NCAAF Game Recap - Cincinnati at South Florida
Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:00 PM EST

LSU
58
Miss
37
F
OHSt
56
Rut
21
F
Wake
3
Clem
52
F
Ala
38
MisSt
7
F
UGA
21
Aub
14
F
Ariz
6
Oreg
34
F
Minn
19
Iowa
23
F
UCLA
3
Utah
49
F
Ind
27
PSU
34
F
Okla
34
Bayl
31
F
Fla
23
Mizzu
6
F
MSU
10
Mich
44
F
Wisc
37
Neb
21
F
Navy
20
ND
52
F
Cin
20
SoFL
17
F
Mem
45
Hou
27
F
NM
9
Boise
42
F
Tex
21
IASt
23
F
Kans
13
OkSt
31
F
E Mi
42
Akr
14
F
WestMI
37
Ohio
34
F OT
NIU
31
Toled
28
F
BGSU
3
MiaOH
44
F
Buff
27
Kent
30
F
UNC
27
Pitt
34
F OT
LaTec
10
Marsh
31
F
Fres
7
SDSU
17
F
Tul
21
Temp
29
F
TCU
33
TxTch
31
F
UMass
6
NW
45
F
AlaSt
12
FlaSt
49
F
VMI
6
Army
47
F
UTEP
10
UAB
37
F
Troy
63
TxSt
27
F
CoCar
27
ArkSt
28
F
ULMon
29
GaSo
51
F
IdSt
10
BYU
42
F
C Mi
45
Ball
44
F
KY
38
Vand
14
F
WVU
24
K St
20
F
VaTec
45
GATec
0
F
(N/A)
28
NMSt
41
F
Hawaii
21
UNLV
7
F
Wyo
21
UtSt
26
F
Syr
49
Duke
6
F
Stan
22
WaSt
49
F
Rice
31
MidTN
28
F
ULLaf
37
SoAl
27
F
SMiss
36
UTSA
17
F
AF
38
ColSt
21
F
App
56
GASt
27
F
AzSt
34
OreSt
35
F
SCar
6
TxAM
30
F
Lou
34
NCSt
20
F
USC
41
Cal
17
F

Nov 16, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(17) Cincinnati (9-1)

0

0

10

10

20

South Florida (4-6)

7

3

7

0

17

No. 17 Cincinnati rallies to beat South Florida 20-17
Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:17 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) No. 17 Cincinnati’s latest fourth-quarter comeback had a familiar ending.

Sam Crosa kicked a 37-yarder field goal as time expired Saturday night, giving the Bearcats a 20-17 victory over South Florida and at least a share of the American Athletic Conference East division title.

It was Crosa’s second field goal of the game, as well as the second winning kick with no time remaining in the past three weeks.

“It's a feeling I really can't describe ... a really, really good feeling. That's all I can say,” said Crosa, who also booted a 32-yarder to keep the Bearcats unbeaten in conference play two weeks ago at East Carolina.

Teammates rushed from the sideline in celebration, and the party extended to the locker room.

“Just like after ECU, another big win for us. The whole team just really coming together and doing their job in the second half,” Crosa said. “I'm just happy I can do my part a little bit and the get job done for us."

The Bearcats (8-1, 6-0, No. 17 CFP) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to win for the eighth straight time, getting touchdown runs from Michael Warren and Gerrid Doaks before Desmond Ridder led an 11-play, 60-yard drive to win the game.

USF’s Spencer Shrader missed a 33-yard field goal that would have given the Bulls (4-6, 2-4) the lead with 2:07 remaining. The freshman’s fourth miss of the night hit the right upright and bounced away.

“There’s no blame for anyone,” Bulls coach Charlie Strong said. It’s just one of those losses that’s a team loss.”

Ridder was just 9 of 18 passing for 78 yards, but he had a pair of big third-down completions on the winning march - the last a short flip to Warren, who rambled 30 yards to the USF 40. Warren ran for 11 yards on the play and finished with 134 yards rushing on 26 carries.

Jordan McCloud threw for 267 yards and one touchdown for USF, which led 10-0 at halftime. The Bulls clung to a 17-10 advantage entering the fourth quarter, but couldn’t put the Bearcats away.

Cincinnati pulled even on Warren’s 2-yard TD run with 14:26 to go, but wasted an opportunity to pull away from the 17-17 when a holding penalty nullified Doaks’ 50-yard run to the USF 1.

