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Brendon Kay threw for 332 yards and a Belk Bowl-record four touchdowns, and the Bearcats (10-3) won after the Blue Devils (6-7) had appeared to have the game in hand in the final minutes. With the game tied 34-34 and Duke positioning for a winning field goal, running back Josh Snead fumbled away the ball at the Cincinnati 5-yard line with 1:20 left. Kay hit tight end Travis Kelce for an 83-yard touchdown strike down the middle with 44 seconds left for the go-ahead score. The Bearcats sealed it on a deflected pass-turned interception return for a touchdown on the next series.
The Bearcats won without former head coach Butch Jones and both coordinators who helped guided them to the postseason.
Kay, who set a Belk Bowl record with four touchdown passes and was named the game’s MVP, called it a “huge win.”
“It’s really been chaos for the last month … pure chaos,” Kay said. “We’ve played it off as it hasn’t been but it was pure chaos from the time we found out (Jones) he was leaving.”
The big question will be can Kay hold off former starter Munchie Legaux who will also be returning next year. New coach Tommy Tuberville was able to get a very good look at Kay last night. While Tuberville remains in the background until after the bowl game, his new coaching staff eventually will put its stamp on things.
Last night senior runningback George Winn was a beast for the Bearcats running for 110 plus yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. The Bearcats are going to miss Winn.
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Cincinnati's Brendon Kay and Interim Head Coach Steve Stripling address the media after their 48-34 win over Duke in the Belk Bowl.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Brendon Kay threw for 332 yards and a Belk Bowl-record four touchdowns, and Cincinnati capitalized on Duke's inept play in the closing minutes to beat the Blue Devils 48-34 on Thursday night.
Duke appeared to have the game in hand and was driving for the go-ahead score -- and its first bowl victory since 1961 -- but the final 80 seconds proved disastrous...
All Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Brendon Kay wanted was one more chance.
He got it thanks to Cincinnati's defense.
The Bearcats forced Josh Snead's fumble at the Cincinnati 5 with 1:20 left and Kay threw an 83-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce with 44 seconds to go, lifting Cincinnati and interim coach Steve Stripling to an improbable 48-34 win over the Duke...
Brendon Kay threw for 332 yards and a Belk Bowl-record four touchdowns, and Cincinnati capitalized on Duke's inept play in the closing minutes to beat the Blue Devils 48-34 on Thursday night.
Duke appeared to have the game in hand and was driving for the go-ahead score - and its first bowl victory since 1961 - but the final 80 seconds proved disastrous. With the game tied at...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Brendon Kay wasn't sure if he'd get another shot. When he did, he made the most of it.
Duke running back Josh Snead fumbled at the Cincinnati 5 with 1:20 left and Kay threw an 83-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce with 44 seconds to go, lifting the Bearcats to an improbable 48-34 win over the Blue Devils.
Kay threw for 332 yards and his...
Alright, so maybe the Belk Bowl wasn't a blockbuster event Thursday night. But for both Duke and Cincinnati, a lot was at stake. The Bearcats rallied from an early 16-0 deficit to win, 48-34. The game was held at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. Cincy QB Brendon Kay shined, throwing for 332 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 76 yards. In this...
We've seen some crazy things here at Crystal Ball Run this season, but the Belk Bowl could be one of the craziest of the year.
Duke had all of five yards to go in order to win a bowl game for the first time in 51 years and with just 1:20 left in the game Duke's terrible past came back to haunt them as they fumbled the ball at the Bearcats 5 on a rushing play. Cincy threw...