NCAAF Game Recap - Tulsa at Cincinnati
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Tenn
13
Ala
35
F
LSU
36
MisSt
13
F
Clem
45
Lou
10
F
OHSt
52
NW
3
F
WVU
14
Okla
52
F
Wisc
23
Ill
24
F
Mich
21
PSU
28
F
Fla
38
SCar
27
F
KY
0
UGA
21
F
Aub
51
Ark
10
F
Oreg
35
Wash
31
F
AzSt
3
Utah
21
F
Boise
25
BYU
28
F
Kans
48
Tex
50
F
Bayl
45
OkSt
27
F
Temp
21
SMU
45
F
Minn
42
Rut
7
F
Tuls
13
Cin
24
F
Mizzu
14
Vand
21
F
Purd
20
Iowa
26
F
ULMon
7
App
52
F
SoAl
13
Troy
37
F
ULLaf
37
ArkSt
20
F
UCLA
34
Stan
16
F
Marsh
36
FlAtl
31
F
Pitt
27
Syr
20
F
UNLV
27
Fres
56
F
Kent
38
Ohio
45
F
Hou
24
UConn
17
F
IASt
34
TxTch
24
F
GATec
28
MiaFL
21
F OT
NCSt
24
BC
45
F
C Mi
38
BGSU
20
F
Toled
14
Ball
52
F
NIU
24
MiaOH
27
F
OreSt
21
Cal
17
F
TCU
17
K St
24
F
CoCar
27
GaSo
30
F(2OT)
NM
10
Wyo
23
F
Buff
21
Akr
0
F
SoFL
3
Navy
35
F
SMiss
30
LaTec
45
F
UNC
41
VaTec
43
F(5OT)
Duke
14
UVA
48
F
Ind
34
MD
28
F
Char
14
W Ky
30
F
OD
14
UAB
38
F
MidTN
30
NorTx
33
F
Rice
27
UTSA
31
F
Maine
44
Lib
59
F
WestMI
27
E Mi
34
F
Tul
17
Mem
47
F
ECU
28
UCF
41
F
Colo
10
WaSt
41
F
SDSU
27
SJSU
17
F
Army
21
GASt
28
F
UTEP
17
FLInt
32
F
TxAM
24
Miss
17
F
FlaSt
20
Wake
22
F
Ariz
14
USC
41
F
Nev
10
UtSt
36
F
AF
56
Hawaii
26
F

Cincinnati 24, Tulsa 13

Oct 19, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Tulsa (2-5)

0

7

3

3

13

(21) Cincinnati (6-1)

10

0

7

7

24

No. 21 Cincinnati holds on for 24-13 win over Tulsa
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:38 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) The Bearcats were going nowhere, and now their best running back was limping off the field, giving Gerrid Doaks the chance he'd long awaited.

The junior running back who's been beset by injuries took the game into his hands and kept the 21ST-ranked Bearcats unbeaten in the American Athletic. He ran for a pair of touchdowns and turned a short pass into a 28-yard score as Cincinnati held off Tulsa 24-13 on Saturday.

"He's an example in that locker room of what you can do when you never drop your head, you never give in," coach Luke Fickell said. "He's the reason we're sitting here happy right now."

Doaks moved into a bigger role when Michael Warren II left the game twice with leg injuries. He became the focal point of an offense that had just enough to get Cincinnati (6-1, 3-0) a win on a day when the Bearcats remembered one of their best teams.

The Bearcats honored the 2009 team that went unbeaten in the regular season before losing to Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Players and former Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly - in town while Notre Dame has a bye - came on the field during the first timeout.

Doaks didn't expect to get the chance to play a leading role in the latest win. He missed all last season with a groin injury and two games this season with a knee injury, relegating him to a very limited status behind Warren. His first touchdown on a 4-yard run provided his first TD in two years.

"It was like a movie," Doaks said. "When I got the ball, I saw open field and I dove over the safety. I hopped up and saw everyone cheering. It's something everyone on the field wants to live."

His three-touchdown performance was barely enough.

Tulsa (2-5, 0-3) had a chance to take the lead after stopping Cincinnati on a fourth-down run at its 10-yard line with 4:11 to go and the Bearcats up 17-13, but Zach Smith threw an interception. Doaks then ran 27 yards for the clinching score.

It was a rough day for Smith, who lost three fumbles and threw two interceptions, one in the end zone. The Bearcats have nine interceptions and five fumble recoveries in the last three games.

