After falling to the Kansas Jayhawks in the regular season finale on Saturday, the Cincinnati Bearcats inaugural Big 12 campaign has officially ended.
Cincinnati will have a chance to improve the coaching staff and roster in the coming months but there are a lot of question marks heading into the offseason.
It was a fitting way to end one of the worst seasons in recent memory as the Bearcats wrapped up Scott Satterfield’s first year with an abysmal 3-9 record.
There is a long way to go until the program is back to competing for championships and that became clear throughout the disappointing season-ending loss.
Cincinnati Football: Bearcats end inaugural Big 12 campaign with blowout loss
Bearcats running back Corey Kiner was a bright spot this season, becoming just the 13th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-yard milestone.
Even though it was a disappointing inaugural Big 12 campaign, Kiner was one of the bright spots and that momentum should continue into his senior season.
Kiner eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the sixth time this year, racking up a team-high 106 rushing yards on 18 carries as the season finally came to a close.
The Cincinnati product and former Roger Bacon High School standout is the first Bearcats running back to have 1,000 rushing yards since Jerome Ford in 2021.
Cincinnati Football: Scott Satterfield reacts to the Bearcats 49-16 loss to Kansas
During the postgame press conference, Satterfield reacted to the season-ending loss to Kansas and looked ahead to next year via Cincinnati Athletics.
In addition to struggling offensively, the Bearcats failed to slow down Kansas’ offensive attack that compiled 562 total yards and 312 rushing yards.
"“This winter is going to be extremely difficult. One thing I told our team was I apologized to our seniors. We didn’t have the year that they deserved and I feel for them from the bottom of my heart. We’re going to help those guys in any way we can in the future as far as jobs or hoping they keep playing. I told the freshmen and underclassmen that we’ll get to work this winter and it’s going to be hard on all of us.”"