Cincinnati escapes Fresno State upset bid

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

It was a win, and Cincinnati is 4-0 and can move on. But it was not easy.

The Bearcats held off Fresno State 28-20 at Nippert Stadium despite having the ball for only 16:18 the entire game. You can almost say they scored too quickly.

One fourth quarter sequence defined this game. Craig Carey had an interception on 4th and goal from the 2 with his team leading just 21-17. Then the Bearcats marched right down the field and scored to make things more comfortable.

More teams might try Fresno's plan of pounding the ball on the ground and controlling the clock. But not every team has a Ryan Mathews.