Cincinnati 15

(2-0, 1-0 away)

West Virginia 13

(1-2, 0-2 home)

Coverage: ESPN Plus

12:00 PM ET, September 13, 2003

Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV

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CIN 3 9 3 015
WVU 0 7 6 013


MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Ticker) -- Cincinnati defeated West Virginia for the first time in school history, using its defense to hold on for a 15-13 victory.

The Bearcats came in 0-11-1 all-time against the Mountaineers, including last year's 35-32 home loss in which Jonathan Ruffin's potential tying 49-yard field goal bounced off the upright as time expired.

In this one, Cincinnati (2-0) got the better of the kicking game. Chet Ervin kicked three field goals, including a go-ahead 39-yarder with 1:59 left in the third quarter that closed the scoring.

Meanwhile, West Virginia's Brad Cooper missed an extra point, a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 48-yarder with 2:23 to go.

Cincinnati coach Rick Minter improved to 50-56-1, tying Sid Gillman for the all-time school lead in victories. Gillman compiled 50 wins in six years.

Gino Guidugli threw a touchdown pass and the Bearcats shut down dual-threat quarterback Rasheed Marshall, limiting him to 10-of-30 passing for 125 yards and two interceptions and 11 carries for 36 yards.

Ervin kicked field goals of 44 and 43 yards in the first half as the Bearcats cashed in on good field position.

Marshall gave West Virginia (1-1) the lead with an 11-yard TD pass to Chris Henry with 5:32 left in the second quarter, but Guidugli got it right back, capping a 79-yard march with a three-yard TD toss to Cedric Dawley with 1:49 before halftime.

Marshall's second TD pass was a 48-yarder to Travis Garvin that was followed by Cooper's missed extra point, leaving the Mountaineers with a 13-12 lead with 8:57 to play in the third quarter.

Again Guidugli responded, putting together a 64-yard drive leading to Ervin's go-ahead kick.

Guidugli was 17-of-35 for 146 yards, moving past Deontey Kenner into second place on the school's all-time yardage list. Richard Hall ran for 85 yards on 18 carries and Derrick Eddington added 53 on 17 for Cincinnati, which held a 311-243 edge in total yards.

West Virginia's Quincy Wilson was held to 39 yards on 18 carries.