Desmond Ridder, No. 8 Cincinnati defeated Miami of Ohio 49-14

CINCINNATI (AP) – Desmond Ridder was 20 of 25 for 295 yards and four touchdowns and No. 8 Cincinnati defeated Ohio, Ohio 49:14 on Saturday for both teams opener.

The Bearcats joined the streak, which began in 1888, at 59-59-7.

Ridder tossed an 81-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Scott on Scrimmage’s second play. It was the longest TD litter of his career.

Ridder also ran six times for 31 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown carry. The fifth grader had an interception.

Jerome Ford added 121 yards of rushing yards on 12 carries and scored a 21-yard run in the second quarter.

Backup quarterback AJ Mayer started for the Redhawks. Mayer played instead of Brett Gabbert, who injured a knee the previous season. Gabbert only returned with a thumb injury that prevented his participation.

Miami scored 3:20 in the game on a 19-yard run by Kenny Tracy in their 11th possession. Before breaking the shutout, the Redhawks had 10 possessions, six of which ended in punts. Four possession of the ball ended in downs, two of them in the Cincinnati 20. Miami’s head coach Chuck Martin missed field goal opportunities.

John Saunders took the pass from Cincinnati backup quarterback Evan Prater and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown.

Mayer was 9 of 29 tries for 109 yards. Keyon Mozee stormed for 80 yards 15 times for the Redhawks.

Cincinnati scored five touchdowns in the first half. Miami, with six possessions, got no closer than the Cincinnati 32.

BE FIT TO BE TIED

Miami tied or led the series since 1916. The last time it was a tie was in 1953. The series has been played every year since 1945 when Covid limited Miami to three games in 2020. The teams did not meet in 1943 or 1944, but played every year from 1909 to 1942. The first meeting on December 8, 1888 was a 0-0 draw.

NEXT

Miami: On Saturday in Minnesota.

Cincinnati: hosted Murray State on Saturday.

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