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Cincinnati thumps USF for first Big East win of season

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Kevin McCullough returned a fumble 39 yards
for a touchdown, and Greg Moore and Butler Benton had touchdown
runs in the fourth quarter to lead Cincinnati over South Florida
23-6 Sunday night.

Neither offense reached the end zone until the fourth, when
Moore's 1-yard run and Benton's 27-yard score helped the Bearcats
(4-4, 1-2 Big East) take a 23-0 lead.

Two linebackers combined on the play that put Cincinnati ahead
9-0 in the third. Trevor Anderson stripped the ball from South
Florida's Taurus Johnson, and McCullough ran back the fumble for
the game's first touchdown.

The Bulls (5-3, 1-2) committed three turnovers. Redshirt
freshman quarterback Matt Grothe lost a fumble in the first
quarter, and he was intercepted at the Bearcats' 11-yard line by
Dominic Ross in the third.

South Florida avoided a shutout on backup quarterback Pat
Julmiste's 10-yard touchdown pass to Amp Hill with 50 seconds
remaining.

The game started four hours after the Cincinnati Bengals beat
the Carolina Panthers 17-14 a couple miles south of the University
of Cincinnati campus and drew a crowd of only 15,889 -- almost 4,000
below the Bearcats' average in four previous home games.

Fans who had ticket stubs from the Bengals' game were eligible
for discounted tickets to the college game.

The Bearcats had a 2-0 lead at halftime. Bulls running back
Benjamin Williams was tackled by Anderson in the South Florida end
zone for a safety with 5:39 left in the first quarter.

The Bulls came in averaging 379.4 yards of offense and were held
to 219, their fewest in 15 games since gaining 174 in a 27-7 loss
at Miami on Oct. 1, 2005.

Both teams played on Sunday night for the first time.