South Florida 6

(5-3, 1-2 American)

Cincinnati 23

(4-4, 1-2 American)

Coverage: ESPN

8:00 PM ET, October 22, 2006

Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

1 2 3 4 T
USF 0 0 0 66
CIN 2 0 7 1423

Top Performers

Passing: P. Julmiste (USF) - 80 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: G. Moore (CIN) - 12 CAR, 66 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Hill (USF) - 3 REC, 26 YDS, 1 TD

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.