NCAA Game Summary - Cincinnati at Louisville|
(Friday, November 14th)
Final Score: (22) Cincinnati 28, Louisville 20
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - John Goebel rushed for 77 yards on 10
carries and scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter that helped seal
the 22nd-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats' 28-20 victory over the Louisville
Tony Pike finished 19-of-33 for 250 yards, two touchdowns and an
interception, while Dominick Goodman had nine receptions for 134 yards and a
Mardy Gilyard also hauled in a TD catch, part of a five-catch, 73-yard
performance for the Bearcats (8-2, 4-1 Big East), who were coming off arguably
their biggest win of the year, as they knocked off then 20th-ranked West
Virginia 26-23 in overtime last weekend after taking out previously 24th-
ranked South Florida a week prior.
The win temporarily gives Cincinnati sole possession of first place in the Big
East standings at 4-1, breaking a three-way tie with WVU and Pittsburgh, who
are both 3-1 and have scheduled open dates on Saturday. The Bearcats, who are
bowl eligible for the third straight season, will host Pittsburgh on November
22nd in a game that could very well be for the Big East title.
"I think I said earlier in the week that this wasn't much of a rivalry. We had
not won any games against Louisville in quite some time. I think we all can
officially say the rivalry is back on," Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly
said. "There was a lot of emotion in the game. It was good, hard, physical,
Hunter Cantwell completed 19-of-35 pass attempts for 204 yards with a score
and a pick, while Victor Anderson gained 60 yards rushing on 13 carries and
scored for the Cardinals (5-5, 1-4), who have dropped three straight
coming off ugly losses to both Pittsburgh last weekend and Syracuse a week
"We're not winning football games right now and that's on me. I take full
responsibility for that. We've got to win games and I'm paid to win games,"
head coach Steve Kragthorpe said. "We've just got to find a way to win the
games. We've got to continue to fight and continue to battle."
After Pike was intercepted on Cincinnati's first drive of the final quarter
with the team still holding a precarious 21-20 lead, the Bearcats survived a
missed field goal by Louisville. Dustin Grutza came on for Pike and completed
a 24-yard pass to Goodman on 3rd-and-5 to the Cardinals' 43. Goebel then broke
off a 37-yard run and on the next play took it up the middle for a six-yard
score with less than 6 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Cardinals gained just 23 yards in turning it over on downs on the ensuing
series but Cincinnati let them stay in the game when Jake Rogers missed on a
43-yard field goal with 2:19 remaining.
Cantwell, though, had four straight passes fall incomplete and the Bearcats
were able to run out the clock.
Cincinnati executed a 73-yard, seven-play drive to open the game, with the big
play being a 48-yard catch-and-run TD from Gilyard. Pike hit his receiver on a
short slant and Gilyard split a pair of defenders and bounced off another to
take it the distance.
After a Louisville punt, the Bearcats looked to go three-and-out but on 4th-
and-1 tried a QB sneak and wound up turning the ball over on downs at their
own 28. It took the Cardinals 11 plays but eventually they tied the score on a
two-yard pass to James Bryant with three minutes to go in the first.
Louisville started a 71-yard, 10-play march in the final moments of the first
and moved the ball to the Cincinnati six but couldn't convert on a 3rd-and-3,
instead coming away with a 23-yard boot from Ryan Payne a little over three
minutes into the second.
The Cardinals turned the ball over on their next possession and the Bearcats
came back with a 64-yard drive that Jacob Ramsey capped with a one-yard TD run
to put the Bearcats back on top, 14-10, with just under five minutes left in
Louisville put together a quick scoring drive, though, buoyed by a 37-yard
Anderson run, which helped set the table for his three-yard score later in the
drive. The Cardinals led 17-14 at the half as Rogers missed from 34 yards as
the clock expired.
A Ramsey fumble opened the second half for Cincinnati, giving Louisville the
ball on the Bearcats nine but the defense was able to hold and Payne split the
uprights from 23 yards out, pushing the lead to six.
The Bearcats shook off the turnover and came out with a nine-play drive that
reached the Cardinals 21, but Rogers continued a miserable night by striking
the right upright from 39 yards.
Louisville went backwards on its next drive and DeAngelo Smith's 18-yard
return set up the Bearcats at the opposing 32. Two plays later, Pike connected
with Goodman for a 23-yard score that gave Cincinnati a 21-20 lead entering
the final quarter.
Cincinnati leads the all-time series 27-20-1...Ramsey had 48 yards rushing on
13 carries...Rogers missed on all three of his field goal attempts....Doug
Beaumont led the Cardinals' receiving corps with four receptions for 61
yards...Despite the loss, Louisville won the time of possession,
34:13-25:47...The Cardinals had won the last five meetings dating back to
2002, but Cincinnati was able to wrestle away the Keg of Nails trophy, which
is awarded to the winner of this matchup each year.
11/15 03:25:09 ET