GAMEDAY College Football

Cincinnati 38, Indiana 24

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Desmond Ridder threw the go-ahead touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, then scored on a 7-yard TD run to help No. 8 Cincinnati seal a come-from-behind 38-24 victory at Indiana.

Jerome Ford ran for two scores and Tre Tucker scored on a 99-yard kickoff return as the Bearcats (3-0) won their first road game of the season. They've won 12 of 13 since the start of 2020.

Indiana (1-2) lost despite taking a 14-0 lead - and playing in front of its largest crowd for a non-conference game since September 1987.

The turning point came when starting linebacker Micah McFadden was ejected for targeting late in the first half. The Bearcats, who struggled to move the ball, scored 10 points in the final 93 seconds of the first half and finally took the lead on Ford's 3-yard TD run in the third quarter.

The Hoosiers regained the lead on D.J. Matthews Jr.'s 14-yard scoring run then gave it right back on the kickoff return. A missed extra point opened the door for Indiana, and the Hoosiers grabbed a 24-23 advantage on Charles Campbell's 49-yard field goal late in the third.

Then Ridder got hot. He made it 30-24 with the scoring throw to Pierce before the scoring run and a succesful 2-point conversion pass.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter CinInd
Ind TD 6:15 Peyton Hendershot 16 yard TD pass from Michael Penix Jr. (Charles Campbell Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter CinInd
Ind TD 5:10 Stephen Carr 5 yard TD pass from Michael Penix Jr. (Charles Campbell Extra Point) 0 14
Cin TD 1:33 Jerome Ford 6 yard TD run (Cole Smith Extra Point) 7 14
Cin FG 0:00 Cole Smith 32 yard field goal 10 14
Third Quarter CinInd
Cin TD 5:47 Jerome Ford 3 yard TD run (Cole Smith Extra Point) 17 14
Ind TD 3:54 D.J. Matthews Jr. 14 yard TD run (Charles Campbell Extra Point) 17 21
Cin TD 3:41 Tre Tucker 99 yard kick return for TD (Cole Smith Kick Failed) 23 21
Ind FG 0:41 Charles Campbell 49 yard field goal 23 24
Fourth Quarter CinInd
Cin TD 12:13 Alec Pierce 19 yard TD pass from Desmond Ridder (Cole Smith Extra Point) 30 24
Cin TD 2:37 Desmond Ridder 7 yard TD run (Leonard Taylor 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 38 24
Team Stats
  Cincinnati Indiana
First downs 19 20
  Rushing 8 9
  Passing 8 10
  Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Efficiency 4-14, 29% 6-16, 38%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 1-3, 33%
Rushes-Yards 36-120 37-152
Passing Yards 208 224
Return Yards 186 31
Completions-Attempts-Int 20-36-1 17-40-3
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-23 1-6
Punts 5 4
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 11-72 5-45
Cincinnati Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Ridder 20 36 208 1 1
Indiana Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Penix Jr. 17 40 224 2 3
Cincinnati Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Ford 20 58 2.9 2
D. Ridder 10 55 5.5 1
C. McClelland 3 12 4.0 0
Indiana Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Carr 21 52 2.5 0
D. Ervin-Poindexter 1 37 37.0 0
T. Baldwin Jr. 9 30 3.3 0
D. Matthews Jr. 2 28 14.0 1
M. Penix Jr. 4 5 1.3 0
Cincinnati Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Pierce 5 80 16.0 1
M. Young Jr. 4 35 8.8 0
L. Taylor 2 28 14.0 0
J. Thompson 1 21 21.0 0
T. Tucker 3 18 6.0 0
T. Scott 2 17 8.5 0
C. McClelland 1 4 4.0 0
J. Whyle 1 4 4.0 0
J. Ford 1 1 1.0 0
Indiana Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Matthews Jr. 5 120 24.0 0
P. Hendershot 6 60 10.0 1
S. Carr 2 14 7.0 1
T. Fryfogle 1 13 13.0 0
M. Marshall 1 11 11.0 0
M. Bjorson 1 8 8.0 0
D. Ellis 1 -2 -2.0 0
Cincinnati Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Pace 1 39
A. Bush 1 4
B. Cook 1 0
Indiana Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. McCrary-Ball 1 0
Cincinnati Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Fletcher 5 211 42.2
Indiana Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Evans 4 178 44.5
Cincinnati Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Montgomery 2 30 15.0
T. Tucker 1 -5 -5.0
Indiana Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Cincinnati Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Tucker 2 118 59.0
Indiana Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Hewitt 1 15 15.0
D. Ellis 1 16 16.0
Cincinnati Missed FG
Player Length
C. Smith 50
Indiana Missed FG
Player Length




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