(*7*)(*7*)Desmond Ridder threw two landing passes and ran for rating late contained in the fourth quarter as No. 7 Cincinnati capitalized on its monumental varied and beat No. 9 Notre Dame 24-13 Saturday in a sport the Bearcats hope may very well be the centerpiece of College Football Playoff resume.
(*7*)Cincinnati (4-0) wished to make the most of its first Top 10, regular-season matchup as an announcement sport, heading into its American Athletic Conference schedule. No group from exterior the Power Five conferences has ever reached the playoff. Never even purchased proper right here shut.
To break that barrier Bearcats nearly actually ought to go undefeated and this journey to Notre Dame (4-1) stood on account of the hardest check on the schedule. Not to say a really highly effective stage they will seem on this season.
The Bearcats weren’t fairly dominant, however they have been tons ample of their first journey to South Bend since 1900 to snap Notre Dame’s 26-game dwelling worthwhile streak.
When urged how loud the group may very well be at Notre Stadium this week, Ridder quipped that it couldn’t be for extended.
The senior delivered, going 19 for 32 for 297 yards. He associated with Alec Pierce six circumstances for 144 yards, and was at his greatest after Notre Dame scale back the result in 17-13 with 8:20 left contained in 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 spherical left finish that made it 24-13.
Cincinnati took benefit of three turnovers by Notre Dame inside the primary half to leap out to 17-0 lead. The miscues by the Irish have been killers.
Jack Coan’s switch was intercepted contained in the purple zone by Ahmad Gardner on ill-advised throw beneath stress that ended Notre Dame first and largest drive of the half.
The Irish tried freshman Tyler Buchner at quarterback for a coupe of sequence, hoping his mobility may spark the working sport. But Buchner’s switch was picked off by DeShawn Pace whereas getting hit, and Pace put together Cincinnati contained in the purple zone.
Ridder flipped a 1-yard switch to Taylor to make it 7-0 early contained in the second quarter.
Chris Tyree fumbled the following kickoff as soon as extra to Cincinnati and the Bearcats turned that correct proper right into a 23-yard area purpose by Cole Smith.
Ridder and the Bearcats put collectively their greatest late contained in the second quarter, going 80 yards for a landing. Ridder was 3 for 4 on the drive, every completion for larger than 20 yards, together with the 27-yard landing to Tre Tucker that beat Irish All-America security Kyle Hamilton.
The Bearcats have been up 17-0 with 40 seconds left inside the primary half and for the third time Cincinnati followers, decked in purple contained in the bigger reaches of the south finish zone, have been chanting (*9*)
Cincinnati: The security locked up Notre Dame for plenty of the game, getting a shut-down sport from All-America cornerback Gardner and good stress from Myjai Sanders and Darrian Beavers.
Notre Dame: Drew Pyne, who took over closing week contained in the second half in opposition to Wisconsin when Jack Coan went out with an ankle harm, purchased proper right here off the bench contained in the third quarter as quickly as further for the Irish — this time merely to offer a spark.
Pyne was OK, displaying some Ian Book-ish mobility and eliminating the ball barely extra rapidly than Coan. The sophomore was 9 for 22 for 143 yards and his 32-yard landing switch to Braden Lenzy with 8:28 left contained in the fourth quarter scale back 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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