Duke seemed to have its first bowl win since 1961 well in hand - and then the bottom fell out.
With the game tied at 34 and the Blue Devils working on the clock while setting up for a potential go-ahead field goal, Josh Snead fumbled on a second-and-goal at the Cincinnati 5-yard line and the Bearcats recovered.
Four plays later, game MVP Brendon Kay connected on an 83-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce to help lift Cincinnati to a 48-34 victory in the Belk Bowl.
''It's heartbreaking, because we wanted to win this game for our seniors,'' Snead said. ''But as a team, we're going to learn from this and build off the momentum from this.''
After the game, Duke coach David Cutcliffe refused to pin the loss on Snead, saying there were numerous missed opportunities.
Snead said he'll move on and learn from the mistake.
''I've got great teammates,'' Snead said. ''They encouraged me to keep my head up. If you have a little adversity, you've got to face it. I'm one of the leade...