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  11/23/21 - Desmond RidderrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 213 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Cincinnati moved into position to make the College Football Playoff on Tuesday night, climbing a spot to fourth behind Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama. A team from outside the Power Five conferences has never been selected for the semifinals in the previous seven years of the College Football Playoff. Heading into the final full weekend of games, one loaded with playoff and conference championship implications, Cincinnati (11-0) seems to have a realistic path to a playoff spot no matter what happens around the Bearcats.

Cincinnati plays at East Carolina on Friday and then meets Houston (10-1), ranked 24th by the committee, in the American Athletic Conference championship game on Dec. 4. Before this season, no team from a so-called Group of Five conference had ever been ranked better than seventh by the CFP selection committee. Michigan is fifth heading into its game against Ohio State that should produce the Big Ten's best shot to make the playoff. Notre Dame (10-1) is sixth. The Fighting Irish's only loss is to Cincinnati. Oklahoma State (10-1) at seventh is the highest ranked Big 12 team. Big 12 rivals Baylor (eighth) and Oklahoma (10th) round out the top 10 with Mississippi in between. - AP College Football


(DS#3 QB) rSr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  11/20/21 - Desmond RidderrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 213 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder threw three touchdown passes, ran for another score and even caught a TD pass to help No. 3 Cincinnati roll past SMU 48-14 on Saturday. Alec Pierce had a pair of TD catches for the Bearcats (11-0, 7-0 American Athletic). They extended the nation's second-longest home winning streak to 26 games and keep alive hopes of becoming the first non-Power 5 team to reach the College Football Playoff. SMU (8-3, 4-3) managed 199 yards of offense after averaging 498 through the first 10 games. Tanner Mordecai, the AAC offensive player of the week last week for the fourth time this season, had only 63 yards passing and was sacked three times.

It was an emphatic start to the game for the Bearcats. After Cincinnati forced SMU to punt on its first possession, Ridder found Tyler Scott wide open for a 53-yard scoring pass on the first play from scrimmage. Ridder passed for 274 yards. Following a partially blocked punt by Wilson Huber, the Bearcats took over at the SMU 25 and Jerome Ford's 4-yard run made it 14-0 with 5:32 left in the first quarter. Ford had 20 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown after missing a game due to injury. After a fumble ended a promising drive for the Mustangs, Ridder scored on a 40-yard keeper on fourth-and-1 to make it 20-0 in the second quarter. Alec Pierce caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Ridder and the Bearcats led 27-0 at halftime. Pierce had two TD catches. Cincinnati's halftime lead could have been larger had it not been for a missed extra-point attempt and two missed field goal attempts, one which was blocked. The Bearcats defense forced six three-and-outs in the first half, tying a single-game season-high. - Cincinnati/AP College Football


(DS#3 QB) rSr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  11/16/21 - Desmond RidderrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 213 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  NOV 15 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Desmond Ridder, Sr., QB, Cincinnati,...Completed 31 of 39 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns and had 65 rushing yards with a TD in a 45-28 win at South Florida. Set Cincinnati's career record for touchdown passes (79). - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#3 QB) rSr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  11/16/21 - *Ahmad GardnerJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 193 (DS#1 CB) + More +

  NOV 15 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Ahmad Gardner, Jr., CB, Cincinnati,...Had a sack, a forced fumble, an interception and a quarterback hurry in a 45-28 win at South Florida. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#1 CB) Jr/2022 CB *Ahmad GardnerCincinnati
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  11/12/21 - Desmond RidderrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 213 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder threw two touchdown passes to break the Cincinnati career record and ran for a score to help the No. 2 Bearcats beat South Florida 45-28 on Friday night. Cincinnati (10-0, 6-0 American Athletic, No. 5 CFP), one of four unbeaten FBS teams, has started the season with 10 consecutive wins for just the second time in school history. The Bearcats also did it in 2009, when they got off to a 12-0 start. "We know we're still climbing and when you're climbing a mound there's going to be struggles, there's going to be obstacles and we had some tonight," Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said. "I thought Desmond Ridder had a phenomenal night." Ridder broke the school record with this 79th touchdown pass, a 21-yard strike to Josh Whyle early in the third that made it 31-7.

