Cincinnati Football: Bearcats come up short in shocking 31-24 overtime loss to rival Miami

After winning 16 straight games in the series, the Cincinnati Bearcats fell short in a shocking 31-24 overtime loss to the rival Miami Redhawks tonight.

Cincinnati had a chance to escape with a victory in the final minutes of regulation but a potential game-winning field goal was blocked to force overtime.

It was a sluggish performance from the opening kick as Miami played with more aggression and energy en route to breaking the 18-year losing skid.

Scott Satterfield’s team struggled to convert in the red zone and the Redhawks were able to take advantage of costly mistakes throughout the game.

Cincinnati Football: Bearcats come up short in shocking 31-24 overtime loss to rival Miami

Emory Jones couldn’t find a rhythm in the passing game and it resulted in a pair of interceptions including a game-sealing pick in the extra period.

Ryan Montgomery racked up a season-high 101 rushing yards but it wasn’t enough to propel the Bearcats to a 17th consecutive victory over Miami.

There are plenty of concerns moving forward as Cincinnati failed to take care of business behind an underwhelming showing on both sides of the ball.

With Big 12 play around the corner, the Bearcats will have to quickly regroup and attempt to get back on track in the conference opener next weekend.

Cincinnati Football: Scott Satterfield reacts to the Bearcats loss against Miami in annual rivalry

During the postgame press conference, Satterfield discussed the disappointing loss and explained how the team will respond per Cincinnati Athletics.

“Very disappointed that we didn’t get it done. There were a lot of factors but the main factor was an inability to score a touchdown in the red zone. Any way you want to slice it, that was the big factor in the game. They did a good job of keeping everything tight, inside the box and make it hard for us to get into the end zone. That’s the difference in the game. There were things that happened throughout the game that obviously if you do a little bit better, you have a chance to win and we didn’t get it done. You tip your hat to coach Martin and his staff for what they were able to do to get that win. Just very disappointed in the outcome.”