NCAAF Game Recap - Cincinnati at Houston
Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Ala
47
TxAM
28
F
FlaSt
14
Clem
45
F
SCar
20
UGA
17
F(1OT)
Fla
28
LSU
42
F
Okla
34
Tex
27
F
MSU
0
Wisc
38
F
USC
27
ND
30
F
PSU
17
Iowa
12
F
Colo
3
Oreg
45
F
Hawaii
37
Boise
59
F
Utah
52
OreSt
7
F
Mich
42
Ill
25
F
WaSt
34
AzSt
38
F
Lou
62
Wake
59
F
UVA
9
MiaFL
17
F
TxTch
30
Bayl
33
F(1OT)
Mem
28
Temp
30
F
Cin
38
Hou
23
F
App
17
ULLaf
7
F
Syr
10
NCSt
16
F
ULMon
24
TxSt
14
F
ColSt
35
NM
21
F
MiaOH
16
WestMI
38
F
Toled
7
BGSU
20
F
MisSt
10
Tenn
20
F
MD
14
Purd
40
F
Rut
0
Ind
35
F
GATec
23
Duke
41
F
Ball
29
E Mi
23
F
OD
17
Marsh
31
F
NMSt
28
C Mi
42
F
NIU
39
Ohio
36
F
Kent
26
Akr
3
F
BYU
23
SoFL
27
F
UConn
7
Tul
49
F
SJSU
38
Nev
41
F
UNLV
34
Vand
10
F
IASt
38
WVU
14
F
URI
17
VaTec
34
F
MidTN
13
FlAtl
28
F
GASt
31
CoCar
21
F
UAB
33
UTSA
14
F
Fres
24
AF
43
F
Army
8
W Ky
17
F
NorTx
27
SMiss
45
F
Miss
27
Mizzu
38
F
UMass
21
LaTec
69
F
Char
23
FLInt
48
F
Navy
45
Tuls
17
F
Neb
7
Minn
34
F
Ark
20
KY
24
F
Wyo
22
SDSU
26
F
Wash
51
Ariz
27
F

Oct 12, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(25) Cincinnati (5-1)

14

7

0

17

38

Houston (2-4)

3

7

7

6

23

No. 25 Cincinnati holds off Houston late to win 38-23
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:03 PM

HOUSTON (AP) Luke Fickell described No. 25 Cincinnati's fourth-straight victory as "not the prettiest thing in the world."

The Bearcats (5-1, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) used a 21-point first half to pull away early and Perry Young's late 2-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed a 38-23 road victory over Houston on Saturday.

"Nobody thought this was a trap game," Fickell said. "This is obviously a very good football team with some guys down and some guys that are redshirting. But they have a lot of talent. You can tell they have a lot of fight. Our guys fought back and, in the end, they had the ability to battle through some of those adverse situations."

Desmond Ridder finished 14 of 24 for 263 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Ridder also had 11 carries for 50 yards and a score.

Trailing 21-10, Houston quarterback Clayton Tune, who was very limited in practice the past two weeks, re-energized the home crowd with a career-long 69-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Stevenson to start the second half.

"I thought Clayton, for not repping for two weeks, actually hung in there and did some good things," Houston coach Dana Holgorsen said. "He's our starting quarterback."

The Cougars (2-4, 0-2) cut the lead to five with 9:09 left on Tune's 6-yard pass to Christian Trahan, but it wasn't enough to prevent Houston's first 0-2 start in conference play since 2002, when the Cougars were in Conference USA.

"Came up short," Holgorsen said. "We had a chance to win in the fourth quarter. A couple of bad calls I thought prevented us from being able to get the ball back and go score. It is what it is, you have to deal with it.

"Some bright spots but overall just happy with the guys and the way they played. Happy with the way they fought. Nobody's happy about 2-4 and we've lost to four pretty good teams and we expect to be a good team as well."

Tune finished 9 of 27 for 184 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

"I felt like I wasn't able to be an effective runner like I normally am," Tune said. "I was kind of limited to just staying in the pocket, but we had a gameplan to work around it. I just have to play better."

OUTSIDE NOISE

The past few weeks, Holgorsen's football program has dealt with a lot of issues that haven't been on-field related. That continued on Thursday when former Cougar Justin Murphy took to Twitter and went on a 21-tweet rant about the football program, his scholarship, knee surgeries, redshirting seniors and his final interaction with Holgorsen.

"That's a non-story in our mind," Holgorsen said. "We wish him well and I think we are doing some things within our program that are pretty beneficial towards the future of this football program."

