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         === Rutgers edges Cincinnati, stays undefeated in Big East ===
 
 Cincinnati,  OH  (Sports Network)  - Mark  Harrison caught  four balls for 106
 yards  and  the game's lone touchdown  to lift No. 22 Rutgers over Cincinnati,
 10-3, at Nippert Stadium.
 
 Gary  Nova completed  11-of-19 passes for 189 yards with two interceptions and
 the  touchdown  pass to Harrison for  the Scarlet Knights (9-1, 5-0 Big East),
 who are 5-0 in the Big East for the first time in school history.
 
 Savon  Huggins carried  the ball  41 times  for 179  yards in  Rutgers' second
 straight victory.
 
 "Certainly  a win that we're really excited about. I couldn't be more proud of
 the way the team played today in its entirety," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said.
 "I think this is a very typical Big East November game with two teams that are
 at  the top of the conference; a very physical game. We feel fortunate to have
 come out on top."
 
 Brendon  Kay went  17-for-31 through  the  air for  251  yards and  a pair  of
 interceptions  for  Cincinnati (7-3,  3-2), which had  its two-game win streak
 snapped.
 
 After  holding  Cincinnati  to  a three-and-out,  Rutgers  started  its  first
 possession  of  the game at  its own 19 and  quickly moved deep into Bearcats'
 territory  with receptions of 41 and 14 yards by Brandon Coleman and Harrison,
 respectively.  However, Camerron Cheatham then stepped in front of a Nova pass
 at the Cincinnati seven to keep the Scarlet Knights off the board.
 
 The  Bearcats  marched all  the way down  to the Rutgers'  21-yard line on the
 ensuing possession, but Tony Miliano missed a 34-yard field goal wide right to
 keep it a scoreless game with 7:17 left in the first quarter.
 
 The teams traded punts from there until the Scarlet Knights' Logan Ryan made a
 leaping  interception at the Rutgers' 3-yard line on a deep pass down the left
 sideline.
 
 The  Scarlet Knights were able to capitalize on the turnover five plays later,
 when Nova found Harrison with a pass over the middle and he raced 71 yards for
 a touchdown to give Rutgers a 7-0 lead with 6:13 left in the second quarter.
 
 Rutgers  moved  the ball to  the Cincinnati 18 within  the final minute of the
 half  looking to add to its lead, but Dominique Battle intercepted Nova in the
 right side of the end zone to keep it a 7-0 game at the break.
 
 After  holding  Rutgers to  a three-and-out  on the  opening possession of the
 third quarter, Kay hit three separate receivers for double-digit gains to move
 the ball deep into Scarlet Knights territory.
 
 However,  the Bearcats opted  to go for it on a 4th-and-1 at the Rutgers seven
 and George Winn was stuffed for a loss to turn the ball over on downs.
 
 Rutgers  would be held  to a punt, but Steve Beauharnais picked off Kay on the
 second  play  of the Bearcats'  ensuing drive and returned  it 18 yards to the
 Cincinnati 44.
 
 A  defensive  pass interference penalty  on a  3rd-and-14 at the Cincinnati 24
 gave  the  Scarlet Knights a fresh  set of downs,  but they could not push the
 ball  across  the goal line and  Nick Borgese's 22-yard field goal attempt was
 blocked,  keeping  it a one-possession  game with  1:27 remaining in the third
 quarter.
 
 Rutgers,  though, was  able to add to  its lead on its next touch when Borgese
 connected  on a  42-yard field goal to  cap a 12-play, 62-yard drive with 7:59
 left in the game.
 
 Kay's  pass  attempt fell incomplete  on a  4th-and-25 at the Rutgers' 44-yard
 line  on Cincinnati's ensuing  drive, but the Bearcats were able to get on the
 board  following a Rutgers punt when Miliano connected on a 36-yard field goal
 with 11 seconds left in the game.
 
 Cincinnati  then  failed to  recover an  onsides kick to  seal the victory for
 Rutgers.
 
 "That's   a  great   defense,  but  obviously  we  have  great  standards  and
 expectations  on how we're going to play offensive football here and this game
 didn't  meet our standards or expectations," Cincinnati coach Butch Jones said
 about his team getting held out of the end zone.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Cincinnati  has not  been shut out at  home since 2005 ... Rutgers improved to
 2-6-1  all  time at Cincinnati  and now leads  the all-time series between the
 teams,  9-8-1 ...  With the  win, Flood  became the  only first-year  coach in
 school  history to win  nine games ... Kay led the Bearcats in rushing with 46
 yards on 13 carries.
 
 11/17 17:17:14 ET

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