"We're right on the verge, but it is not good enough," Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said. "We have to take care of the ball."

Cincinnati was committed to running the ball against a defense that's given up the second-most yards on the ground in the conference at 203.5 per game. Tulsa was up to the challenge, limiting Cincinnati to a field goal and Doaks' 4-yard touchdown run in the first half as the Bearcats managed only 145 total yards and a 10-7 lead.

"It's almost like we were in a little bit of shock," Fickell said. "We're accustomed to moving the football. It was quiet in the locker room. I think they really had confidence in what they were going to do."

Cincinnati finished with fewer yards (377-317) and first downs (23-18) than Tulsa.

"I think we faced the challenge and we were decent," Tulsa defensive end Trevis Gipson said. "We have to keep chipping away."

A weird play helped the Golden Hurricane get their only touchdown with 17 seconds left in the first half. The Bearcats partially blocked a punt and then touched the ball downfield. Tulsa recovered and went on to T.K. Wilkerson's 3-yard touchdown run.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane are 0-3 against ranked teams this season, also losing 28-7 to No. 18 Michigan State and 43-37 in triple overtime to No. 24 SMU.

Cincinnati: Warren limped off for a series in the first half and had to be helped off in the third quarter, putting little weight on his left leg. He finished with 35 yards on 13 carries. Doaks had 91 yards on 17 carries and scored on his only reception.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Bearcats didn't embellish their credentials with their ragged play in their fifth straight win.

KELLY'S RETURN

Kelly's 2009 team won the Big East with a 12-0 mark before losing to Tim Tebow's Florida team 51-24 in the Sugar Bowl. Kelly left for Notre Dame before the bowl game, angering some players and fans. Cincinnati arranged the 10-year celebration around Kelly's schedule so he could attend.

"It's been really special to get an opportunity to come back and thank them," Kelly said of his former players. "I didn't get that opportunity. It was taken from me. The circumstances were what they were."

UP NEXT

Tulsa hosts Memphis next Saturday.

Cincinnati is off next week before playing at East Carolina on Nov. 2.

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Passing

Tuls Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
Z. Smith 43 21 48.8 0 243 40 2 46.9
Cin Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Ridder 22 12 54.5 1 172 49 0 95.3

Rushing

Tuls Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Brooks 16 68 4.3 11 0
C. Taylor II 12 56 4.7 18 0
Cin Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
G. Doaks 17 91 5.4 27 2
M. Warren II 13 35 2.7 5 0

Receiving

Tuls Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Stokes 8 99 12.4 29 0
J. Johnson 5 58 11.6 27 0
Cin Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Pierce 3 63 21.0 49 0
R. Medaris 4 37 9.3 23 0

Fumbles

Tuls F FL
J. Johnson 1 0
Z. Smith 5 3
Cin F FL
D. Ridder 1 1

Returning

Tuls KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Stokes 3 19.7 0 20 1 4.0 0 4
Cin KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Montgomery 0 - 0 0 4 11.5 0 20
T. Tucker 3 18.0 0 22 0 - 0 0

Punting

Tuls Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Bennett 4 179 44.8 49
Cin Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Smith 4 197 49.3 57

Takeaways

Cin Int Yds InTD
D. Forrest 1 16 0
M. Brown 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Tuls Cin
Points For 13 24
Total Yards 377 317
Rushing Yards 134 145
Passing Yards 243 172
Passing Completions / Attempts 21/43 12/22
Turnovers 5 2
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 6/3 2/2
First Downs 23 18
Penalties - Yards 12/94 9/73
Time Of Possession 4:04 56:56
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 10/19 6/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 5/38 4/49

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Tuls Cin
Cin 3:10 FG Cole Smith 50 yd FG 0 3
Cin 8:11 TD Gerrid Doaks 4 yd run (Sam Crosa kick) 0 10
2nd Quarter Tuls Cin
Tuls 14:43 TD T.K. Wilkerson 3 yd run (Jacob Rainey kick) 7 10
3rd Quarter Tuls Cin
Cin 6:27 TD Gerrid Doaks 28 yd pass from Desmond Ridder (Sam Crosa kick) 7 17
Tuls 11:31 FG Jacob Rainey 24 yd FG 10 17
4th Quarter Tuls Cin
Tuls 2:48 FG Jacob Rainey 21 yd FG 13 17
Cin 11:23 TD Gerrid Doaks 27 yd run (Sam Crosa kick) 13 24

Game Information

Stadium: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 33,209
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