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Cincinnati 28, South Florida 24

(AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

By JEFF WALLNER
Associated Press

CINCINNATI - Charles McClelland rushed for a career-high 179 yards and two touchdowns including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter as No. 24 Cincinnati held off South Florida 28-24.

McClelland's 35-yard touchdown run with 9:24 remaining put the Bearcats ahead to stay, helping them extend the nation's second-longest home winning streak to 30 games. Only Clemson's 37-game streak is longer.

The Bearcats, who will move to the Big 12 Conference next season, have won 18 consecutive games against American Athletic Conference opponents. They haven't lost at home since Temple beat them 35-24 on Nov. 10, 2017.

South Florida (1-5, 0-2) made things difficult for the Bearcats (5-1, 2-0), taking three leads, the last at 24-21 early in the fourth quarter on Gerry Bohannon's 16-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Weaver. The two had earlier combined on a 9-yard TD pass.

Cincinnati quarterback Ben Bryant threw first-half touchdown passes of 28-yard to Jadon Thompson and 14 to Nick Mardner to help the Bearcats overcome an early 10-0 deficit.

The Bulls rushed for 51 yards on their opening drive including a 22-yard touchdown run by Brian Battie to put them ahead 7-0. Bryant was intercepted by Aamaris Brown on the Bearcats' first offensive play, and the Bulls converted the turnover into a 21-yard field goal to go ahead 10-0.

Bohanon's 9-yard TD pass to Weaver gave South Florida a 17-14 halftime lead. It was Cincinnati's first halftime deficit since Oct. 4, 2019 when they rallied to beat Central Florida 27-24.

It appeared the Bearcats had regained control when McClelland's 1-yard plunge capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive to put them ahead 21-17.

Bohanon, who ran for 117 yards and passed for 121 yards, gave South Florida its final lead after the Bulls stopped the Bearcats on fourth-and-one at the 12.

The Bearcats rallied one more time.

Cincinnati has won five straight against the Bulls, who dropped to 0-9 versus Top-25 opponents under head coach Jeff Scott.

THE TAKEAWAY

South Florida: Due to Hurricane Ian, the Bulls played four straight road games for the first time in program history. The last time they played three straight road games was 2006. The seven games played outside Tampa is a program high. South Florida has lost its last 15 road games.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats had a slew of injuries Saturday. They lost leading receiver Tyler Scott to an ankle injury late in the first half. Bryant left in the fourth quarter and did not return. Cincinnati already was without running back Corey Kiner who did not dress due to a hand injury. Kiner, an LSU transfer, had scored a TD in each of the first five games.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter USFCin
USF TD 9:24 Brian Battie 22 yard TD run (Spencer Shrader Extra Point) 7 0
USF FG 3:16 Spencer Shrader 21 yard field goal 10 0
Cin TD 0:45 Jadon Thompson 28 yard TD pass from Ben Bryant (Ryan Coe Extra Point) 10 7
Second Quarter USFCin
Cin TD 10:27 Nick Mardner 14 yard TD pass from Ben Bryant (Ryan Coe Extra Point) 10 14
USF TD 5:03 Xavier Weaver 9 yard TD pass from Gerry Bohanon (Spencer Shrader Extra Point) 17 14
Third Quarter USFCin
Cin TD 10:11 Charles McClelland 1 yard TD run (Ryan Coe Extra Point) 17 21
Fourth Quarter USFCin
USF TD 14:56 Xavier Weaver 16 yard TD pass from Gerry Bohanon (Spencer Shrader Extra Point) 24 21
Cin TD 9:24 Charles McClelland 35 yard TD run (Ryan Coe Extra Point) 24 28
Team Stats
  South Florida Cincinnati
First downs 19 22
  Rushing 10 12
  Passing 8 9
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 8-15, 53% 2-7, 29%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 43-224 37-222
Passing Yards 141 193
Return Yards 24 0
Completions-Attempts-Int 11-21-0 16-23-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2-15
Punts 5 3
Fumbles Lost 2-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 2-15 4-35
South Florida Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Bohanon 11 21 141 2 0
Cincinnati Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Bryant 15 21 178 2 2
E. Prater 1 2 15 0 0
South Florida Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
G. Bohanon 14 117 8.4 0
B. Battie 22 75 3.4 1
K. Powell 5 22 4.4 0
J. Horn Jr. 2 10 5.0 0
Cincinnati Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. McClelland 21 179 8.5 2
R. Montgomery 7 22 3.1 0
E. Prater 5 13 2.6 0
B. Bryant 3 8 2.7 0
South Florida Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
X. Weaver 7 114 16.3 2
K. Brown 1 16 16.0 0
O. Dollison 1 8 8.0 0
J. Horn Jr. 1 2 2.0 0
B. Battie 1 1 1.0 0
Cincinnati Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Tucker 7 64 9.1 0
J. Thompson 3 40 13.3 1
J. Whyle 2 32 16.0 0
R. Montgomery 1 26 26.0 0
N. Mardner 2 22 11.0 1
B. Smith 1 9 9.0 0
South Florida Interceptions
Player Int Yards
A. Brown 1 0
M. Hill 1 0
Cincinnati Interceptions
Player Int Yards
South Florida Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. McCreary 5 177 35.4
Cincinnati Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Fletcher 3 119 39.7
South Florida Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Cincinnati Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
South Florida Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Battie 2 24 12.0
Cincinnati Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
South Florida Missed FG
Player Length
Cincinnati Missed FG
Player Length




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