CINCINNATI (AP) – Gerrid Doaks rushed for a career height of 184 yards and a touchdown, Desmond Ridder ran for three points and threw for another, and No. 6 Cincinnati rolled past Houston between 38 and 10 on Saturday.
Doaks has run the most meters of a Bearcats player since Mike Boones’ 212 against South Florida in 2014. It was Doaks’ best total since he had 149 in Tulane on November 4, 2017.
Ridder rushed for 103 yards and threw for 162. He has made 13 touchdowns (eight races, five passes) in the last three games.
The Bearcats (6-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) extended their home winning streak to 18 games.
Doaks found a huge hole in a third-and-1 game in the first quarter and drove 72 yards. Two games later, he started his 2-yard touchdown run.
Doaks had 109 all-purpose yards in the first quarter. At halftime he had 11 tote bags covering 166 yards.
Ridder completed a 10-game drive of 75 yards with a 10-yard TD run to make it 14-0 in the second quarter.
Houston (2-3, 2-2) had a total of 187 yards for the first half and 65 came on one trip. A 34-yard acrobatic catch from Bryson Smith led to Kyle Porter’s 3-yard TD run to bring the Cougars’ deficit down to 14-7.
Cincinnati scored two goals in the final two minutes of the first half, leading 28-10, starting with Ridder’s 32-yard touchdown run. A 48 yard run by Doaks resulted in a 4 yard TD pass from Ridder to Josh Whyle, who jumped in the end zone.
Ridder added a 12 yard TD run early in the fourth quarter.
Houston: Cougars head coach Dana Holgorsen spoke about the importance of setting up the running game this week, but it never really got going. Kyle Porter, the team’s lead rusher, had 69 yards over 16 runs. The rest of the team was 24 meters on the ground when the Cougars 342-93 were overtaken.
Cincinnati: The Bearcats haven’t lost at home since November 10, 2017, when they lost to Temple between 35 and 24. Cincinnati is one of four teams, along with Ohio State, Notre Dame and Clemson, to have gone undefeated at home for the past two seasons.
Houston welcomes South Florida on Saturday.
Cincinnati welcomes East Carolina on Friday.