Cincinnati Football: Bearcats fail to convert on final drive in loss against Baylor

Cincinnati Bearcats meet Big 12 foe Baylor Bears at Nippert Stadium in 2023.
Cincinnati Bearcats meet Big 12 foe Baylor Bears at Nippert Stadium in 2023. /
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Despite trailing by double digits early, the Cincinnati Bearcats nearly came back before failing to convert on the final drive of a tight loss to the Baylor Bears.

Following a defensive stop that allowed a chance to complete the comeback, Cincinnati couldn’t get into field goal range and later turned it over on downs.

It appeared Baylor would pull away after going up by double digits in the second quarter but the Bearcats fought back and had an opportunity to get a win.

The final possession came to an end as Cincinnati quarterback Emory Jones failed to connect with tight end Chamon Metayer on fourth down near midfield.

Cincinnati Football: Bearcats fail to convert on final drive in loss against Baylor

Bearcats wide receiver Braden Smith fumbled a kick off return in the first half that Baylor recovered and took back for a touchdown to take a 17-7 lead.

Make sure to stay tuned for coverage in the coming days as Cincinnati aims to get back on track with a road trip to the Oklahoma State Cowboys up next.

Scott Satterfield’s team trailed 20-14 at halftime but the offense started to find a rhythm midway through the opening half to stay within striking distance.

With an opportunity to cut into the deficit heading into halftime, Myles Montgomery showed off his elite elusiveness with a 38-yard touchdown rush.

Cincinnati Football: Bearcats running back duo finds success in narrow loss to Baylor

Cincinnati running back Corey Kiner was able to post a game-high 129 rushing yards, while Montgomery put up 108 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.

During the postgame press conference on Saturday, Satterfield reacted to the close loss to Baylor and the running back duo per Cincinnati Athletics.

The Bearcats struggled to find an offensive groove until both running backs started to create explosive plays and that eventually opened up the pass game.

"“Giving them a touchdown on kickoff return, nothing they did there except for us just giving it to them. On a positive note, once we did get down in the second half, our guys didn’t hang their heads. They continued to play. We had an opportunity to come back to win the game on the last drive. I’m proud of our guys for that. 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.”"

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