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  11/24/20 - Elijah PonderrSr/2021, Cincinnati, 6-2, 275 (DS#53 DE) + More +

  The last time Cincinnati played at UCF, Ridder completed just 42% of his passes (11 of 26), lost three fumbles and failed to get into the end zone in a 38-13 loss. Two years later, Ridder put that game way back in his rearview mirror, completing 21 of 32 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns. Ridder added two more scores on the ground. The former Louisville St. Xavier standout now has accounted for 21 touchdowns (10 passing, 11 rushing) in the last five games.

"The guy never ceases to amaze us," Fickell said. "I love it when people start to doubt him or start to question what he is doing or how good he is or can he really throw the football. All those things, all that does for him is just make him better because it locks him in, it focuses him." Ridder completed a pass to eight different teammates on Saturday, including a combined 11 receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns to his two tight ends, Leonard Taylor and Josh Whyle. But most importantly, Ridder, again, had zero turnovers. - Cincinnati Enquirer


(DS#53 DE) rSr/2021 DE Elijah PonderCincinnati
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  11/23/20 - Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  NOV 23 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Jr., QB, Louisville Ky.,...Ridder was responsible for four touchdowns and had 395 yards of total offense to help Cincinnati remain unbeaten with a 36-33 win at UCF, which had won 23 of its last 24 home games. Ridder completed 21 of 32 passes for a season-high 338 yards and two touchdowns and added 57 rushing yards with two TDs on the ground. Ridder, who leads the Bearcats with 16 touchdown passes and 11 rushing scores, has accounted for 21 touchdowns in the Bearcats' last five games. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#6 QB) rJr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  11/23/20 - Cole SmithrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 5-11, 193 (DS#999 K) + More +

  NOV 23 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Cole Smith, Cincinnati, Jr., K,...Scored 12 points, making field goals of 47, 26 and 22 yards and going 3-for-3 on PATs in a 36-33 win at UCF. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#999 K) rJr/2022 K Cole SmithCincinnati
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  11/23/20 - Darrian BeaversSr/2021, Cincinnati, 6-2, 242 (DS#103 OLB) + More +

  NOV 23 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Darrian Beavers, Cincinnati, Sr., LB,...Had a team-high 12 tackles with 4.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in a 36-33 win at UCF. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#103 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB Darrian BeaversCincinnati
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  11/21/20 - Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder three two touchdown passes and ran for two scores as No. 7 Cincinnati defeated Central Florida 36-33 Saturday to head into the release of the first College Football Playoff rankings unbeaten. The Bearcats (8-0, 6-0 American) fell behind 14-3 in the first quarter against their toughest opponent yet, but grabbed the lead by halftime. Dillon Gabriel threw for 243 yards, three touchdowns and one interception as the Knights (5-3, 4-3) lost at home for the second time this season. UCF took a 25-22 lead in the third quarter with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Gabriel to Marlon Williams. The interception Gabriel threw was costly for UCF.

Bearcats safety Darrick Forest picked off Gabriel's pass early in the fourth quarter and returned it 20 yards to the Knights' 16. Four plays later, a 1-yard sneak by Ridder gave UC a 29-25 lead with 13:07 remaining. Rider passed for 338 yards and ran for 57. Cincinnati used 10 plays to go 71 yards on its next possession to go up two scores. The Bearcats converted a fourth-and-1 at the UCF 26 and three plays later Ridder threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Leonard Taylor for a 36-25 lead with 7:15 remaining. UCF made it 36-33 with 4:27 remaining on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Gabriel to Jaylon Robinson and a 2-point conversion pass to Jacob Harris The Bearcats ran down all but one second of the clock, trying not score down near the goal line. Cincinnati was cutting it close and then an errant snap on fourth down gave everyone a jolt, but was recovered by Ridder. The Knights got one play from their 8 that went nowhere. - Cincinnati/AP College Football


(DS#6 QB) rJr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  11/16/20 - Jarell WhiteSr/2021, Cincinnati, 5-10, 205 (DS#28 OLB) + More +