“It's unbelievable, that group of guys in there,” Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said. “When you can go out there and not have your best, meaning the first half just not playing, nothing clicking. To find a way on the road ... we needed to find a way to all pull together. When those guys believe in each other, they're very hard to beat."

Cincinnati rushed for 200 yards, 169 in the second half.

The Bearcats, who rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat East Carolina 46-43, have had a penchant for performing up or down to the level of opponents this season - struggling against weaker conference foes they figured to dominate while playing their best in games considered to be tougher matchups.

This one was ugly from the start, with Cincinnati’s offense helping to dig an early hole with three false starts and a delay of game penalty, and the defense giving up a 55-yard pass play that set up South Florida first touchdown. If not for an offensive pass interference call that wiped out Bryce Miller’s 22-yard TD catch and Shrader missing field goals of 50, 53 and 43 yards in the second quarter, the Bearcats’ 10-point halftime deficit would have been larger.

“Every loss hurts, no matter the score. This one hurts really bad because we thought we had them,” McCloud said.

“Cincinnati being ranked as high as they are, we feel like we can play with everybody,” the freshman quarterback added. “We know when we play our best that we can compete vs. any team, especially in our conference."

THE TAKEAWAY

Cincinnati: A week after scoring on seven of their first eight possessions to roll to a 38-0 halftime lead against UConn, the Bearcats were limited to 46 yards on 27 plays in the first two quarters. They were shut out in the first half for the first time since Week 2, when they were beaten 42-0 at Ohio State.

South Florida: The Bulls have rebounded from a 1-3 start to climb within striking distance of bowl eligibility. To get to six wins, they’ll have to upset No. 18 Memphis at home next week and then go on the road and defeat UCF in the regular season finale.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Bearcats are the highest-ranked Group of Five team in the nation, which has them in a prime position to earn a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl.

UP NEXT

Cincinnati: Returns home to face Temple on Saturday, with a win giving the Bearcats the East Division title outright.

South Florida: Hosts Memphis in home finale Saturday, hoping to play spoilers in the West Division race and stay in the running to become bowl eligible.

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Passing

Cin Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Ridder 18 9 50.0 0 78 30 0 61.8
SoFL Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. McCloud 27 18 66.7 1 267 55 0 111.2

Rushing

Cin Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Warren II 26 134 5.2 35 1
G. Doaks 10 48 4.8 11 1
SoFL Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Cronkrite 20 78 3.9 8 0
K. Joiner Jr. 13 72 5.5 14 0

Receiving

Cin Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Jackson 1 0 0.0 0 0
M. Warren II 2 30 15.0 30 0
SoFL Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. St. Felix 2 70 35.0 55 0
E. McDoom 3 53 17.7 41 0

Fumbles

Cin F FL
D. Ridder 2 1

Returning

Cin KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Tucker 4 24.0 0 43 0 - 0 0
R. Montgomery 0 - 0 0 3 8.7 0 15
SoFL KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Sails 0 - 0 0 2 6.0 0 12
X. Weaver 1 11.0 0 11 0 - 0 0

Punting

Cin Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Smith 8 323 40.4 47
SoFL Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Schneider 4 189 47.3 60

Takeaways

Cin Int Yds InTD
J. Hicks 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Cin SoFL
Points For 20 17
Total Yards 278 438
Rushing Yards 200 171
Passing Yards 78 267
Passing Completions / Attempts 9/18 18/27
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 2/1
First Downs 15 18
Penalties - Yards 10/62 6/55
Time Of Possession 4:04 56:56
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/14 8/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 8/40 5/41

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Cin SoFL
SoFL 4:35 TD Trevon Sands 4 yd run (Spencer Shrader kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter Cin SoFL
SoFL 5:36 FG Spencer Shrader 28 yd FG 0 10
3rd Quarter Cin SoFL
Cin 5:10 TD Gerrid Doaks 1 yd run (Sam Crosa kick) 7 10
SoFL 7:48 TD Mitchell Wilcox 4 yd pass from Jordan McCloud (Spencer Shrader kick) 7 17
Cin 11:13 FG Sam Crosa 41 yd FG 10 17
4th Quarter Cin SoFL
Cin 0:34 TD Michael Warren II 2 yd run (Sam Crosa kick) 17 17
Cin 15:00 FG Sam Crosa 37 yd FG 20 17

Game Information

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Attendance: 29,112
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