Gino Guidugli, now Cincinnati's quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator, had 78 scoring passes from 2001-04. "Something special, man," Guidugli said. "He's earned that. It just makes it that much more special if your record is going to broken, I'm extremely happy for him. I love him like a son." Ridder completed 31 of 39 passes for 304 yards, and ran for 65 yards on 13 carries. He brought the record-breaking ball to his postgame media session. "I told everyone in the locker room that this ball and this record wasn't just me," Ridder said. The Bearcats played without running back Jerome Ford due to a leg injury that happened during last week against Tulsa. Ford has 888 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns. Jaren Mangham had two rushing TDs for South Florida (2-8, 1-5), which has lost 19 consecutive games against teams ranked in the top 20 since upsetting Notre Dame on the road in October 2011. He has 15 touchdowns on the ground this season, tied for second-most in USF history. - Cincinnati/AP College Football


(DS#3 QB) rSr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  11/08/21 - Joel DublankorSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-2, 243 (DS#15 ILB) + More +

  NOV 8 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Joel Dublanko, Gr., LB, Cincinnati,...Had a game-high 17 tackles with one tackle for loss in a 28-20 win against Tulsa. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#15 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Joel DublankoCincinnati
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  11/08/21 - Alec PierceSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 208 (DS#13 WR) + More +

  NOV 8 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Alec Pierce, Sr., WR, Cincinnati,...Had five receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown in a 28-20 win against Tulsa. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#13 WR) Sr/2022 WR Alec PierceCincinnati
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  11/07/21 - *Ahmad GardnerJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 193 (DS#1 CB) + More +

  Cincinnati held on to the No. 2 ranking by just four points over No. 3 Alabama in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, and Oregon passed Ohio State to move up to No. 5. Georgia is a unanimous No. 1 for the fifth straight week in the Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. The teams closest to the Bulldogs are more tightly packed after another weekend of upsets and close calls. The Bearcats received 1,440 points from the media panel after beating Tulsa 28-20, and the Crimson Tide had 1,336 following a 20-14 victory against LSU. Cincinnati has been ranked No. 2, best in school history, for four straight weeks. Oklahoma, which had an open date this past weekend, stayed at No. 4. Oregon moved up two spots to No. 5 after beating Washington 26-16. The Ducks jumped Ohio State at No. 6, taking advantage of Michigan State‚Äôs first loss of the season. The Buckeyes won 26-17 at Nebraska. The Ducks were as high as No. 3 in the country early in the season after beating Ohio State in Week 2, but had slipped behind the Buckeyes while taking a loss. - AP College Football

(DS#1 CB) Jr/2022 CB *Ahmad GardnerCincinnati
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  11/07/21 - Alec PierceSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 208 (DS#13 WR) + More +

  Tulsa's Steven Anderson fumbled as he was reaching for the goal line on fourth-and-goal from the 1, Jabari Taylor recovered for a touchback and No. 2 Cincinnati held off Tulsa 28-20 on Saturday. Desmond Ridder threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns, and Alec Pierce had five catches for 113 yards and a touchdown to help the Bearcats (9-0, 5-0 American Athletic) extend the nation's second-longest home winning streak to 25 games. "Well, that was a wild one," Bearcats coach Luke Fickell said. "It's about winning against a team that is a much better football team than their record shows." Shamari Brooks ran for 132 yards for Tulsa (3-6, 2-3), and Anthony Watkins added 105.

When Tulsa was stopped short on fourth down at the 4, it appeared the Bearcats would just run out the clock. But Ridder fumbled on a sneak, giving the Golden Hurricane life. "The snap slid right through my hands," Ridder said. "No excuses. Shout out to the defense for saving my butt there." Anderson gave it back on the fourth-and-goal play from the 1. "It's a tough, tough way to lose," Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said. "We get the ball back, we've got to get it in the end zone." The Bearcats beat Tulsa 27-24 on a last-second field goal in the AAC championship game last season. - Cincinnati/AP College Football


(DS#13 WR) Sr/2022 WR Alec PierceCincinnati
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  11/02/21 - Ben BryantrSr/2023, Cincinnati, 6-2, 214 (DS#9 QB) + More +

