notre Dame 24-13 Saturday in a game the Bearcats hope can be the centerpiece of College Football Playoff resume. Cincinnati (4-0) wanted to use its first Top 10, regular-season matchup as a statement game, heading into its American Athletic Conference schedule. No team from outside the Power Five conferences has ever reached the playoff. Never even came close. To break that barrier Bearcats almost certainly needs to go undefeated and this trip to Notre Dame (4-1) stood as the toughest test on the schedule. Not to mention the biggest stage they'll appear on this season.

The Bearcats were not quite dominant, but they were plenty good enough in their first trip to South Bend since 1900 to snap Notre Dame's 26-game home winning streak. When told how loud the crowd can be at Notre Stadium this week, Ridder quipped that it wouldn't be for long. The senior delivered, going 19 for 32 for 297 yards. He hooked up with Alec Pierce six times for 144 yards, and was at his best after Notre Dame cut the lead to 17-13 with 8:20 left in the fourth quarter. Ridder went 3 for 3, with a bullet down the middle for 36 yards to Leonard Taylor, on the ensuing drive. He capped it off with a 6-yard TD run around left end that made it 24-13. Cincinnati took advantage of three turnovers by Notre Dame in the first half to jump out to 17-0 lead. The miscues by the Irish were killers. - Cincinnati/AP College Football


(DS#2 QB) rSr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  09/20/21 - Deshawn PaceSo/2024, Cincinnati, 6-2, 218 (DS#15 OLB) + More +

  SEPT 20 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Deshawn Pace, So., LB, Cincinnati,...Pace had a game-high 10 tackles, including nine solo stops and added a key fourth-quarter interception with 4:27 left to preserve Cincinnati's six-point lead and set up the Bearcats' final touchdown in a 38-24 at Indiana. He led a defense that limited the Hoosiers to 39 yards in the fourth quarter. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#15 OLB) So/2024 OLB Deshawn PaceCincinnati
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  09/20/21 - Tre TuckerJr/2023, Cincinnati, 5-09, 175 (DS#55 WR) + More +

  SEPT 20 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Tre Tucker, Jr., WR, Cincinnati,...Had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and added three receptions for 18 yards in a 38-24 win at Indiana. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#55 WR) Jr/2023 WR Tre TuckerCincinnati
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  09/18/21 - Desmond RidderrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder threw the go-ahead touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, then scored on a 7-yard TD run to help No. 8 Cincinnati seal a come-from-behind 38-24 victory Saturday at Indiana. Jerome Ford ran for two scores and Tre Tucker scored on a 99-yard kickoff return as the Bearcats (3-0) won their first road game of the season. They've won 12 of 13 since the start of 2020. Indiana (1-2) lost despite taking a 14-0 lead - and playing in front of its largest crowd for a non-conference game since September 1987.

The turning point came when starting linebacker Micah McFadden was ejected for targeting late in the first half. The Bearcats, who struggled to move the ball, scored 10 points in the final 93 seconds of the first half and finally took the lead on Ford's 3-yard TD run in the third quarter. The Hoosiers regained the lead on D.J. Matthews Jr.'s 14-yard scoring run then gave it right back on the kickoff return. A missed extra point opened the door for Indiana, and the Hoosiers grabbed a 24-23 advantage on Charles Campbell's 49-yard field goal late in the third. Then Ridder got hot. He made it 30-24 with the scoring throw to Pierce before the scoring run and a succesful 2-point conversion pass. - Cincinnati/AP College Football


(DS#2 QB) rSr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  09/11/21 - Jerome FordrJr/2023, Cincinnati, 5-10, 220 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Jerome Ford rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns, Desmond Ridder passed for 243 yards and two TDs, and No. 7 Cincinnati beat Murray State 42-7 on Saturday. The Bearcats were heavy favorites coming in, but the Racers outgained them 190-83 in the first half and led 7-0 in the second quarter. "The only way to grow up is to have some adversity," said Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell. "We kind of saw what we're made of. We found out a lot about each other in the second half." The score was tied at halftime before the Bearcats (2-0) scored touchdowns on four of their first five possessions in the second half.

Fickell was concerned about his team's focus this week with an invitation to join the Big 12 and trips to Indiana and No. 8 Notre Dame looming. "I don't want to put my head in the sand," Fickell said. "It is hard to deal with 18- and 22-year-olds and their ability to stay locked-in and focus when we're going to get everyone's best shot." Murray State's game plan to control the clock and keep the Bearcats' high-powered offense on the sidelines worked well in the first half. Murray State (1-1) held the ball for all but 1:30 of a scoreless first quarter, outgaining the Bearcats 128-7. "They came out and monotonously were moving the ball," Fickell said. "It frustrated us as much as anything. I give them an incredible amount of credit for their scheme." - Cincinnati/AP College Football


(DS#11 RB) rJr/2023 RB Jerome FordCincinnati
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