Cincinnati — Jerome Ford rushes to 187 yards and two touchdowns, and Desmond Rider rushes to the 16th Houston 35-20 in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game on Saturday, with the third Cincinnati launching a close game in the third quarter. I threw three touchdown passes because I passed. ..
Ranked 4th in the latest College Football Playoff Rankings, Bearcat is the first non-Power 5 team to qualify. The final ranking will be announced on Sunday.
Cincinnati (12-0) won the second AAC Crown with three touchdowns within eight minutes, extending the country’s second longest home streak to 27.
Cougars Junior QB Clayton Tune passed 250 yards with two touchdowns and intercepts as Houston (11-2) lost for the first time after dropping the season’s opening game to Texas Tech on September 4.
Saturday’s first quarter was a wild first quarter where the team combined 24 points and 316 yards.
After the Cougars scored a field goal in the opening round, Bearcats responded by going 82 yards in five plays capped by Tyler Scott with Rider’s 25-yard TD pass.
Nathaniel Dell’s diving 16-yard TD catch brought the cougar back 10-7. However, in the first play of Cincinnati’s next possession, Ford was freed for a 79-yard TD run to give Bearcats a four-point lead.
Cincinnati led 14-13 in half-time, despite being owned by Houston for more than 22 minutes.
However, momentum shifted to Bearcats at the beginning of the third quarter.
Lider threw an eight-yard TD pass to Leonard Taylor after a Marcus Jones pass-interference penalty negated the Cougars force downstop.
In Houston’s next play, Barecats linebacker Joel Do Blanco intercepted the tune and Lider hit Alec Pierce with a 21-yard TD. Just like that, it was 28-13 Bearcats.
Ford made another long touchdown run of 42 yards, and within eight minutes Cincinnati turned a one-point lead into a 22-point advantage.
Houston: Momentum was on the side of Houston half-time when they chased 14-13. However, there were two important plays in the third quarter, with Bearcats scoring 21 straight points. The first was Jones’ pass interference penalty. The second was a passcut thrown by Tune in the first play after Bearcats scored.
Cincinnati: Despite being 12-0, Bearcats has relied mostly on help from other teams to gain a position in the College Football Playoff. They got more help early on Saturday as Baylor continued to defeat Oklahoma State University in the Big 12 Championship Game. Bearcats also need a quality victory alongside a victory at Notre Dame, and defeating Houston helps.
Houston: The bowl game hasn’t been decided yet.
Cincinnati: A potential berth for the College Football Playoff.
Cincinnati’s Tyler Scott (center) will have a touchdown reception during Saturday’s American Athletic Conference Championship Game with Houston in Cincinnati.
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