NCAAF Game Recap - UCLA at Cincinnati
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Cincinnati 24, UCLA 14

Aug 29, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

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Cincinnati (1-0)

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7

7

24

Warren, Ridder lead Bearcats to 24-14 win over UCLA
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:13 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) Thursday night lights. National television. Power Five opponent.

Cincinnati was more than ready for prime time - even sophomore safety Ja'von Hicks.

Hicks led an opportunistic Bearcats defense with an interception and fumble recovery, junior running back Michael Warren II scored one touchdown on the ground and caught one of sophomore quarterback Desmond Ridder's two scoring passes, and Cincinnati beat the UCLA Bruins 24-14 on Thursday in the teams' season-opener before a raucous crowd of 38,032 at venerable Nippert Stadium.

"Big stage, great atmosphere," said Warren, who finished with 92 yards on 26 carries while Ridder was 18-for-26 for 242 yards.

Despite losing his voice in the first half, forcing the offense to use silent counts, Ridder also connected with graduate-transfer tight end Josiah Deguara for a touchdown. Senior kicker Sam Crosa added a 44-yard field goal.

"Desmond did a good job of managing the game," said third-year coach Luke Fickell, who led Cincinnati to an 11-2 record last season. "He was slinging and the throwing the ball well early."

Hicks came up with a fumble recovery and an interception for the Bearcats, earning a game ball while starting in place of injured junior James Wiggins.

"Everybody was very proud of Ja'von," said senior linebacker Perry Young, who also had an interception. "He got a little emotional when he got the game ball in the locker room."

Hicks didn't have a perfect night. The local product whiffed on an open-field tackle in the middle of the field on junior wide receiver Demeric Felton's 75-yard touchdown catch-and-run in the second quarter and was whistled for a facemask penalty in the third quarter, but Fickell liked the way Hicks responded to the mistakes.

"Overcoming mistakes is huge," said Fickell, pointing out that Hicks symbolized the whole Bearcats team. "They have the confidence that comes from winning. They learned last year how to work through it. There wasn't a panic."

UCLA sophomore quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson was 8-for-26 for 156 yards and two TDS, the 75-yarder to Felton and a seven-yard scoring toss to sophomore wide receiver Chase Cota. Thompson-Robinson also lost his grip on the football twice and threw two interceptions, personally accounting for all four UCLA turnovers.

"I was horrible," Thompson-Robinson said. "We have to look at the film It was very disappointing, not only because we didn't get the win but looking at these guys faces."

"Fumbles and interceptions aren't always the quarterback's fault," UCLA coach Chip Kelly said. "We will look at the film and reassess what happened. Dorian has a confident way about him. You could tell it hurt, but I don't worry about him."

Cincinnati knocked off UCLA in the opener for the second straight season. The Bearcats beat the Bruins 26-17 at the Rose Bowl last season.

Displaying first-game rust, the two teams combined for 19 penalties, costing them a total of 123 yards. Fickell admitted it "wasn't the prettiest thing in the world."

"It wasn't very clean," Fickell said. "To get this under our belt is huge."

"We have 87 freshmen and sophomores," Kelly said. "We have 48 players that weren't here last year. It was their first game, their first time on a plane. We have to pack Similac instead of Gatorade."

The Bearcats never trailed after Ridder and Deguara teamed up on a 16-yard scoring pass following Hicks' recovery of a Thompson-Robinson fumble at Cincinnati's 17-yard line on UCLA's first possession of the season.

Warren scored on a bruising 12-yard run on Cincinnati's fifth play after senior linebacker Perry Young intercepted Thompson-Robinson at UCLA's 30-yard line on the Bruins' first possession of the second half. The junior running back celebrated by dancing across the end zone and tugging his right fist up-and-down as if he was tooting a train whistle.

GOING NOWHERE

Bruins' sophomore cornerback Elijah Gates pried the ball out of Bearcats' junior running back Gerrid Doaks's grasp and senior linebacker Jason Harris recovered for UCLA, but the Bruins went nowhere but backward on the ensuing possession in the second quarter.

OUT OF CONTROL

Bruins sophomore CB Jay Shaw intercepted Ridder at the goal line and returned it to the Cincinnati 34-yard line before being flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. Senior center Boss Tagaloa was called for the same penalty on the next play.

HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS

UCLA's first four offensive plays of the second half went penalty, two-yard run, incompletion, interception.

SIGH OF RELIEF

UCLA senior linebacker Krys Barnes thought he had a touchdown after recovering a Warren fumble late in the game, but officials ruled that Warren was down before the ball came loose, a ruling confirmed by replay. Warren was shaken up on the play but walked off.

THE TAKEAWAY

UCLA: Kelly will have to wait another week to log the 50th win of his college career. He is 3-10 in his second season with Bruins, more losses than the seven he incurred in four seasons with Oregon.

UC: Despite losing three starters from a line that anchored the American Athletic Conference's best defense last season, the Bearcats limited UCLA to 62 rushing yards.

UP NEXT

UCLA: The Bruins are scheduled to play their home opener on September 7 against San Diego State.

UC: The Bearcats are scheduled to travel to Columbus, Ohio, to face No. 5 Ohio State on September 7.

Passing

UCLA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Thompson-Robinson 26 8 30.8 2 156 75 2 46.3
Cin Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Ridder 26 18 69.2 2 242 52 1 108.2

Rushing

UCLA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Felton 23 71 3.1 10 0
M. Irby 3 11 3.7 7 0
Cin Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Warren II 26 92 3.5 15 1
G. Doaks 10 53 5.3 14 0

Receiving

UCLA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Felton 2 91 45.5 75 1
J. Erwin 3 37 12.3 39 0
Cin Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Pierce 2 59 29.5 52 0
J. Deguara 4 53 13.3 16 1

Fumbles

UCLA F FL
D. Thompson-Robinson 2 2
Cin F FL
G. Doaks 1 1

Returning

UCLA KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Felton 1 12.0 0 12 0 - 0 0
Cin KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Tucker 1 28.0 0 28 0 - 0 0
R. Montgomery 0 - 0 0 1 25.0 0 25

Punting

UCLA Punt Yds Avg LgPu
W. Lees 5 228 45.6 72
Cin Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Smith 4 180 45.0 59

Takeaways

UCLA Int Yds InTD
J. Shaw 1 66 0
Cin Int Yds InTD
P. Young 1 0 0
J. Hicks 1 15 0

Team Stats Comparison

UCLA Cin
Points For 14 24
Total Yards 218 417
Rushing Yards 62 175
Passing Yards 156 242
Passing Completions / Attempts 8/26 18/26
Turnovers 4 2
Interceptions Thrown 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 1/1
First Downs 12 23
Penalties - Yards 9/60 10/63
Time Of Possession 33:33 27:27
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/15 8/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 5/46 4/45

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UCLA Cin
Cin 7:51 TD Josiah Deguara 16 yd pass from Desmond Ridder (Sam Crosa kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter UCLA Cin
Cin 5:47 FG Sam Crosa 44 yd FG 0 10
UCLA 6:37 TD Demetric Felton 75 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (JJ Molson kick) 7 10
3rd Quarter UCLA Cin
Cin 3:16 TD Michael Warren II 12 yd run (Sam Crosa kick) 7 17
UCLA 9:20 TD Chase Cota 7 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (JJ Molson kick) 14 17
4th Quarter UCLA Cin
Cin 0:09 TD Michael Warren II 21 yd pass from Desmond Ridder (Sam Crosa kick) 14 24

Game Information

Stadium: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 38,032
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