Cincinnati got off to a slow start in its game against Miami (Ohio) but finished with an emphatic statement, winning 52-14 for its seventh consecutive victory in the second-oldest FBS rivalry.
The RedHawks took a quick 6-0 lead and quarterback Zac Dysert had early success finding some holes in the Cincinnati defense. But that all changed when Camerron Cheatham returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown midway through the first quarter. That play seemed to wake up the Bearcats, who ended up cruising to the victory.
After taking a 24-14 lead into halftime, Cincinnati played a dominant second half, outscoring Miami 28-0. Cincinnati ended up tying the record for most points scored by any one team in the 117-year history of the Victory Bell rivalry.
George Winn had 16 carries for 128 yards and two touchdowns, while Munchie Legaux scored three total touchdowns (two passing, one rushing). The Bearcats had terrific success on the ground, racking up 272 total yards. Coach Butch Jones pulled his starters in the fourth quarter, and Brendon Kay finished out the game at quarterback.
The Bearcats are now 4-0 and almost assured of a ranking in the AP top 25. They did what they had to do against an overmatched opponent: They won decisively. Next up: FCS Fordham.