Cincinnati Football: Red zone concerns could be a recurring issue throughout season

Despite dominating most statistical categories, the Cincinnati Bearcats weren’t able to capitalize on several red zone trips against the Miami Redhawks.

Emory Jones couldn’t find a rhythm in the passing game and it eventually resulted in two interceptions including a game-sealing pick in overtime.

Satterfield faced his first setback at the helm of the program but it will give the staff a chance to address weaknesses and analyze the poor performance.

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

Cincinnati Football: Red zone concerns could be a recurring issue throughout season

Cincinnati struggled to find success in the red zone and the Redhawks were able to take advantage of multiple costly mistakes throughout the game.

It was a sluggish performance from the opening kick off as Miami played with more energy and focus en route to snapping the 18-year losing streak.

The Bearcats will look to put together a solid week of practice and attempt to get back on track in the Big 12 opener against the Oklahoma Sooners this week.

With a promising start to the season and increased expectations, Cincinnati was poised for a successful campaign before suffering the surprising loss.

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

Following the frustrating loss to Miami, Satterfield discussed the red zone struggles in the postgame press conference per Cincinnati Athletics.

“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. It’s very disappointing obviously. We have to regroup and look at ourselves in the mirror.”