Desmond Ridder threw two landing passes and ran for rating late within the fourth quarter as No. 7 Cincinnati capitalized on its huge alternative and beat No. 9 Notre Dame 24-13 Saturday in a sport the Bearcats hope could be the centerpiece of College Football Playoff resume.
Cincinnati (4-0) wished to make use of its first Top 10, regular-season matchup as an announcement sport, heading into its American Athletic Conference schedule. No crew from exterior the Power Five conferences has ever reached the playoff. Never even got here shut.
To break that barrier Bearcats virtually definitely must go undefeated and this journey to Notre Dame (4-1) stood because the hardest check on the schedule. Not to say the largest stage they’re going to seem on this season.
The Bearcats weren’t fairly dominant, however they had been a lot ok of their first journey to South Bend since 1900 to snap Notre Dame’s 26-game residence successful streak.
When advised how loud the gang could be at Notre Stadium this week, Ridder quipped that it would not be for lengthy.
The senior delivered, going 19 for 32 for 297 yards. He attached with Alec Pierce six occasions for 144 yards, and was at his finest after Notre Dame reduce the result in 17-13 with 8:20 left within the fourth quarter.
Ridder went 3 for 3, with a bullet down the center for 36 yards to Leonard Taylor, on the following drive. He capped it off with a 6-yard TD run round left finish that made it 24-13.
Cincinnati took benefit of three turnovers by Notre Dame within the first half to leap out to 17-0 lead. The miscues by the Irish had been killers.
Jack Coan’s move was intercepted within the pink zone by Ahmad Gardner on ill-advised throw underneath strain that ended Notre Dame first and finest drive of the half.
The Irish tried freshman Tyler Buchner at quarterback for a coupe of sequence, hoping his mobility may spark the operating sport. But Buchner’s move was picked off by DeShawn Pace whereas getting hit, and Pace arrange Cincinnati within the pink zone.
Ridder flipped a 1-yard move to Taylor to make it 7-0 early within the second quarter.
Chris Tyree fumbled the following kickoff again to Cincinnati and the Bearcats turned that right into a 23-yard discipline purpose by Cole Smith.
Ridder and the Bearcats put collectively their finest late within the second quarter, going 80 yards for a landing. Ridder was 3 for 4 on the drive, every completion for greater than 20 yards, together with the 27-yard landing to Tre Tucker that beat Irish All-America security Kyle Hamilton.
The Bearcats had been up 17-0 with 40 seconds left within the first half and for the third time Cincinnati followers, decked in pink within the higher reaches of the south finish zone, had been chanting “Let’s Go Bearcats!”
Cincinnati: The protection locked up Notre Dame for many of the sport, getting a shut-down sport from All-America cornerback Gardner and good strain from Myjai Sanders and Darrian Beavers.
Notre Dame: Drew Pyne, who took over final week within the second half in opposition to Wisconsin when Jack Coan went out with an ankle harm, got here off the bench within the third quarter once more for the Irish — this time simply to supply a spark.
Pyne was OK, exhibiting some Ian Book-ish mobility and eliminating the ball a bit of extra shortly than Coan. The sophomore was 9 for 22 for 143 yards and his 32-yard landing move to Braden Lenzy with 8:28 left within the fourth quarter reduce the result in 17-13. Jonathan Doerer missed the purpose after.
Cincinnati: Host Temple on Friday.
Notre Dame: At Virginia Tech on Saturday.
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