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Bearcats Win Belk Bowl, Lose to New Mexico

It was a good and bad night for Cincinnati athletics. Late game heroics balanced out and unfortunately caught up to the basketball team. 

The football team finished the regular season 10-3 with a 48-34 win over Duke in the Belk Bowl. The game had a wild finish. Duke was driving down the field to win the game with around a minute left. Brandon Mills' back caused a fumble when the Duke running back ran into it. Brendon Kay hit Travis Kelce for an 83 yard TD on the ensuing drive to put Cincinnati ahead. The Bearcats added an insurance score when Nick Temple picked off a pass and ran 55 yards for the score. Shit was bananas as the kids say. 

Brendon Kay threw for 322 yards and 4 TDs. George Winn ran for 129 yards and a TD. Travis Kelce had 123 receiving yards and Anthony McClung had 111 receiving yards to be the first duo to pull that off this season. I think. McClung looked especially electric. Nick Temple and Arryn Chenault had big INTs. The defense forced 2 fumbles inside the 10 that really were the difference in the game. There will be many more happy words about this tomorrow. 

As for the basketball team, they took their first loss of the season tonight. They fell 55-54 to New Mexico. The last play of the game saw Sean Kilpatrick inbound the ball to Cheikh Mbodj, who set a screen for the inbounder. That ended up with the center in SK's face for the last shot. He had it blocked. UC lost. It was very disappointing. I only saw the last minute so I can't comment on the rest of the game. UC made more 3s than they did 2s. They only attempted 4 free throws. Right there are 2 reasons for losing basketball games. 

Here are the box scores for both games. 

 

 

  MIN REB (O/D) AST FG-A FT-A 3P-A PF ST TO BLK PTS
Williams * 37 3 (0/3) 1 5-11 2-2 4-7 1 0 5 0 16
Adams * 30 4 (2/2) 0 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 0 2
Kirk * 29 7 (3/4) 0 6-8 2-5 1-1 1 1 1 3 15
Snell * 27 3 (0/3) 1 4-15 1-1 1-5 1 0 1 0 10
Greenwood* 27 3 (1/2) 8 0-3 0-0 0-1 2 0 3 0 0
Walker 17 2 (0/2) 1 2-5 0-1 1-3 2 0 2 0 5
Bairstow 14 6 (2/4) 0 3-7 1-2 0-0 3 0 1 1 7
Fenton 11 1 (0/1) 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 1 0 0
Banyard 4 0 (0/0) 0 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0
Thomas 4 0 (0/0) 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 0 29 (8/21) 15 21-54 6-11 7-19 12 2 14 4 55
    38.9% 54.5% 36.8%  
* Starters

  MIN REB (O/D) AST FG-A FT-A 3P-A PF ST TO BLK PTS
Parker * 36 6 (2/4) 2 5-14 1-1 3-5 3 0 4 0 14
Kilpatrick * 34 4 (2/2) 2 5-22 1-2 4-13 1 1 0 0 15
Mbodj * 31 10 (6/4) 1 2-3 0-0 0-0 3 0 1 3 4
Wright * 27 3 (0/3) 4 4-6 1-1 3-5 3 1 2 0 12
Jackson * 21 8 (3/5) 1 0-6 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 1 0
Thomas 18 1 (1/0) 0 2-5 0-0 1-1 0 2 1 0 5
Rubles 15 2 (0/2) 1 1-6 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 0 2
Nyarsuk 9 0 (0/0) 0 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 2
Sanders 5 1 (0/1) 0 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 0 0
Guyn 4 0 (0/0) 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 0 35 (14/21) 11 20-64 3-4 11-26 13 7 11 4 54
    31.2% 75.0% 42.3%  
* Starters

  1 2 T
NEW MEXICO  (13-1) 22 33 55
CINCINNATI  (12-1) 26 28 54

 

Cincinnati

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Kay 17/25 332 4 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Winn 16 129 1 46
Kay 10 76 0 26
McClung 1 14 0 14
Coney 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Kelce 5 123 1 83
McClung 3 111 1 55
Abernathy 3 44 1 41
Winn 3 11 0 5
Thompkins 2 18 0 18
Moore 1 25 1 25

 
 

1st Quarter

Duke Blue DevilsBrandon Connette 5 yard TD run (Ross Martin Kick Failed), 11:48
Duke 6-0
Duke Blue DevilsRoss Martin 33 yard field goal, 6:12
Duke 9-0
Duke Blue DevilsTony Foster 0 yard blocked punt return for TD (Ross Martin Extra Point), 4:45
Duke 16-0
Cincinnati BearcatsTony Miliano 45 yard field goal, 1:43
Duke 16-3

2nd Quarter

Cincinnati BearcatsAnthony McClung 26 yard TD pass from Brendon Kay (Tony Miliano Extra Point), 4:02
Duke 16-10
Cincinnati BearcatsRalph Abernathy 41 yard TD pass from Brendon Kay (Tony Miliano Extra Point), 0:42
Cincinnati 17-16

3rd Quarter

Cincinnati BearcatsTony Miliano 27 yard field goal, 10:02
Cincinnati 20-16
Cincinnati BearcatsGeorge Winn 46 yard TD run (Tony Miliano Extra Point), 7:41
Cincinnati 27-16
Duke Blue DevilsConner Vernon 10 yard TD pass from Sean Renfree (Issac Blakeney 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD), 3:00
Cincinnati 27-24

4th Quarter

Duke Blue DevilsDavid Reeves 2 yard TD pass from Brandon Connette (Ross Martin Extra Point), 12:45
Duke 31-27
Cincinnati BearcatsChris Moore 25 yard TD pass from Brendon Kay (Tony Miliano Extra Point), 11:19
Cincinnati 34-31
Duke Blue DevilsRoss Martin 52 yard field goal, 7:24
Tied 34-34
Cincinnati BearcatsTravis Kelce 83 yard TD pass from Brendon Kay (Tony Miliano Extra Point), 0:44
Cincinnati 41-34
Cincinnati BearcatsNick Temple 55 yard interception return for TD (Tony Miliano Extra Point), 0:14
Cincinnati 48-34

 
 

 

Duke

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Renfree 37/49 357 1 2
Connette 1/1 2 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Snead 17 107 0 22
Duncan 10 37 0 12
Thompson 4 29 0 14
Crowder 1 12 0 12
Connette 5 8 1 5
Renfree 2 6 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Vernon 10 118 1 23
Crowder 6 49 0 16
Scott 5 60 0 39
Duncan 5 27 0 11
Connette 4 31 0 11
Blakeney 3 26 0 12
Thompson 2 35 0 21
Reeves 2 8 1 6
Snead 1 5 0 5
Fumbles FUM LOST REC-O
Duncan 1 1 0
Snead 1 1 0
Connette 1 0 1

 

 

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