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 Blue Devils on Thursday night.
''We were figuring we might get one more shot as an offense and when we got the fumble we looked at each other and said we've worked way too hard to quit now,'' Kay said.
Kay, who set a Belk Bowl record with four touchdown passes and was named the game's MVP, called it a ''huge win'' given the adversity the Bearcats faced after losing coach Butch Jones and their two coordinators three weeks ago.
''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.'...