Cincinnati Bearcats running back duo Corey Kiner and Myles Montgomery impressed in a narrow loss against the Baylor Bears on Saturday afternoon.
Kiner compiled a game-high 129 rushing yards with 15 carries, and Montgomery racked up 103 rushing yards and two touchdowns during the 32-29 loss.
The Bearcats struggled to find an offensive groove until both running backs started to create explosive plays and that eventually opened up the pass attack.
With an opportunity to cut into the deficit heading into halftime, Montgomery showed off his speed and elusiveness with a 38-yard touchdown run.
Cincinnati Football: Bearcats running back duo finds success in narrow loss to Baylor
It appeared Baylor would pull away after going up by double digits in the second quarter but the Bearcats fought back and had a chance to take a late lead.
One of the most consequential plays occurred in the first half as Cincinnati wide receiver Braden Smith fumbled a kick off and Baylor returned it for a score.
Scott Satterfield’s team trailed 20-14 at halftime but the offense started to find a rhythm midway through the first half to stay within striking distance.
The final possession came to an end as the Bearcats quarterback Emory Jones failed to connect with tight end Chamon Metayer on fourth down near midfield.
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During the postgame press conference on Saturday, Satterfield discussed the Bearcats running backs and reacted to the loss per Cincinnati Athletics.
The Bearcats return to action against the Oklahoma State Cowboys next weekend with hopes of getting in the win column for the first time in over a month.
"“We wanted to come in and establish the run, and we were able to do it. Our running backs ran hard today. We had some explosive runs and we have not seen that this year like we had today. That’s a definite positive. I thought Corey and Myles ran very hard. They did some great things in the running game and guys up front blocked well today. One of the big plays was on third down when Myles broke a tackle and hit the sideline and scored a touchdown. Corey had a big 40-yard run as well. Both of them did great things in the run game today.”"