Cincinnati Football: Dominant first half performance fuels the Bearcats past Pittsburgh

Cincinnati Bearcats running back Corey Kiner during game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Acrisure Stadium.
Cincinnati Bearcats running back Corey Kiner during game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Acrisure Stadium. /
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Following an impressive first half performance, the Cincinnati Bearcats earned a 27-21 win over the rival Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday night!

Heading into the fourth quarter with a double digit advantage, it appeared Cincinnati would coast to a victory before Pittsburgh cut into the deficit.

Scott Satterfield’s team jumped out to a quick start and took a 20-7 lead into halftime as Corey Kiner compiled a career-high 120 rushing yards.

The Bearcats offense wasn’t nearly as effective in the fourth quarter but the defense tightened up in the final minutes to keep Pittsburgh at bay.

Cincinnati Football: Dominant first half performance fuels the Bearcats past Pittsburgh

Despite struggling to find an offensive rhythm down the stretch, Cincinnati found a way to fend off Pittsburgh’s comeback and secure a win.

Jack Dingle came up clutch with a team-high seven tackles, highlighted by a pivotal sack to stop a potential game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.

Kiner finished with a career-best 153 rushing yards and one touchdown on 20 carries to help fuel the Bearcats past the former Big East foe.

There is still plenty of room for improvement moving forward but Cincinnati continued to show off their impressive potential and remain unbeaten.

Cincinnati Football: Bearcats survive comeback to secure 27-21 win over rival Pittsburgh

During the postgame press conference, Satterfield discussed his thoughts on the Bearcats win against Pittsburgh per Cincinnati Athletics!

"“We knew what kind of team we were going to come in here and play. When we got up 27-7, I knew it wasn’t going to be over. They have a lot of pride in their program and you’re playing in their place. I’m really proud of the way our guys played. The defense bowed their neck back and would not let them get any more completions at the end of the drive, and we end up getting a sack on fourth down to get the ball back. Then at that point, we knew we needed to get two first downs on offense and our guys went and got two first downs.”"

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