The Bearcats had little trouble with Akron, rebounding from last week's disappointing loss to Tennessee with a 59-14 victory against the Zips.
Reserves played the second half after Cincinnati took a 49-0 halftime lead. The Bearcats built the lead to 59-0 before Akron scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Among the final highlights:
Cincinnati ended up taking the ball away six times, including three defensive scores, but the Bearcats also turned the ball over for the first time this season. They are now at plus-12 on the season in turnover margin.
Jameel Poteat scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard run. The true freshman led the team with 55 yards rushing. Fellow true freshmen Akise Teague and Ralph David Abernathy also got their share of carries.
Munchie Legaux and Jordan Luallen split time in the second half in relief of Zach Collaros. Legaux went 3-of-4 for 21 yards, with three carries for 2 yards. Luallen went 0-for-1 and had five carries for 17 yards.
Backup kicker Shane Popham also got into the game, making one extra point.