Cincinnati and Miami were beating each other up defensively and the offenses struggled to respond. In the first quarter both teams had the ball for about the same amount of time but neither could capitalize with any points. Miami's offense struggled the most only managing 32 yards of total offense. Quarterback Austin Boucher was trying to find running lanes but nothing seemed to be working.
The Bearcats offense wasn't much better as they gained more yards than Miami but never really got into any type of rhythm. After 1 quarter of play they already had three punts and were 1 of 4 on third down. Their is no doubt Miami played a heck of a game defensively but anytime the offense got anything going it was setback by penalties.
At the end of the first quarter Cincinnati had 5 penalties for a total of 49 yards. It can be described as a game that wasn't pretty but Bearcats linebacker Greg Blair had a different take from the defensive side of the ball.
"Any time we can shut our opponent out its a pretty win for me," said Blair after the game. "I'll take the win 14-0 any day."
The second and third quarter was much of the same with both teams punting the ball back and forth to each other with little to no offensive success. At the end of three quarters both teams were still scoreless. This was the first time that has happened in an FBS game since 2007. That is quite a stat but one that neither the RedHawks or Bearcats offense wanted to be a part of.
The fourth quarter was where the Bearcats were finally able to pull away. However, this did not come until their was only 4:55 left in the ball game. The Cincinnati offense was finally able to put together a drive and capitalized at the end with a 1 yard touchdown run by UC running back Hosey Williams.
Miami looked to respond on the next drive but that was put to a stop when RedHawks quarterback Austin Boucher's pass was intercepted by Cincinnati's senior defensive back Deven Drane. Drane returned the ball back into Cincinnati territory which set the offense up nicely for the knockout blow the Bearcats needed. Several plays later the Bearcats did a quarterback keep on the 1 yard line by Kay to put the Bearcats up by two scores.
Although both offenses played horrible, the defensive side of the ball was a different story. Both defenses have to be proud of the way they did on the field today, especially Miami. They laid it all out there today against a better Bearcat team and you have to respect the RedHawks for their effort and drive. Cincinnati defensive tackle Jordan Stepp gave a lot of credit to Miami after the game.
"They play their butts off every time we play," said Stepp after the win. "We always have great games and I just want to thank everyone at Miami for making this game special."
This was not a pretty win by any means but it is a win nonetheless. Cincinnati improves to 3-1 on the season as the bye week will give them time to regroup. In two weeks the Bearcats travel to Tampa to take on the Bulls of South Florida.