Cincinnati Bearcats running back Corey Kiner compiled a career-high 153 rushing yards during a 27-21 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday!
Kiner recorded a career-best 68-yard run in the first quarter and helped the Bearcats get off to a quick start with a 7-yard touchdown before halftime.
The Cincinnati product showed off elite potential in the season opener last weekend, surpassing the 100-yard mark for the third time in his career.
With an opportunity to close out the game, Kiner picked up a crucial first down and stayed in bounds to seal a win over the former Big East foe.
Cincinnati Football: Corey Kiner compiles a career-high 153 rushing yards against Pittsburgh
Despite struggling to find an offensive rhythm in the final minutes, the Bearcats found a way to fend off Pittsburgh’s comeback attempt.
Heading into the fourth quarter with a double digit advantage, it appeared Cincinnati would coast to a win before Pittsburgh cut into the deficit.
Scott Satterfield’s team made just enough plays down the stretch to remain in front and eventually ensure a win in the River City Rivalry.
The Bearcats offense wasn’t as nearly effective in the second half but the defense tightened up to keep Pittsburgh from completing the comeback.
Cincinnati Football: Dominant first half performance fuels the Bearcats past Pittsburgh
Kiner reacted to his career-best performance to lead the Bearcats past Pittsburgh during the postgame press conference per Cincinnati Athletics.
"“The guys up front, the receivers and tight ends are doing a great job opening up running lanes for me to get these rushing yards so I can’t be more thankful for those guys. We just keep working. Nobody else had faith in us but us. Everybody counted us out before the season even started against teams like Pitt but the guys came to work this week and we took every day personal so this game was personal for us. The guys up front allowed that to happen. I knew we needed to stay in bounds so I just decided to slide and keep the clock running.”"