  NOV 16 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jarell White, Cincinnati, Sr., LB, Cincinnati, Ohio,...White, who was also chosen as the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, led a Cincinnati defense that limited East Carolina to 17 points and 293 total yards in the Bearcats' 55-17 win. White had seven tackles, including a sack, and scored his first career touchdown on a 26-yard interception in the first quarter. White leads The American with 9.3 tackles per game this season. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#28 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB Jarell WhiteCincinnati
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  11/16/20 - Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  NOV 16 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Jr., QB, Louisville Ky.,...Ridder was responsible for four touchdowns and had 402 yards of total offense to help Cincinnati remain unbeaten with a 55-17 win against East Carolina. Ridder completed 24 of 31 passes for a season-high 327 yards and three touchdowns (33, 45, 12) and added a team-high 75 rushing yards including a 7-yard TD. Ridder, who leads the Bearcats with 14 touchdown passes and nine rushing scores, has accounted for 17 touchdowns in the Bearcats' last four games. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#6 QB) rJr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  11/16/20 - Coby BryantSr/2021, Cincinnati, 6-0, 198 (DS#21 CB) + More +

  Cincinnati limited East Carolina's Horton Ahlers to 87 passing yards in a 55-17 win. A year ago, Ahlers threw for 535 yards on the Bearcats. The Bearcats intercepted three passes for the second time this season and recorded four sacks while holding the Pirates to their second-fewest passing yards since 2007. - AP College Football

(DS#21 CB) Sr/2021 CB Coby BryantCincinnati
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  11/15/20 - Jarell WhiteSr/2021, Cincinnati, 5-10, 205 (DS#28 OLB) + More +

  NOV 15 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior, Linebacker, Cincinnati, OH/La Salle,...Jarell White recorded seven tackles, one quarterback sack, one quarterback hurry, and one interception which he returned 26 yards for a touchdown as seventh-ranked Cincinnati (7-0) defeated East Carolina, 55-17. With the win, the Bearcats have won 19 consecutive games. Notes: Jarell White is the second Cincinnati player (teammate Desmond Ridder, QB, Oct. 25) this season to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

(DS#28 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB Jarell WhiteCincinnati
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  11/13/20 - Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help No. 7 Cincinnati rout East Carolina 55-17 on Friday night. Cincinnati (7-0, 5-0 American Athletic) extended its school-record home winning streak to 19 games, the fourth-longest streak among FBS schools, and kept its hopes alive for a College Football Playoff berth. Ridder has accounted for 17 touchdowns in the past four games, including nine rushing TDs.

In Cincinnati's three-point victory over East Carolina last year, the Pirates scored 43 points and piled up 638 yards. The Bearcats were motivated to prevent a repeat. The offense got off to a fast start with Ridder's 33-yard touchdown pass to Michael Young to cap a 79-yard drive on their opening possession. Cincinnati had second-and-goal at the Pirates 3, but lost a fumble at the 5. Six plays later, however, Bearcats linebacker Jarell White returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown. After punting on three of its first four possessions, East Carolina (1-6, 1-5) drove 58 yards in three plays, pulling to 14-7 on Keaton Mitchell's 18-yard run. Ridder's 16-yard scramble on third-and-12 set up Jerome Ford's 24-yard touchdown run, and Tre Tucker's 45-yard touchdown reception highlighted a 28-point second quarter. - AP College Football


(DS#6 QB) rJr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  11/09/20 - Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  NOV 9 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Jr., QB,...Accounted for four touchdowns and 265 yards of total offense in a 38-10 win against Houston. Rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries and completed 17 of 27 passes for 162 yards and a TD. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#6 QB) rJr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  11/08/20 - Myjai SandersJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-5, 258 (DS#12 DE) + More +

  Entering Saturday's game against Houston, Cincinnati ranked seventh in the FBS in scoring defense, allowing 12 points per game. The Bearcats have held their opponent to 13 points or fewer in four straight games. "We're unique in terms of we can rush the passer with three or four guys and feel like we can get pressure," Freeman said. "If you don't feel like you need to blitz five or six guys every time in order to get pressure on the quarterback, that obviously gives you an advantage in the coverage aspect."

