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It took some late game heroism, but No 9 Cincinnati celebrated their maiden AAC Championship Game win on Saturday night with a 27:24 win over Tulsa, thanks to a 34 yard field goal from Cole Smith after the end of the game Time The win improved the Bearcats to 9-0 and secured their spot in a New Year’s Six Bowl game, though it likely did little to improve their long-term chances of making the college football playoffs

Even without a CFP appearance, beating Tulsa helped cement the 2020 season as a special one in the history of the Cincinnati program that could get even cuter based on the results of their bowl game The Bearcats Are Never undefeated and have only one single season in their time as an FBS program with a loss

Saturday’s result called for some clutch manipulation The Tulsa defense made a big impression early in the fourth quarter when Cincinnati decided to take a 24-17 lead on the Tulsa 5-yard line by Jerome Ford of Cincinnati lost 3 yards in the game when the Bearcats made a head-scratching decision as a field goal would give them a two-ball advantage

Cincinnati missed another opportunity to take control when Smith’s 37-yard field goal was blocked at 6:27 that returned the possession to Tulsa, who drove 80 yards in seven games, to make it 24-24 to tie at 3:41 when Zac Smith found J. Santana for a 13 yard touchdown

But the hurricane gave junior quarterback Desmond Ridder enough time to orchestrate a game-changing drive, and he delivered despite poor weather conditions, Ridder completed 19 of 29 passes for 269 yards with one touchdown and non-stop

A loss to Cincinnati would have opened the door for Coastal Carolina to represent the Group of Five in a six-bowl New Year game, but that honor now goes to the Bearcats, who, according to Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, are expected to be in Georgia the Peach Bowl This is a nice upgrade for the Bearcats who have played the last two seasons in the Birmingham Bowl and Achieving a marquee bowl is also an impressive feather in the cap for fourth-year coach Luke Fickell, who stands 31-5 in the last three seasons after playing 4-8 in his first year

Cincinnati’s success under Fickell has made him a hot name on the coaching carousel in the past, and it’s likely that his name will be known in connection with openings this year as well, and no coach has stayed with Cincinnati for more than four years Rick Minter held the job from 1994 to 2003, Mark Dantonio moved to Michigan State, Brian Kelly moved to Notre Dame, and Butch Jones moved from Cincinnati to Tennessee before Tommy Tuberville got the job and stepped down after his fourth year
Fickell’s performance is akin to a high profile job at a power conference, but he’s from Ohio, played in the state of Ohio, and has spent his entire coaching career in the state, and may well become the first Cincinnati coach to reach his fifth season in nearly two decades / p>

While the national talk about Cincinnati will focus on whether the Bearcats should be considered for a place in the playoffs and the right to fight for a national title, it was clear on Ridder’s face as he went down Tears Back at the Game Winning the AAC Crown Means Something to the Program After Cincinnati lost 29-24 to Memphis in last season’s conference championship game, it was an ongoing deal for Cincinnati

But AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco only fueled the flames of discord during the trophy handover when he stated that Cincinnati deserves to be in the playoffs except for one major tweak on Sunday, it won’t and it will won’t be the first time an undefeated AAC champion has been left out, UCF was 12-0 in 2017 and 2018, but was left out both times

This shouldn’t take Cincinnati a fantastic season that can prove it belongs on the big stage as it gears up to face a distinguished Power Conference opponent in a marquee bowl game in just a few weeks.

Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder held back tears and described what it meant for the Bearcats to win the AAC: picTwittercom / qcZ330Ywut

FINALTulsa fights to the end, but falls on Cincinnati with a second field goal # ReignCane 👑🌀 #HuntForTheCrown BildTwittercom / y2smkRVgZO

TOUCHDOWNDS Don’t go now, but we have a linked game! JuanCarlos Santana with the HUGE TD catch for the hurricane! #ReignCane 👑🌀 #HuntForTheCrown picTwittercom / ud1DIfTgIC

Tulsa scores with a 13-yard pass The game is tied at midnight with 3:41 am # Bearcats secure

Cincinnati missed a few opportunities to extend their lead here in the fourth quarter, and now Tulsa is knocking on the door at 3:47 am at 24-17 Bearcats

End of third place The hurricane and the bear cats are in battle! Throw them up 4s! IT’S TIME TO LEAVE! #ReignCane 👑🌀 #HuntForTheCrown BildTwittercom / C0kahlxUSR

DARRIAN BEAVERS WITH THE TAKEAWAY‼ ️The second interception of the linebacker this season brings the #Bearcats into midfield with 3:53 in the quarter BildTwittercom / gTsy2YLMeZ

DESMOND RIDDER TO THE END ZONE‼ ️ QB1 hits in a 10-yard carry to bring Cincinnati back to the top # Bearcats: 24 | Tulsa: 177:14 in the third quarter picTwittercom / pmOP2RXK32

Three Deneric Prince handovers pay off with a Golden Hurricane touchdown! 17-17 for the crown! #ReignCane 👑🌀 #HuntForTheCrown picTwittercom / CpEoRYZJpL

Tulsa ties up the score in an 8 yard rush # Bearcats: 17 | Tulsa: 1710: 05 in the third

TOUCHDOWN The energetic prince is a MAN! 3 rushes 55 yards and the hurricane is connected to Cincinnati! #ReignCane 👑🌀 #HuntForTheCrown BildTwittercom / VFn4dSY5rJ

85 rushing yards and a touchdown for Corey Taylor II in the first half! #ReignCane 👑🌀 #HuntForTheCrown picTwittercom / pmMqLQOlBa

Halftime The hurricane raves about the defense and forces you to fumble twice in the first half! It’s our time to shine! Who is ready for the second half ?! # ReignCane 👑🌀 #HuntForTheCrown picTwittercom / r3dtp6T1TJ

Halftime The hurricane swarms in defense and forces 2 fiddling in the first half! It’s our time to shine! Who is ready for the second half ?! # ReignCane 👑🌀 #HuntForTheCrown picTwittercom / 9usJvpW80D

THAT’S A DIFFERENT CINCINNATI TOUCHDOWN‼ ️Ridder walks 36 meters to WR Alec Pierce and the #Bearcats take the lead again # Bearcats: 17 | Tulsa: 103: 17 in half pictureTwittercom / aK8DjPG52d

TOUCHDOWN Defense leads to attack! Corey Taylor II plows into the end zone for the Hurricane Touchdown! #ReignCane 👑🌀 #HuntForTheCrown picTwittercom / O3OiAD59rq

Back-to-back scoring drives from Tulsa bring the result at 10 with 8:36 in the first half

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