Cincinnati puts itself in CFP convo with Notre Dame win
Cincinnati took its chance on Saturday.
Last season, the Bearcats had an unbeaten routine season however weren’t even near to breaking the College Football Playoff field. This year, it appears like the Bearcats will take a crack at.
No. 7 Cincinnati marched into South Bend and knocked off No. 9 Notre Dame, winning 24-13 to enhance to 4-0 headed into conference play. With a lot change in rankings in the early going of the 2021 season, back-to-back wins over Indiana and Notre Dame must provide the Bearcats the top-tier staying power they frantically required in 2015.
And as long as they keep winning, the Bearcats will stay in the CFP discussion as the season advances.
There wasn’t much offense early in this one, however the Bearcats required 3 first-half Notre Dame turnovers — 2 interceptions and a fumble on a kickoff return — to both keep the Irish out of completion zone and develop a 17-0 lead they would not give up.
Things would get dicey down the stretch, however senior quarterback Desmond Ridder made the plays needed to make sure a triumph for his group.
Cincinnati developed that lead by very first selecting off Notre Dame near the objective line on its very first drive and after that doing it once again on the Irish’s 4th drive. The 2nd interception came deep in Notre Dame area. 3 plays later on, Ridder struck Leonard Taylor from a lawn out to provide the Bearcats a 7-0 lead.
Notre Dame then fumbled the occurring kickoff, enabling the Bearcats to add a brief basket. And prior to halftime, Ridder discovered Tre Tucker for a 27-yard rating to provide the Bearcats a 17-0 lead at the break.
In the 2nd half, Cincinnati missed out on 2 brief basket and fumbled, enabling Notre Dame to spend time. The Irish got a trigger from Drew Pyne, the 3rd QB they used Saturday, and his goal pass to Braden Lenzy cut Cincinnati’s cause 17-13 with 8:20 to play.
However Ridder and the Bearcats would not wilt. Ridder tossed an outright penny to Taylor for a 36-yard gain and later on put the complements on the success with a six-yard hurrying rating with 5:08 to go.
Ridder ended up the day with 297 passing backyards, 26 hurrying backyards and 3 overall goals. While Taylor and Tucker both made huge plays, Alec Pierce was the leading receiver. He published 6 catches for 144 backyards in the win.
What’s next for Cincinnati?
Simply win, child. That’s going to be the frame of mind progressing for the Bearcats.
As a member of a Group of 5 conference (in the meantime), Cincinnati is going to need to go unbeaten to have any chance at the four-team playoff. And the Bearcats will likely be finest served winning these upcoming video games in persuading style.
That march through the American Athletic Conference starts on a brief turn-around with Temple — fresh off an upset win over Memphis — going to Nippert Arena on Friday night. The following week will be a go to from UCF, a group that’s constantly unsafe even with QB Dillon Gabriel hurt.
Later, Cincinnati has Navy and Tulane on the roadway, Tulsa in your home, South Florida on the roadway, SMU in your home and East Carolina on the roadway.
A CFP berth is no safe bet even with an unbeaten season. The CFP choice committee offered the Bearcats such little regard in 2015. It’s going to be a continuous story as the season advances.
This year, nevertheless, Cincinnati has roadway wins over Indiana, a Huge 10 group, and magnificent Notre Dame under its belt. Those can just assist the Bearcats’ cause.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.