As the season finale comes to an end, the Cincinnati Bearcats suffered a 49-16 loss against the Kansas Jayhawks at Nippert Stadium on Saturday night.
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.
Kansas took a double digit lead into halftime before outscoring Cincinnati 21-6 in the fourth quarter to create separation and eventually secure a victory.
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 suffer 49-16 loss to Kansas in regular season finale
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.
Cincinnati linebacker Jonathan Thompson compiled a team-high with eight total tackles including a pair of tackles for loss during the blowout loss to Kansas.
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 officially came to a close.
In addition to struggling offensively, the Bearcats failed to slow down Kansas’ offensive attack that posted 562 total yards and 312 rushing yards.
Cincinnati Football: Corey Kiner surpasses 1,000 rushing yards in season-ending loss
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.
During the postgame press conference, Satterfield reacted to the season-ending loss to Kansas and looked ahead to next season via Cincinnati Athletics.
"“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 as soon as they get back and it’s going to be hard. It’s going to be hard on us coaches as well as the players. But they want that so this winter is going to be extremely difficult. The reason we lost a lot of games this season was from undisciplined play and not doing the things we need to give ourselves a chance and that happened again tonight. Those are things we are going to clean up. It’s unacceptable to play the way we played at times this year and it cost us a lot of games. Those are the things I’m looking forward to fixing this offseason.”"