Cincinnati is sixth nationally in pass-efficiency defense (94.76) and ninth in rushing defense (97.0 yards per game). UC allowed only five rushing yards in a 49-10 win over Memphis on Halloween. The Bearcats also had a season-high six sacks against the Tigers, including 1.5 by defensive end Myjai Sanders, who earned AAC Defensive Player of the Week. "He's just in a groove right now," Freeman said of the 6-foot-5, 258-pound Sanders. "He's always had it in him. Man, does he practice hard. I think the best thing that Myjai does is he practices so hard. And in return, on game day, he's able to play at a really high level that maybe some other people aren't able to play at." - Cincinnati Enquirer


(DS#12 DE) Jr/2022 DE Myjai SandersCincinnati
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  11/07/20 - Gerrid DoaksSr/2021, Cincinnati, 5-11, 230 (DS#37 RB) + More +

  Gerrid Doaks believes Cincinnati deserves a shot at the College Football Playoff. He added the Bearcats' resume with a stellar performance Saturday. Doaks rushed for a career-high 184 yards, Desmond Ridder ran for three scores and threw for another, and No. 6 Cincinnati rolled to a 38-10 victory over Houston. "No doubt, why not?" Doaks said when asked about the Bearcats becoming the first team from a non-Power 5 conference to reach the playoff. "Why not get a shot? We put in our work just like other teams do. Our goal is to make a statement every week. Go out there and dominate."

Doaks ran for the most yards by a Bearcats player since Mike Boone's 212 in 2014 against South Florida. It was Doaks' best total since he had 149 on Nov. 4, 2017, at Tulane. Ridder rushed for 103 yards and threw for 162. He has accounted for 13 touchdowns (eight running, five passing) in the past three games. The Bearcats rushed for 342 yards. "It was kind of a monotonous, grinding kind of game," coach Luke Fickell said. "With our ability to do what we did, run the football, it really helped our defense." The Bearcats (6-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) extended their school-record home winning streak to 18 games. - AP College Football


(DS#37 RB) Sr/2021 RB Gerrid DoaksCincinnati
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  11/04/20 - Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  On the offensive side of the ball for Cincinnati, quarterback Desmond Ridder continued to prove he's the man for the job, building on his impressive performance from last week against Southern Methodist University. "The game has slowed down," Ridder said. "I'm just going out there an being me. Playing football, enjoying the game and just really having fun with it. From the offensive line, to the wide recievers and to the DB's. All people on the field, we're just out there having fun." Ridder was relied upon to throw the ball much more than usual in this week's affair. To close out the first half, he completed 14 out of his last 16 pass attempts.

Ridder's decision making with the ball in his hands has appeared to improve greatly over the past two weeks after making many questionable decisions through the first three games of the season. Another criticism of Ridder's has been his consistency in hitting receivers down field. Against Memphis, he completed two 40+ yard receptions; one to Alec Pierce for the opening touchdown of the game and one to Jayshon Jackson in order to set himself up for a 9-yard rushing touchdown in the redzone. Ridder finished his day 21-26 with 271 passing yards and 2 touchdowns and one interception through the air, as well as 41 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. - The News Record


(DS#6 QB) rJr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  11/03/20 - Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  This season is just weird enough to find a non-Power Five team in the College Football Playoff. Cincinnati could be that team. A large factor in that possibility is the play of Ridder. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback completed 21 of 26 passes for 271 yards and accounted for five total touchdowns (three passing and two rushing). Ridder last week was named the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week, Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week, Manning Award Star of the Week and the AAC Offensive Player of the Week after running for a career-high 179 yards and three touchdowns and completing 13 of 21 passes for 126 yards and another score at Southern Methodist University.

The key for the Bearcats in both games was Ridder took care of the football. He had zero turnovers last week, and outside of an interception on a deep throw at the end of the third quarter, Ridder held on to the ball against the Tigers (3-2, 2-2 AAC). "The game's just slowing down," Ridder said. "I'm just going out there and being me, just playing football, enjoying the game, really just having fun with it." Ridder lost a fumble, threw an interception and missed several open receivers Sept. 26 against Army. He followed that by throwing three interceptions against South Florida. But it appears Ridder has turned a corner, and that is huge for his confidence and for Cincinnati's lofty aspirations. "It starts up front," Ridder said. "Up front, all the big guys are doing a heck of a job moving the guys. I think once we keep it on them and keep it going, it's really hard to stop us." - Cincinnati Enquirer


(DS#6 QB) rJr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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