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
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
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
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