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Cincinnati 29, Southern Methodist 27

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Associated Press

DALLAS - Ryan Coe kicked a school-record five field goals, including a season-long 52-yarder, and No. 21 Cincinnati broke up a game-tying two-point play in the closing minutes to hold on for a 29-27 win over SMU for its sixth consecutive win.

Charles McClelland and Ryan Montgomery scored on runs of 76 yards and 1 yard for the Bearcats (6-1, 3-0 American), who won their 19th in a row against against American Athletic Conference opponents.

Tyler Lavine scored on a 1-yard plunge with 1:57 to pull SMU (3-4, 1-2) within two, but Preston Stone's 2-point conversion pass intended for Roderick Daniels Jr. was incomplete.

Stone, a redshirt freshman, replaced starter Tanner Mordecai, who left the game and the field late in the third quarter with an apparent injury.

Coe's other field goals were from 44, 31, 30 and 25 yards. He's in first season at Cincinnati after kicking for Delaware, where he hit from 53 yards. Coe had a 45-yard attempt blocked in the fourth quarter.

Cincinnati's Mason Fletcher boomed an 84-yard punt with the help of a healthy breeze at his back following the Bearcats' first possession for the longest punt in college football this season and an AAC and school record. The sophomore from Australia made contact at Cincinnati's 5-yard line. The ball landed at SMU's 20 and bounced into the end zone for a touchback.

The Mustangs' other touchdowns came on a 3-yard run by TJ McDaniel in the second quarter, a 1-yard pass from Mordecai to Jordan Kerley in the second quarter and a 16-yard pass from Stone to RJ Maryland in the fourth quarter.

THE TAKEAWAY

CINCINNATI: After reaching last season's College Football Playoff, the realistic goal as the top-ranked team from the Group of 5 continues to be a third consecutive New Year's Six bowl.

SMU: Are six wins and a bowl invitation within reach for the Mustangs with home games against Houston and Memphis and a trip to Tulane remaining?


Scoring Summary
First Quarter CinSMU
Cin FG 10:55 Ryan Coe 30 yard field goal 3 0
Cin TD 0:33 Ryan Montgomery 1 yard TD run (Ryan Coe Extra Point) 10 0
Second Quarter CinSMU
Cin TD 13:34 Charles McClelland 76 yard TD run (Ryan Coe Extra Point) 17 0
SMU TD 8:12 TJ McDaniel 3 yard TD run (Collin Rogers Extra Point) 17 7
Cin FG 4:05 Ryan Coe 25 yard field goal 20 7
SMU TD 0:21 Jordan Kerley 1 yard TD pass from Tanner Mordecai (Collin Rogers Extra Point) 20 14
Third Quarter CinSMU
Cin FG 10:20 Ryan Coe 52 yard field goal 23 14
Cin FG 6:26 Ryan Coe 44 yard field goal 26 14
Cin FG 1:58 Ryan Coe 31 yard field goal 29 14
Fourth Quarter CinSMU
SMU TD 5:09 RJ Maryland 16 yard TD pass from Preston Stone (Collin Rogers Extra Point) 29 21
SMU TD 1:57 Tyler Lavine 1 yard TD run (Roderick Daniels Jr. 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 29 27
Team Stats
  Cincinnati SMU
First downs 16 21
  Rushing 4 7
  Passing 11 8
  Penalty 1 6
3rd Down Efficiency 10-22, 45% 2-15, 13%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 4-5, 80%
Rushes-Yards 42-180 31-80
Passing Yards 200 179
Return Yards 37 32
Completions-Attempts-Int 18-35-0 21-40-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-13 6-41
Punts 3 7
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties - Yards 13-113 3-30
Cincinnati Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Bryant 18 35 200 0 0
SMU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Mordecai 15 25 105 1 1
P. Stone 6 15 74 1 0
Cincinnati Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. McClelland 16 129 8.1 1
C. Kiner 13 43 3.3 0
R. Montgomery 4 14 3.5 1
L. Taylor 1 10 10.0 0
B. Bryant 4 -11 -2.8 0
SMU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Wheaton 8 53 6.6 0
T. Lavine 7 31 4.4 1
P. Stone 4 22 5.5 0
T. McDaniel 6 15 2.5 1
T. Mordecai 6 -41 -6.8 0
Cincinnati Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Thompson 4 69 17.3 0
J. Whyle 4 53 13.3 0
N. Mardner 4 41 10.3 0
B. Smith 1 18 18.0 0
T. Tucker 1 9 9.0 0
L. Taylor 2 8 4.0 0
C. Scott 1 6 6.0 0
R. Montgomery 1 -4 -4.0 0
SMU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Kerley 3 44 14.7 1
R. Rice 4 41 10.3 0
R. Maryland 5 35 7.0 1
B. Redding 2 25 12.5 0
R. Daniels Jr. 2 23 11.5 0
M. Dixon 1 9 9.0 0
A. Upshaw 1 2 2.0 0
C. Wheaton 2 0 0.0
0
T. McDaniel 1 0 0.0
0
Cincinnati Interceptions
Player Int Yards
A. Bush 1 15
SMU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Cincinnati Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Fletcher 3 195 65.0
SMU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Bujcevski 7 289 41.3
Cincinnati Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Montgomery 1 2 2.0
SMU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Daniels Jr. 1 2 2.0
Cincinnati Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Scott 1 0 0
C. McClelland 1 20 20.0
SMU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Wheaton 1 11 11.0
B. Massey 1 19 19.0
Cincinnati Missed FG
Player Length
R. Coe 44
SMU Missed FG
Player Length




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