Cincinnati Bearcats have lost three straight games for the first time since 2017 after suffering a 35-27 loss against Big 12 foe BYU Cougars on Friday night.
Despite compiling more first downs and total yards, the Bearcats committed too many critical mistakes and unforced errors in the sloppy performance.
Scott Satterfield’s team is still searching for the first Big 12 victory in school history after starting 0-2 in conference and suffering a third straight loss.
The frustrating showing marks the first three-game losing streak for Cincinnati since Luke Fickell was in the midst of his first season as head coach in 2017.
Cincinnati Football: Losing streak continues as the Bearcats fall short 35-20 against BYU
BYU cornerback Jakob Robinson intercepted Emory Jones on the first drive of the game and returned it for a touchdown to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead.
Just moments after being picked off, Jones tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Chamon Metayer as the Bearcats tied it midway through the second quarter.
It appeared Cincinnati would have a chance to cut into the deficit before Braden Smith muffed a punt and BYU recovered it as the third quarter ended.
The Bearcats controlled time of possession during the first half but a last-second touchdown allowed BYU to regain momentum heading into halftime.
Cincinnati Football: Several critical mistakes cost the Bearcats in frustrating loss at BYU
Cincinnati had plenty of opportunities to stay within striking distance in the second half but several self-inflicted lapses contributed to a third straight loss.
Even though it resulted in a disappointing outcome, Metayer showcased his ability with a career-high 59 yards and two touchdowns on three receptions.
Jones posted 350 total yards, three touchdowns and one interception, while Smith racked up 72 receiving yards and one touchdown catch in the loss at BYU.
With a bye week coming up next, Cincinnati will try to regroup before hosting the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday, October 14 at Nippert Stadium.