  Ben Bryant threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns, Hassan Beydoun caught 12 passes for 192 yards and two scores, and Eastern Michigan beat Toledo 52-49 on Tuesday night. Eastern Michigan (6-3, 3-2 Mid-American Conference) became bowl eligible for the fourth time in the previous five full seasons, and just the sixth time in program history. Jawon Hamilton scored on a 32-yard run to extend Eastern Michigan's lead to 52-36 with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Toledo got within three points with 2:14 remaining on Micah Kelly's 10-yard touchdown run and forced a three-and-out to get it back with 35 seconds left but time ran out before getting into field-goal range.

Toledo outgained EMU 672-490, but turned it over three times. Toledo entered ranked first in the MAC in scoring defense (18.3) and second in total defense (326.9). Redshirt freshman Dequan Finn was 30 of 45 for 461 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for Toledo (4-5, 2-3). Bryant Koback broke the century mark after just three carries, including scoring runs of 22 and 67 yards, and finished with 180 yards. - Eastern Michigan/AP College Football


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  11/02/21 - Desmond RidderrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 213 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  NOV 1 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Desmond Ridder, Sr., QB, Cincinnati,...Completed 17 of 27 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns and an interception and added 47 rushing yards in a 31-12 win at Tulane. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  10/30/21 - Desmond RidderrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 213 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder twice connected with tight end Josh Whyle for touchdowns, and No. 2 Cincinnati remained unbeaten with a 31-12 victory Saturday over a struggling but feisty Tulane squad that kept the game competitive deep into the second half. Jerome Ford rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown - his 14th this season - for Cincinnati (8-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference), which briefly trailed in the second quarter and led by just two points at halftime. Ridder passed for 227 yards and three touchdowns to go with his 47 yards rushing, but also was sacked in the end zone for a safety and intercepted. Whyle caught four passes for 79 yards.

Tulane (1-6, 0-4), which was playing without starting quarterback Michael Pratt because of his concussion during last weeks loss at SMU, lost its sixth straight, but did have a few standout performances. Running back Tyjae Spears, coming back from a knee injury that wiped out his 2020 season, rushed for 106 yards on 19 carries, highlighted by his 47-yard touchdown in the first half. Third-string QB Kai Horton, a freshman, started for Tulane because backup Justin Ibieta also was hurt. He completed seven of 16 passes for 79 yards. He was intercepted twice and sacked four times. - Cincinnati/AP College Football


(DS#3 QB) rSr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  10/26/21 - Curtis BrooksrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-2, 287 (DS#13 DT) + More +

  OCT 25 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Curtis Brooks, Gr., DT, Cincinnati,...Had a career-high 10 tackles with 3.0 tackles for loss in a 27-20 win at Navy. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#13 DT) rSr/2022 DT Curtis BrooksCincinnati
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  10/23/21 - Arquon BushrSr/2023, Cincinnati, 6-0, 190 (DS#3 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#3 CB) rSr/2023 CB Arquon BushCincinnati
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  10/23/21 - Ben BryantrSr/2023, Cincinnati, 6-2, 214 (DS#9 QB) + More +

  Ben Bryant passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third and Eastern Michigan rolled to a 55-24 win over Bowling Green on Saturday. The Eagles (5-3, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) scored three touchdowns in both the second and third quarters. Bryant had a 31-yard scoring pass to Bryson Cannon and his touchdown run in a second quarter that was highlighted by David Carter's 42-yard punt return for a touchdown. That helped Eastern Michigan take a 24-10 lead at the half.

Bryant connected with Gunnar Oakes for a 37- yard score in the third quarter and Darius Boone ran for a score before running back Samson Evans found Dylan Drummond for a 16-yard score, set up when the Falcons lost a fumble on the kickoff. Backup quarterback Preston Hutchinson had a touchdown pass to Thomas Odukoya in the fourth quarter. Bryant was 20 of 26 for 286 yards. Nate Needham's field goal to open the scoring for Bowling Green (2-7, 0-4) made him 14 of 14 on the season. - Eastern Michigan/AP College Football


(DS#9 QB) rSr/2023 QB Ben BryantCincinnati
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