Cincinnati Bearcats remain winless in conference play after suffering a 30-10 loss against the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday at Nippert Stadium.
Following an impressive start to the regular season, the Bearcats are still searching for the first Big 12 win after experiencing a fourth consecutive loss.
Scott Satterfield’s team was hoping to get back on track but several missed opportunities and sluggish mistakes allowed Iowa State to eventually pull away.
There were plenty of chances for Cincinnati to stay within striking distance but two turnovers and 3/13 on third down attempts were too much to overcome.
Cincinnati Football: Bearcats remain winless in Big 12 play following 30-10 loss to Iowa State
After leading in the opening minutes, the Bearcats were held scoreless in the second quarter and Iowa State was able to take a 17-7 lead into halftime.
Cincinnati senior quarterback Emory Jones found sophomore tight end Chamon Metayer for a 20-yard touchdown to jump out to an early 7-3 lead.
Iowa State immediately responded with a dominant second quarter that included two touchdown drives and that momentum carried into the second half.
Jones finished with 168 total yards, one touchdown and two picks, while Metayer posted a team-best 43 receiving yards and one touchdown in the loss.
Cincinnati Football: Scott Satterfield reacts to the Bearcats blowout loss against Iowa State
Bearcats veteran safety Deshawn Pace racked up a game-high 10 tackles, and senior linebacker Daniel Grzesiak totaled seven tackles and two sacks.
Cincinnati began the regular season with high hopes but a string of unexpected setbacks left the program searching for answers as conference play continues.
During the postgame press conference, Satterfield discussed the blowout loss and how the team will attempt to bounce back per Cincinnati Athletics.
"“When you’re going through this, you find out what you’re made of as an individual and team. We’re sitting here at the halfway point so we have an opportunity to go out and continue to compete by keep getting better and working. That’s what you lean on. I think we have guys in our room that will do that. We’ll come back tomorrow and go to work. It’s so easy to get down on yourself. We have to get better today. You can’t just show up against the teams we play in the Big 12. It’s not one coach or player, it’s collectively everybody in the building.”"