Desmond Ridder leads # 8 Cincinnati via Miami, Ohio

Cincinnati has been trying to link the series with Miami, Ohio for nearly 70 years.

It took quarterback Desmond Ridder 45 seconds to show that it was finally going to happen when the Bearcats’ No. 8 beat the RedHawks 49:14 in their second game of the season opener on Saturday, their 15th straight win over their rivals in the state.

The oldest non-conference rivalry in FBS, which began in 1888, is 59-59-7. Miami have been drawn or held the lead since 1916, with the last draw in the series in 1953.

Cincinnati joined the RedHawks at home at 43-44-5.

Ridder hit Tyler Scott with an 81-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0 and completed nine of his first 10 throws for 158 yards when the Bearcats led 21-0 after the first quarter.

While adding a 25-yard TD run for a 35-0 half-time result, Ridder finished 20 for 25 for 295 yards and four TDs with an interception on Cincinnati’s first drive of the second half.

Ridder’s last TD was an 8-yard pass to Leonard Taylor early in the fourth quarter.

Cincinnati’s Jerome Ford had 121 yards on 12 carries, including a 21-yard run for a 28-0 lead in the second quarter in front of a sold-out crowd of 37,978 at Nippert Stadium.

Kenny Tracy scored 3:20 to go on a 19-yard run for Miami with 3:20 to go, and John Saunders had a 32-yard pick-six from backup quarterback Evan Prater for a 42-14 result .

The Prater had a 14 yard TD run, 23 seconds behind.

RedHawks quarterback AJ Mayer was 9-for-28 for 109 yards.

Schools did not play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ending a series of annual meetings since 1945.

Miami’s last win in The Battle for the Victory Bell was 44-26 in Oxford, Ohio on September 28, 2005.

– Field level media

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