Recap: Cincinnati vs. Miami-Ohio
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Gunner Kiel threw for 271 yards and four touchdowns to lift the Cincinnati Bearcats to a 31-24 decision over the Miami-Ohio RedHawks in a non-conference battle at Paul Brown Stadium.
Kiel completed 25-of-39 passes and was picked off twice while under center for the Bearcats (2-0), who remain undefeated after the seven-point triumph. Shaq Washington finished with 71 yards on seven receptions, while Tion Green led Cincinnati on the ground with 73 yards on 15 carries.
For the RedHawks (0-4), Andrew Hendrix connected on half of his 26 pass attempts for 262 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. David Frazier submitted a monster showing, tallying 162 yards and two touchdowns on five catches. The loss was the 20th in a row for Miami, which has not won a game since Oct. 27, 2012 when it downed Ohio University.
Miami struck first as Hendrix completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to David Frazier four minutes after the opening kickoff. The Bearcats tied the score at seven with just under five minutes left in the first frame, as Kiel connected with Mekale McKay on a 27-yard touchdown pass.
The RedHawks took back control in the early stages of the second period with an 18-yard touchdown run by Paul Moses.
Cincinnati came close to evening the score on its next drive, but failed to cross the goal line after pushing into the red zone. Andrew Gantz converted a 21-yard field goal try to make it a four-point game.
The Bearcats then took their first lead, as Kiel connected with Chris Moore on a 12-yard touchdown. After Dawan Scott lost a fumble on Miami's 29-yard line, Cincinnati quickly capitalized with a four-play, 31-yard drive which ended with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Kiel to McKay.
The RedHawks narrowed the gap less than a minute into the third quarter when Hendrix connected with Frazier on a 74-yard touchdown pass. Kaleb Patterson's successful extra-point conversion left Miami with a 24-21 deficit.
Kiel once again made it a two-possession game at the 3:08 point of the third quarter, as he completed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Holton.
Patterson sent a 49-yard field goal try through the uprights with 13:20 left in regulation to reduce the Bearcats' lead down to 31-24. Miami's defense then forced a three-and-out, and a short punt by Cincinnati's Sam Geraci returned the ball to the RedHawks at their own 44-yard line. Miami proceeded to drive all the way to the Bearcats' 1-yard line, but Hendrix was sacked on two consecutive plays, setting up a 4th and Goal at the 13-yard line. The Bearcats took over possession after Patterson missed a 30-yard field goal try, and managed to run out the rest of the clock to seal the victory.
Quinten Rollins recorded a pair of interceptions for the RedHawks, who were limited to 2.3 yards per carry on 44 rushing attempts. Cincinnati held a narrow, 370-364, advantage in total yards of offense.
Miami is now 59-53-7 in its all-time series with the Bearcats.Game Notes