Bearcats' Pike shines in first start vs. Redhawks

CINCINNATI -- Junior quarterback Tony Pike, making his first career start for the Bearcats, was 20-of-24 passing for 241 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-20 victory over Miami of Ohio Saturday in the 113th meeting between the two schools.

Pike, who had just 38 career pass attempts going into the game, replaced senior Dustin Grutza who fractured his right fibula with a residual high ankle sprain in the fourth quarter on Sept. 6 at No. 4 Oklahoma.

Grutza, who passed for 514 yards and four touchdowns in two games, is out indefinitely.

Miami leads the nation's oldest non-conference rivalry 59-47-7. The first meeting, on Dec. 8, 1888, was the first collegiate football game played in Ohio.

John Goebel returned the opening kickoff 43 yards, helping set up a 38-yard field goal by Jake Rogers to put Cincinnati ahead 3-0. It was the Bearcats' first field goal attempt this season.

Goebel later scored on a 5-yard run to give the Bearcats a 10-0 lead.

Pike tossed a 30-yard TD pass to Mardy Gilyard, whose diving reception put Cincinnati ahead 17-3.

Gilyard, who had 365 all-purpose yards against Oklahoma, had six receptions Saturday for 69 yards and a touchdown.

The RedHawks drew closer when junior QB Daniel Raudabaugh threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Armand Robinson to make the score 17-10.

Raudabaugh was 28-of-42 for 235 yards and two TDs.

But Goebel's 20-yard TD run gave the Bearcats a 24-10 lead with 1:14 remaining in the first half.

Miami rallied back in the third quarter.

After Raudabaugh's second TD pass made the score 24-20, DeAndre Gilmore recovered an onside kick at the Cincinnati 46-yard line.

Mike Mickens intercepted a Raudabaugh pass and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown, putting the Bearcats ahead 31-20.

It was Mickens' third career interception return for a TD.

Pike's 24-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Ben Guidugli made the score 38-20 in the third quarter.