TURNING POINT

To close the third quarter with Houston trailing 21-17, Ridder ran 14 yards before he was shoved out of bounds and fell into the Cougars' kicking net. Cincinnati's Armaud Willis-Dalton was called for unnecessary roughness. Holgorsen could be seen yelling at multiple officials after the call.

"It was a very, very critical point of the game," Holgorsen said. "We didn't do a good job of rebounding and holding them to a field goal after that happened, which is disappointing."

THE TAKEAWAY

Cincinnati: A week after forcing four turnovers against Central Florida and limiting the Knights to their fewest points in 2019, Cincinnati's defense shined again. The Bearcats had four interceptions to run their season total to 13 and forced a fumble to help hold Houston to a season-low 23 points.Cincinnati has nine turnovers the past two games.

"The defense is doing a good job," Fickell said. "When the ball's in the air that's the thing you see different, when it goes up we are aggressive to go get it, instead of just hoping we can make a play."

Houston: With D'Eriq King redshirting the rest of the season, Houston has been seeking his permanent replacement for this year. Tune, Bryson Smith and Logan Holgorsen all got playing time. Tune started, Smith was brought in to run the wildcat formation and Holgorsen got his first playing time in the first quarter.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Cincinnati should move up with No. 23 Memphis losing to Temple on Saturday and No. 20 Virginia losing to Miami on Friday.

UP NEXT

Cincinnati: The Bearcats return home Oct. 19 to face Tulsa.

Houston: The Cougars travel to UConn on Oct. 19 for the teams' first meeting since 2016.

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Passing

Cin Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Ridder 24 14 58.3 3 263 75 1 118.6
Hou Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
L. Holgorsen 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0.0
C. Tune 27 9 33.3 2 184 69 3 43.4

Rushing

Cin Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Warren II 17 68 4.0 13 0
D. Ridder 11 50 4.5 18 1
Hou Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Porter 16 107 6.7 33 0
B. Smith 5 27 5.4 11 0

Receiving

Cin Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Medaris 3 121 40.3 75 1
A. Pierce 2 59 29.5 44 0
Hou Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Stevenson 3 120 40.0 69 1
T. Bradley 2 52 26.0 35 0

Fumbles

Returning

Cin KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Tucker 2 35.5 0 42 1 2.0 0 2
R. Montgomery 0 - 0 0 1 9.0 0 9
Hou KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Stevenson 6 17.8 0 30 0 - 0 0
B. Smith 0 - 0 0 2 1.5 0 3

Punting

Cin Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Smith 5 206 41.2 59
Hou Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Roy 4 216 54.0 61

Takeaways

Cin Int Yds InTD
J. Hicks 2 22 0
C. Bryant 1 0 0
Hou Int Yds InTD
D. Williams 1 11 0

Team Stats Comparison

Cin Hou
Points For 38 23
Total Yards 394 424
Rushing Yards 131 190
Passing Yards 263 234
Passing Completions / Attempts 14/24 10/30
Turnovers 1 5
Interceptions Thrown 1 4
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 17 16
Penalties - Yards 12/84 7/69
Time Of Possession 40:40 20:20
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/12 5/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 2/3
Punts - Average Yards 5/41 4/54

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Cin Hou
Cin 2:16 TD Desmond Ridder 13 yd run (Sam Crosa kick) 7 0
Hou 7:36 FG Dalton Witherspoon 31 yd FG 7 3
Cin 7:47 TD Rashad Medaris 75 yd pass from Desmond Ridder (Sam Crosa kick) 14 3
2nd Quarter Cin Hou
Hou 3:24 TD Jeremy Singleton 50 yd pass from Bryson Smith (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 14 10
Cin 6:27 TD Josiah Deguara 15 yd pass from Desmond Ridder (Sam Crosa kick) 21 10
3rd Quarter Cin Hou
Hou 2:20 TD Marquez Stevenson 69 yd pass from Clayton Tune (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 21 17
4th Quarter Cin Hou
Cin 1:19 TD Michael Warren II 11 yd pass from Desmond Ridder (Sam Crosa kick) 28 17
Hou 5:51 TD Christian Trahan 6 yd pass from Clayton Tune (failed 2pt pass) 28 23
Cin 10:33 FG Sam Crosa 32 yd FG 31 23
Cin 11:32 TD Perry Young 2 yd interception return (Sam Crosa kick) 38 23

Game Information

Stadium: TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 25,716
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