Twenty-first ranked Cincinnati overcame another slow start against an overmatched opponent before rolling in the second half, beating Fordham 49-17 Saturday to remain undefeated.
The Bearcats slept through the first half, allowing Fordham into Cincinnati territory on each of its drives while only leading 14-6 at halftime. Whatever coach Butch Jones said to his team at halftime worked. Cincinnati (5-0) scored 21 unanswered points and ended up with touchdowns on all five of its second-half possessions.
It was a similar pattern to what happened last week against Miami (Ohio). Cincinnati led 24-14 at halftime in that one before outscoring its rival 28-0 in the second half. This recent three-game stretch has not not provided much inspiration in the way of opposition. The Bearcats face Toledo next week before resuming Big East play on Oct. 26, a Friday night in Louisville -- a game that could feature two unbeaten teams.
Before looking ahead, it is important to note what Cincinnati has done so far. The Bearcats have racked up at least 425 yards of total offense in all five games. They also went over 200 yards rushing against Fordham, the fourth time in five games they have reached that mark.
Travis Kelce led the way for Cincinnati, with three catches for 101 yards -- including a 78-yard touchdown reception. Deven Drane had the second defensive score in as many weeks, with a 76-yard fumble return to open the scoring. Munchie Legaux had three total touchdowns -- two passing and one rushing.