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Tulane 27, Cincinnati 24

(AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

By GARY SCHATZ
Associated Press

CINCINNATI - Michael Pratt found Shae Wyatt with a 30-yard touchdown pass with 5 minutes left to lead No. 19 Tulane to a 27-24 win over No. 24 Cincinnati, making the Green Wave the hosts for the upcoming American Conference Championship game.

Tyjae Spears rushed for two touchdowns and had 181 yards to contribute to the cause for Tulane (10-2, 7-1 AAC), which beat Cincinnati (9-3, 6-2) for the first time in five tries. Tulane also snapped the Bearcats' 32-game home streak.

Pratt went 13-for-22 passing for 162 yards and the winning touchdown. He also rushed for 30 yards on nine carries.

Redshirt sophomore Evan Prater started at quarterback for Cincinnati in place of Ben Bryant, who suffered a foot injury in the win over Temple. Overall, Prater was 10-for-26 for 102 yards and rushed for 83 yards on 18 carries.

But he was intercepted by Dorian Williams on a tipped pass to Devean Deal midway through the third quarter. Bryon Threats was flagged for pass interference on a fourth-and-3 pass attempt to set up Spears' go-ahead two-yard run.

Tulane had a 13-10 lead at halftime as Valentino Ambrosio kicked a 47-yard field goal with 21 seconds left. The kick followed a 28-yard pass from Pratt to Lawrence Keys III, which was ruled a touchdown on the field as Keys appeared to roll over Arquon Bush for a 58-yard score but overturned when replays showed Keys' knee touched the turf.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tulane: Has something special in Spears, who passed the 1,000-yard mark for the season with 103 yards in the first half. He leads the AAC in touchdowns with 16.

Cincinnati: Missed its bid to win three consecutive AAC regular-season championships in its final three years of membership. There's still a possibility the Bearcats will make it into the AAC title game, though it depends on how UCF does on Saturday night. The Bearcats move to the Big 12 Conference next season.

November 25, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TulaneCin
Tulane FG 5:17 Valentino Ambrosio 34 yd FG 3 0
Second Quarter TulaneCin
Cin FG 14:57 Ryan Coe 28 yd FG 3 3
Tulane TD 4:58 Tyjae Spears 11 yd run (Valentino Ambrosio kick) 10 3
Cin TD 2:41 Charles McClelland 35 yd run (Ryan Coe kick) 10 10
Tulane FG 0:16 Valentino Ambrosio 47 yd FG 13 10
Third Quarter TulaneCin
Tulane TD 6:59 Tyjae Spears 2 yd run (Valentino Ambrosio kick) 20 10
Cin TD 0:42 Ryan Montgomery 8 yd run (Ryan Coe kick) 20 17
Fourth Quarter TulaneCin
Cin TD 6:27 Ryan Montgomery 15 yd run (Ryan Coe kick) 20 24
Tulane TD 5:10 Duece Watts 30 yd pass from Michael Pratt (Valentino Ambrosio kick) 27 24
Team Stats
  Tulane Cincinnati
First downs 22 19
  Rushing 15 12
  Passing 5 7
  Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Efficiency 4-13, 31% 5-15, 33%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 3-4, 75%
Rushes-Yards 48-221 43-235
Passing Yards 162 102
Return Yards 55 32
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-22-0 10-26-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--5 1--5
Punts 4 4
Punts-Average 39.5 45
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 2-10 4-29
Time of Possession 33:59 26:01
Tulane Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Pratt 13 22 162 1 0
Cincinnati Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
E. Prater 10 26 102 0 1
Tulane Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Spears 35 181 5.2 2
M. Pratt 9 30 3.3 0
L. Keys III 2 14 7.0 0
Cincinnati Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Montgomery 17 95 5.6 2
E. Prater 18 83 4.6 0
C. McClelland 8 57 7.1 1
Tulane Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Wyatt 3 62 20.7 0
L. Keys III 5 55 11.0 0
D. Watts 1 30 30.0 1
T. Spears 1 17 17.0 0
B. Bohanon 1 5 5.0 0
T. James 1 -1 -1.0 0
J. Jackson 1 -6 -6.0 0
Cincinnati Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
W. Pauling 2 41 20.5 0
J. Thompson 5 27 5.4 0
N. Mardner 1 13 13.0 0
T. Scott 1 11 11.0 0
L. Taylor 1 10 10.0 0
Tulane Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Williams 1 0
Cincinnati Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tulane Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Glover 4 158 39.5
Cincinnati Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Fletcher 4 180 45.0
Tulane Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 2 -3 -1.5
L. Keys III 1 14 14.0
Cincinnati Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Tulane Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Keys III 2 44 22.0
Cincinnati Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Tucker 1 21 21.0
R. Montgomery 1 11 11.0
Tulane Missed FG
Player Length
Cincinnati Missed FG
Player Length




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